Weekender: Ballet Folklorico, Arts Talks and Exhibitions, Funding Updates

Ballet Folklorico
Mondavi Homestage will present a Ballet Folklorico event this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Mondavi presents ‘Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández’ Friday

Friday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Free to $15. Get tickets here.

Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era.  

Mondavi’s HomeStage performance will include never-released footage from a  September 2017  performance at Palacio des Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, in Mexico City on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of Hernandez’s birth.  The performance features Mexican ballet dancer Elisa Carrillo and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. The company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad. 

UC Davis students get free access to this show, and the regular ticket price is $15.

More information about the event on Mondavi’s website.

Sarah Cargill performs ‘Lucid Dreams of the Apocalypse’at SFMOMA

Friday, March 19, 6 p.m., free, via Youtube

Don’t miss the culminating performance of Sarah Cargill’s meditative and otherworldly new series Lucid Dreams of the Apocalypse, followed by a live Q&A with the artist. This special broadcast, a collaboration with SFMOMA’s Open Space, will stream on SFMOMA’s YouTube channel.

Centering improvisatory experimentation, creative intimacy, process, memory and Black temporalities, the series features three Bay Area sound artists investigating sonic interaction as an embodied liberation practice for co-creating new realities. Performing artist and cultural worker Sarah Cargill is joined throughout the series by composer and scholar Amadeus Julian Regucera , and installation artist and sound engineer Leviathe (Lien Do). Together they become a deconstructed ensemble, reimagining the possibilities of ensemble-based instrumental performance. In the final performance, filmed in SFMOMA’s White Box, Cargill will use acoustic and electric instruments and other sonorous found objects to activate Leviathe’s sympathetic resonance installation, SOPHIE SRII, building a sonic dreamscape where thematic elements from the series converge.

Learn more about this event and the artists here.

Catch up on de Young’s ‘Virtual Wednesdays’ anytime

Virtual Wednesdays is a weekly YouTube broadcast that brings unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as the de Young Museum aims to reframe its exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs and make sure to check out past ‘Virtual Wednesday’ programs on the Youtube channel of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

This week, join Professor Mendelson, contributing author of the exhibition catalog Calder-Picasso, for a special lecture that describes not only the historic and artistic conditions that lead up to Pablo Picasso’s and Alexander Calder’s participation in the Spanish Republic's Pavilion but also looks back and forward from the Pavilion to share the ways that these artists were key to the introduction of modern art in Spain. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. 

In 1937, the artists Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Alexander Calder were among the tens of artists included in the Spanish Republic's Pavilion for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris. Without a doubt, their work attracted the most attention at the time and has been the focus of numerous studies by historians in the years since. In particular, the mural by Picasso (Guernica) and the sculpture by Calder (Mercury Fountain), which were installed near each other on the Pavilion's bottom floor, represented two different but equally powerful interventions by these artists. Their work was instrumental in calling international visitors' attention to the plight of the Republic, which was under assault by the military coup initiated by General Francisco Franco and his followers in July 1936.

Read more about the event here

Watch the event here.

Lecture: Weaving, Tradition, Art and Community

Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., $5 -$10, via Eventbrite. Register

In her presentation, hosted by the de Young Museum, Carol Cassidy will reflect on the past five decades of her work with weaving communities, exploring traditional techniques and moving beyond tradition.

In 1990, Cassidy  co-founded Lao Textiles, a weaving studio in Vientiane, Laos. She spent the early years of the business collecting, analyzing and replicating traditional Lao textiles, allowing her weavers to hone their technical skills and develop a deep appreciation of their traditional designs and weaving techniques. The artisans and the extended Lao Textiles community are included in each aspect of the business.

More than 31 years on, Lao Textiles has employed more than 50 artisans, empowering two generations of Lao women through weaving. As Lao weaving and textiles became celebrated further afield, the cultural significance and respect for Laos weaving within Laos has grown, creating a regeneration of tradition, empowering communities across the country. Cassidy has taken her personal model of weaving success beyond Laos to northern Cambodia, Rakhine state in Myanmar and Northeast India.

This event is $5 for FAMSF members and students and $10 for the general public.

Read more about the event and register here.

Online exhibitions available through Pence Gallery

Check out the current exhibitions at the Pence gallery. They include Rebecca Ripon’s Good Omens, Susan Tonkin Riegel’s Marking Time, Judith Foosaner’s Decameron, and Sandy Fong Whetstone’s ceramics, Beyond Pets. Read more about and view the exhibitions here.

Important arts funding updates

Arts and Cultural Program grants

The following opportunities were passed on to us from the Davis Arts Alliance. The Arts and Cultural Program will support California eligible nonprofit cultural institutions, defined as registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities that satisfy the criteria for a qualified small business, but with no limitation on annual gross revenue. Grants up to $25,000. For program guidelines and eligibility information, go here. Free webinars and grant assistance available here.

Shuttered Venue Grant

This grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Sign up for email alerts about this program.

To apply, Small Business Administration is building the grant program and expects to open applications in early April. Those who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed under the schedule that can be found here. For eligibility and grant amounts, check out the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website.

See more about next week's events on the Spring Break post on the Arts Blog.

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