This series includes a TV show, segments for "This Week in Northern California", an educational outreach program and a website featuring Bay Area artists and arts organizations. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, Spark takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art. Produced by KQED TV.
Favianna Rodriguez, Ben Levy and Julio Morales (#516H) Duration: 28:28 STEREO TVG
* Favianna Rodriguez is part of a tradition of Chicano graphic artists that dates back to the 60's. A 28-year-old self-taught artist, Rodriguez spent her teen years in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood attending free community art workshops. Spark watches as she creates silkscreen and offset posters and follows her to a Day Laborer's Conference to create dialogue around her latest work.
* Though only 5 years old, LEVYdance has made a big splash in the SF dance community. The artistic director Ben Levy, a 29 year old UC Berkeley grad, was named one of the "Top 25 to watch" by Dance Magazine. Levy is choreographing a new work tentatively called "Patterns of Flight", based on the veiled past of his Iranian-Jewish parents. He's collaborating with composer Keeril Makan, couture designer Colleen Quen, and industrial furniture designer Rick Lee.
* Laurie Antonioli is a singer and lyricist, and also a teacher. Last year she returned from a 4 year teaching stint near Vienna. Now heading the vocal department at Berkeley's Jazz School, Laurie is working with a new quartet to rehearse and record her collection of "new standards."
* Artist and Curator Julio Morales explores the confluence of Mexican and US culture in his latest work at Galleria de la Raza.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Shailja Patel, and Ronn Guidi (#501H) Duration: 28:15 STEREO TVG
* Meet the Lawrence Ferlinghetti you didn't know - you might already know him as a poet, but did you also know that he's a painter, too?
* Then visit Kenyan-born Indian American Shailja Patel as she performs her spoken word piece about migration and personal history.
* See how Oakland Ballet artistic director Ronn Guidi comes out of retirement to save the dance company he loves.
* And finally see how Rene Garcia Jr.'s glitter portraits shine.