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CSU Summer Arts Press Release
  February 22, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,


For the eighth consecutive summer, the California State University Summer Arts Program will be hosted by the College of Arts and Humanities on the Fresno State campus.  Seventeen intensive two-week, three-unit courses will be offered in July 2006 at Fresno State.  A catalog describing each course is available by calling 241-6090.  The catalog is also available on line at  

Students, practicing teachers, arts professionals and serious amateurs in various arts areas are urged to apply.  Scholarships are available to those who qualify.  The program expects 500 students this summer.  

All courses are coordinated by members of the CSU faculty and are taught by guest artists at the top of their fields.  For example, the principal guest artist for The Complete Jazz Musician workshop is Terence Blanchard, a 2005 Grammy Award winner. Other music workshops include:  Percussion in World Music; The Well-Rounded Bassist; and Crossing Genres:  The Flamenco Classical Guitar Tradition, which will feature two world-renowned guitar artists, Eliot Fisk and Juan Serrano.  

Workshops in theatre include California's Canadian Voice Intensive – an invigorating voice, body, image investigation of Shakespearean text;  The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique; and Dell-Arte International, a physical theatre intensive.  The course in media is From the Streets to the Screen:  Puppets, Cameras, and Controlled Chaos guided by some of the world's best artists in puppetry and satirical/political performance.  

There will be two dance courses:  HT Chen: Spirit of Yesterday and Power of Tomorrow which combines the strength of western modern dance aligned with the beauty of Asian aesthetics.   Troika Ranch Digital Dance Company's workshop combines contemporary dance technique and cutting-edge, interactive video software.  In the visual arts there will be workshops focusing on environmental art through sculpture and other media; typography techniques for successful management of type and image content; and a class on intermediate and advanced photography transition to the digital age.  

For writers, offerings include a script writing class taught in part by DreamWorks consultant Jude Schneider and a memoir writing class with guest authors Rebecca Brown, Leslie Heywood, and Michael Steinberg.  In arts education, the workshop Artist Residencies in California Schools will prepare artists in all art disciplines to understand the requirements of being a resident/visiting artist in California schools.  

In addition to the courses, the Summer Arts program includes a Festival of Arts in which guest artists will perform for the community in 41 public events.