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.
Think Globally (#404) Duration: 28:02 STEREO TVG
With an eye on global influence, Spark meets artists who take creative cues from tradition, history and cultural intersections.
* Follow two groups as they compete for a chance to perform in this year's Ethnic Dance Festival.
* Wanderlust photographer Lisa Kristine focuses on the world's myriad indigenous populations.
*Filipino artist Michael Arcega uses history (and Manila paper) as source material to critique and comment.
* San Francisco's newest art and cultural institution, the Museum of the African Diaspora, enlightens viewers with exhibitions centered on the African American experience.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 4:30am
Roots (#108) Duration: 25:53 STEREO TVG
In this episode, we meet performers who are preserving traditional art forms, handing them down from one generation to the next. For them, art is a way to understand and explore their ancestral roots, and maintain their unique cultural identity. Included are: five generations of Irish dancers with the Healy family; Hula Halau Aloha Pumehana 'o Polynesia; and San Jose's Mariachi Youth Program.
Bonesetter's Daughter, Lin, and Los Cazadores (#609H) Duration: 28:09 STEREO TVG
Spark goes behind the scenes to explore the making of the San Francisco Opera's "The Bonesetter's Daughter," Amy Tan's libretto based on her best-selling and most personal novel. We follow Tan as she travels to China, searching for her own family history, one that resonates in the book and the opera.
Then watch renowned sculptor Maya Lin install her latest work at the new California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, a topographical depiction of the San Francisco Bay. Lin was catapulted into the public eye with her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., but this is her first work in San Francisco.
Finally, we trail street musicians Jacobo Palacios and Rafael Potillo, who go by the name of Los Cazadores del Sur, or "the hunters from the south." The two troubadours strum their guitars and serenade Mission District patrons with popular tunes from all over Latin America.