PHOTO: Latin jazz saxophonist David Sanchez will perform at at Fresno State at 7 p.m. July 5.

Program brings world-renowned artists like Grammy-Award winner David Sanchez and Urban Bush Women

~ By Tanya Osegueda, Community Relations Specialist for CSU Summer Arts

The cinematographer who blew the Death Star in the original “Star Wars” will spend his summer in Fresno. So will a Grammy-winning Latin jazz saxophonist. And a Brooklyn-based dance troupe famous for addressing social and political issues.

The people of Fresno will be able to see their talents on full display.

What brings them to town? The return of CSU Summer Arts, which showcases a month’s worth of world-class performances and lectures to the central San Joaquin Valley. With so many performances there is sure to be something for everyone.

Tickets for the 2017 CSU Summer Arts Festival season are now on sale online Tickets can be purchased at the Fresno State box office starting Monday, June 12.

Performances include:

The festival, hosted by Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities from June 25 to July 22 offers more than 25 public events for the general public to enjoy.

Additional performances include an animation lecture from the creative minds of Nimble Collective, readings from Eileen Myles, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Li-Young Lee, author of Behind My Eyes and the always free and inspiring student showcases.

Returning to Fresno State after a five-year hiatus at Cal State Monterey Bay, Summer Arts is a unique arts summer school and festival of the California State University. Master classes in the visual, performing, literary and media arts are taught by world-class artists who also hold performances for the general public. The Summer Arts public performances give our audiences the opportunity to enjoy the best of today’s artistic talent.

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President Joseph I Castro, Armen Bacon and Dean Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval

Photo above: From left, President Joseph I. Castro, author and Summer Arts alum Armen Bacon and Dean Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval at a party last week at Bacon’s home. Relaunching the Summer Arts program’s return to Fresno State, an art auction at the party raised more than $25,000 in scholarships.