Arts in Motion Showcase

Arts in Motion Showcase | Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities #inspirationforlife | March 22-28, 2020
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The Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities Annual Arts in Motion Showcase is a weeklong series of 14 events celebrating Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities students, their passions and accomplishments.

All Week

Detroit '67 fist

Detroit ‘67

  • March 22, performance begins at 2 p.m., March 24-28, performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre 
  • BUY TICKETS – $17 general, $15 seniors, alumni, military, faculty, staff, and $10 for students.
  • In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious white woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots. 

Sunday, March 22

2019 Armenian Studies Banquet
2019 Armenian Studies Banquet

Armenian Studies Program 32nd Annual Banquet

  • 5 p.m., Sunday, March 22 at the Fort Washington Country Club
  • Tickets are $50 general, $25 for students and available by calling 559.278.2669.
  • The banquet will honor the Leon S. Peters Foundation and recognize Arnold and Dianne Gazarian on the 30th anniversary of the Haig and Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair in Armenian Studies. Graduating seniors minoring in Armenian Studies and the program’s scholarship recipients will also be recognized. 

Monday, March 23

The Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio presents: A Sudden Making / Reading

The Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio presents: A Sudden Making / Reading

  • 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 23 at Madden Library, Room 1110. 
  • Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio fellows will lead a free experimental workshop to generate and create sudden art and writing. The creative work that is generated will then be presented as a reading and performance by fellows and participants. 

Learn Portuguese through Brazilian Dance

  • 7 p.m., Monday, March 23 at PB 194
  • A night of Brazilian dance and language learning! Learn basic Portuguese introductions– useful phrases and dance-themed language–while you learn different Brazilian dance moves. This free event is fun for all ages.
Taking Sides: Student Debate

Taking Sides: Student Debate

  • 7 p.m., Monday, March 23, at Peters Business, Room 191.
  • Fresno State Communication students will take sides in a debate over federal investment in alternative energy sources. Following the debate, audience members are encouraged to participate through comments and questions.

Tuesday, March 24

Advertising and PR Day

  • 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 24 at Peters Business, Room 191.
  • Designed for professional development and student enrichment, the first session will focus on social media influencers and the power of personal branding online. The second session at 11 a.m. will look at the changes being made to the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism’s (MCJ) Public Relations curriculum. In the third session at 12:45 p.m., keynote speaker Dave Martin, CEO Nettra Media, will talk on “YouTube, Google Search and More: Elevating Your Brand’s Online Visibility and Influence.”

Wednesday, March 25

Author and U.S. Young People's Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye
Author and U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye

U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye at the Young Writers Conference

  • 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 25 at the Satellite Student Union.
  • Named U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2019, Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, she has spent 40 years traveling the world to lead writing workshops and inspire writers of all ages. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses writing to attest to our shared humanity.
Richard Giddens, Director of Jazz Studies for the Fresno State Department of Music
Richard Giddens, Director of Jazz Studies for the Fresno State Department of Music

Big Bands at Fresno State

  • 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at the Concert Hall. 
  • Tickets are $15 general, $10 seniors and employees, and $5 for students. 
  • A long-time veteran of the Los Angeles jazz scene, saxophonist Chuck Manning will join the Fresno State Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble for a swinging good time at the Fresno State Concert Hall.

Thursday, March 26

MCJ Student Film Screening

Student Film Screening

  • 5 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at Peters Business 191.
  • A free curated showcase of Media, Communications and Journalism student-made films.
World Cultures Showcase

World Cultures Celebration

  • 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at Music 127 (next to the Concert Hall)
  • Nine student clubs in the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (MCLL) department will gather for a free evening of language, music, dance and a celebration of cultures. 
Voicing Ideas

Voicing Ideas

  • 2 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at Peters Business 194
  • In this free competitive, faculty-reviewed event, philosophy student papers of scholarly distinction are presented in a friendly, engaging forum that promotes dialogue and critical reflection on topics in philosophy and religious studies.

Friday, March 27

Interior Design student

Interior Design Student Show

  • 5 p.m., Friday, March 27 at Phebe Conley Gallery
  • An opening reception to a week-long exhibition, the students of the Interior Design program present their concepts of space and imagine how people interact with them.

CineCulture – Anbessa

  • 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 27 at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (in the Student Recreation Center).
  • Anbessa director Mo Scarpelli of Italy will participate in a discussion with the audience following the screening. 
  • Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced from their farmland on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the construction of a condominium. As they watch the buildings take shape, they are reminded that their country’s dream of progress is not for them. Caught between the ancient and the new, Asalif navigates modernization on his own terms. By becoming a lion (anbessa) he can fight back against the forces outside of his control.

Saturday, March 28

Arts in Motion - Celebrating Student Excellence

Arts in Motion

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at the Concert Hall
  • An award show which recognizes and celebrates scholarship recipients, donors, students of distinction and Dean’s Medalists for the College of Arts and Humanities. The ceremony is followed by a reception at the Conley Art Gallery courtyard.