Montalvo Arts Center’s mission is to engage the public in the creative process, acting as a catalyst for exploring the arts, unleashing creativity, and advancing different cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. We achieve our mission by creating and presenting arts of all types, nurturing artists, and using our historic property in innovative ways.
Located in Silicon Valley’s Saratoga Hills, the Montalvo grounds include a 1912 Mediterranean-style Villa, its formal gardens, and two-acre Great Lawn; the historic Claire Loftus Carriage House Theatre and the Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre; and 175 acres of trails through redwood trees. Below the Villa and across the creek are hidden ten free-standing live/work studios and the Commons of the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP), which hosts over 100 artists each year from diverse backgrounds across the nation and the world. The LAP is the third-oldest artist residency program in the United States.
Three special assets–our extraordinary physical environment and grounds, a rich diversity of multigenerational visitors, and artistically excellent programs–combine to make Montalvo a unique multidisciplinary arts organization that has become a place for people of all ages and all walks of life to engage in meaningful, accessible, and inspiring arts experiences.
P.O. Box 158, Saratoga, CA 95071
Montalvo Arts Center, in partnership with Santa Clara County Artspiration, San Jose State University, and the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, is proud to announce its annual conference for artists, educators, administrators, and members of the community interested in better understanding where arts and creative practice can enhance their professional and/or personal development. At this year’s event, we will explore how the arts can help build tangible connections and cultivate empathy in an increasingly disparate and divisive world. Specific workshop topics engage with questions relating to the dualities of self/other, teacher/student, school/community, art/academics, technology/analog, and more.
Our 2018 keynote speaker will be Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University and the author of the award-winning books Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America, and We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation.
School – Community: How do we bring the community into the classroom or extend the borders of classroom walls? Are we being culturally and real-world relevant in our curriculum?
Participants will learn to locate and leverage resources in the community to bring the classroom out into the world and the world into the classroom, so as to create a humanity-centered environment grounded in the arts.
Presenter: Patrice Milillo
Self – Other: How can we foster empathetic relations and self-aware social-emotional development in a culturally relevant way?
Participants will make meaning on the theme of allyship as it relates to solidarity in this experiential workshop. Through a series of art-centered activities, participants will engage with texts and group/individual reflection on how they can enact and support action beyond empathy. Suggested pre-reading: “Learning from the 60s” by Audre Lorde & for anyone identifying as white: “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo.
Presenter: Derek Fenner
Discipline: Visual Art, Literature
Teacher – Learner: Who is the teacher and who is the learner? How do we approach this dynamic, and how can we re-frame it? Where can pedagogy become democratic and accommodate different ways of learning?
This workshop will illustrate and manifest the Exquisite Knowing™ model’s potential to bridge a spectrum of constituencies and learners, catalyze innovative community solution, and empower participants for dynamic, ongoing engagement. By illuminating diverse perspectives and creating networks of trust, shared vocabularies and skills will emerge to empower participants to tackle burning questions and issues relevant to their communities.
Presenter: Ashley David
Technology – Analog: How do we find balance between technological and analog applications? How does one practice feed into the other — and vice-versa?
This interactive workshop will explore music production, composition, and arrangement using both analog and digital tools. Learn the history and the power of “The Cypher” by creating inside of it, using motions and sounds composed with just the body. Explore how this concept is used digitally with music production software “BeatMaker 2” on the iPad, and publish your new music to the internet where it can be accessed worldwide on any smartphone or computer.
Art – Academics: Can the analytic be creative? Can the artistic be academic? How do we enhance the complimentary nature of these two mindsets and dispositions?
The goal of this session is to gain new perspectives on the role the arts can play in academic learning, and how the arts foster equity and access to learning for all students. Hands-on, integrated learning activities will connect visual art, literacy, and the natural and social sciences, and participants will explore the creative process as a dynamic form of inquiry for classroom learning, connecting the analytical and problem-solving processes essential to across content areas.
Presenter: Susan Freeman
Discipline: Visual Art, Literature
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For more information, call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Service fees may apply and are non-refundable.
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Montalvo Arts Center, multiple locations on campus