Center for Creativity and the Arts presents its lineup for fall 2017

Woman weaving a rebozo

The Center for Creativity and the Arts 2017-18 theme is “Voice and Silence: Expressions of the Human Spirit and Community.”

“’Voice and Silence’ will look at the various ways in which we communicate our ideas, points of views and concerns regarding current events,” said Cindy Urrutia, director of the center.

Housed in the College of Arts and Humanities, the center is dedicated to engaging diverse communities in artistic and intellectual discovery to understand, transform and inspire the Central Valley.

Events in this year’s CCA theme include:

  • Global Music Lecture Series — 4-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, and 2-3:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Two lectures by Dr. Tammy Kernodle, musicologist and specialist on women in jazz. Read more here.
  • “Paper Lanterns” film and discussion5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, Peters Auditorium, Student Rec Center. A film, by Barry Frechette, about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The aftermath is recounted by witnesses and survivors. This screening and discussion are offered in honor of World Peace Day, in conjunction with CineCulture.
  • Rebozo Revival Festival — The rebozo festival is returning to Fresno in September as the Rebozo Revival Festival. A rebozo is a long woven cloth garment from Mexico and Central America traditionally worn as a shawl, head covering, belt, baby sling or backpack. Rebozos are worn today for fashion and function throughout the Americas. The Rebozo Revival is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the College of Social Sciences, the Department of Anthropology and Chicano and Latin American Studies, and the Cross Cultural and Gender Center.  Community partners are: Fres.coDulce Upfront, Holistic Cultural and Wellness Education Center and the Mexican Consulate-Fresno. Here is the lineup for this week-long series of events:
    • Art Exhibition — 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, Fres.Co, 1918 Fresno St.
    • Film screening: Rebozo making process — 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, Holistic Cultural and Wellness Education Center. 4876 E. Kings Canyon Rd.
    • Rebozo Fashion Show — 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, Fresno State, North Gym 118.
    • Workshops demonstrating how rebozos are made, featuring weavers from Mexico — 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. (two workshops), Henry Madden Library, Rm. 3212.
    • Event at the Mexican-Consulate of Fresno — 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.  Details to come.
  • Maya Christina Gonzalez Workshop — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29, Kremen Education Building, Room 140. Cosponsored with the Arnie Nixon Center, and the Cross Cultural and Gender Center. Participants are asked to bring a photo of themselves. Using exercises from her Claiming Face curriculum, Maya leads people through beautiful portraits to personal stories and finally toward larger healing narratives as the day’s workshop progresses. No creative experience or proclivity necessary, only the call to attend and claim your voice.
  • “The Other Eye on Afghanistan: Photographs by Farzana Wahidy” — Oct. 9-26 in the Phebe Conley Art Gallery. This exhibition will consist of the voices of the often-silent women of Afghanistan who risk their lives pursuing photography and film as an art form. Cosponsored with the Department of Art and Design.
    • Artist presentation: 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, Alice Peters Auditorium, PB 191. Reception to follow in the Phebe Conley Gallery.
    • CineCulture: “Frame by Frame,” Wahidy will be the discussant for the film screening, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, Peters Education Center Auditorium in the Student Recreation Center. Cosponsored with Cineculture, Asian Pacific Islander Programs and Services at Fresno States Cross Cultural and Gender Center, and the Department of Communication.
  • “Magnifying the People’s Voice: A Poet Laureate’s Journey Across America,” an exhibition by Juan Felipe Herrera — Oct. 5-28, M Street Graduate Studios. This exhibition will highlight and honor Juan Felipe Herrera’s tenure as the U.S. Poet Laureate. Opening Oct. 5 as part of ArtHop, from 5-8 p.m. at M Street Graduate Galleries, Downtown Fresno. Reception from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at M Street Graduate Galleries. Gallery hours are from noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  • “Voice and Silence: Women in Opera and Philosophy” — 7:30 p.m. Oct 13, Fresno State Concert Hall. Lecture recital featuring Dr. Tina Botts (Philosophy), soprano Dr. Maria Briggs and Drew Quiring on piano. With special guest artists Dr. Limor Toren-Immerman on violin, baritone Limuel Forgey and Keegan Bamford on cello. This event is a collaboration with the Departments of Music, Philosophy and Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.
  • “Nowhere to Hide” — 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27, Peters Education Center Auditorium (5010 N. Woodrow Ave. in Student Recreation Center). “Nowhere to Hide” is an immersive and uncompromising first-hand reflection of the resilience and fortitude of a male nurse working and raising his children in Jalawla, Iraq, an increasingly dangerous and inaccessible part of the world. In conjunction with CineCulture.
  • “Unsung Heroes” exhibition — Nov. 2-30, M Street Studios. This exhibition will spotlight African American Veterans whose voices and contribution to military service is often silent. Reception Nov. 2 at M Street Studios. Cosponsored with the Department of Art and Design.
  • “Menashe” (2017) — 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, Peters Education Center Auditorium (5010 N. Woodrow Ave. in Student Recreation Center. Deep in the heart of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, “Menashe,” a kind, hapless grocery store clerk, struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah’s death. In conjunction with CineCulture.

For additional information, contact Urrutia at or 559.278.8341.

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