Sac State Helps Connect Youth to Local Arts
Easy access to higher education is a work of art at Sac State.
countless programs that both educate and entertain, Sac State connects
with the next generation of students and the community. The programs,
held on campus and in the community, introduce youngsters to the creative
process of art and provide them with a comfortable introduction to college.
In the process, the University helps lay the artistic foundation for the
Each year, more than 15,000 elementary, middle and
high school students take part in art projects, have their work exhibited
in the Universitys galleries, are featured in the theaters
spotlight and are introduced to the symphony.
Among the projects is the barrio art programan artistic mix of young
schoolchildren, senior citizens and future educators.
For 31 years, barrio art has been taking art education downtown to the
Washington Neighborhood Center. Sac State students coordinate art workshops
for schoolchildren as well senior citizens at the center.
art professor Jose Montoya created the barrio art in the 1970s to get
the University involved in the community. He also wanted to introduce
college students to people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
ongoing program is the annual Student Art Exhibit. Each year, an exhibition
of paintings, sculptures, collages and multi-media pieces by area high
school students is featured in one of the Universitys galleries.
The exhibit is significant because it offers high
school students a chance to present pieces at a professional gallery.
And every spring for last 44 years, thousands of teenagers have flocked
to campus to attend the Lenaea Festivalthe oldest high school drama
event of its kind in the country to feature duets, monologues and one-act
plays written and directed by West Coast high school students.
States fledgling Meet the Music series has already introduced thousands
of school children to the theatrical delights of symphonies, melodies
and puppetry. Music professor Pete Nowlen created the popular concert
series in 1998 as a fun, educational event for families and a must-see
destination for elementary school field trips.
The concerts feature the Richard Bay Puppets as
well as Sac States orchestras and symphonies. Youngsters are encouraged
to participate, to learn the art of puppetry and to identify instruments
and musical composition.
Details: (916) 278-2787.