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2022 Student Art Showcase
Art is Power Student Art Showcase
2021 Speaker Series
2021 Speaker Series

Art is Power: Speaker Series

IGNITE

Art is Power a Speaker Series for youth, is hosted by the Solano County Office of Education Youth Development Services in partnership with Nature of Sound. The Speaker Series is a collection of workshops hosted by various local, state and national artists, each workshop will focus on a different forms of art. This year's theme is IGNITE, after each workshop a social media will be available for student participants to ignite their passion for art. Art forms include painting, hip hop and songwriting, photography, graphic design, and much more.

Workshops are designed for middle and high school students of all artistic levels. Artists will talk about technique, process and about using art to further one's cause. Art can be a powerful tool and helps build resiliency, and resilient youth are less likely to partake in risky behaviors (such as using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs). The series is funded through the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Grant.

The first 20 students who register will be mailed a free gift to help support their artistic goals and passions.

Workshop information

ignite gaming with max lion

FINAL Session! Max Lion aka LionUnchained is a Solano County native, gaming content creator, and eSports live events curator. Join us as he shares his story and knowledge on building a successful Twitch stream from scratch!

Max Lion

IGNITE Gaming
Max Lion

Thursday, June 30, 2022
4:00-5:00PM

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ignite hip hop with godfrey ramos

Godfrey Ramos is the Coordinator Specialist for the LOOP project at the University of California San Francisco. He received his Master's degree in Sociology from San Jose State University, with an emphasis on social theory and quantitative research methods. His research project entitled, "Beats, Rhymes, and Life: A Look at Hip-Hop/Rap Music and Behavior" examines how rap music promotes resistance, communication, and social change among people, even though many argue that rap music is actually negative and damaging to its listeners. His other research interest include: race, class, gender, social inequality, subcultures, deviance, and social justice. He is also an adjunct Sociology Professor at Diablo Valley College, San Jose State University, and Chabot College. IN his spare time, he enjoys collecting sneakers.

Godfrey Ramos

IGNITE HIP-HOP
Godfrey Ramos

Thursday, June 23, 2022
4:00-5:00PM

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IGNITE Dance with Sara Templeton

Sara Templeton is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer based in San Francisco. She started her professional hip-hop career at sixteen, dancing with Culture Shock S.F. and L.A. and guest performing with independent artist throughout the Bay Area. While earning her dance degree at Loyola Marymount University, Sara expanded her artistry to include ballet and contemporary, and began a focused re-engagement with salsa, reggaeton, and other Latin dances connected to her Puerto Rican hertiage. It was during this time that Sara truly honed in on her passion for choreography and teaching, and then ways in which the intelligence of different dance techniques could cross pollinate for the benefit of the artist. When not working on choreographic projects, Sara teaches reggaeton, hip-hop, contemporary, and ballet at various studios around the Bay Area, and runs Object For Art, an online merchandise store designed to support dance artists and dance organizations recovering financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sara Templeton

Friday, June 17, 2022
12:00 - 1:00PM

Participants must register to receive Zoom link

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IGNITE Animation with Ryan McCulloch

Ryan McCulloch is the Chief Artist & Designer and Co-Head Writer of Mutasian Entertainment, a children's entertainment company. Since its conception, Ryan has designed the multitude of original characters and critters inhabiting the island of Mutasia. He has illustrated a number of books in Mutasia's award-winning children's book series, including: Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters, Figley's New Favorite Good, The Nib Book, and A Nib Christmas. In spring 2017, he co-authored and illustrated Mutasia's "#1 New Release) on Amazon, Figley's Search for the Perfect Pet, followed by the award winning titles: Figley's Little While Lie and Figley cs the Mookling Hat in 2018. Additional Ryan worked on the production of Mutasia's first animated special, The Mish Mash Bash, and Mutasia's music album Nature Calls: Songs from Mutasia.

Ryan is an award-winning clay-animator whose animations have screened at numerous film festivals, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., HBO, HBO Family, and more. He has produces an educational film for the Partnership of a Drug Free American and environmental commercials in Northern California. Ryan also served as Animation Producer for Terriary Productions, developing animated advertisements and the web series, Fox & Calf.

Since 2019, Ryan has taught hundreds of kids how to draw through his ongoing "Drawing Cartoon Characters" Zoom classes. In his spare time Ryan creates his own surreal art *usually featuring animals and food), many of which he sells as stickers in his online sticker shop.

Ryan graduated form the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a BFA in Traditional Illustration, and studied art history at Scuola Lorenzo De'Medici in Florence, Italy. He now lives in Northern California with his wife, kids and grumpy dog.

Ryan McCulloch

IGNITE Animation
Ryan McCulloch

Thursday, June 2, 2022
4:00 - 5:00PM

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ignite art with Hailey Campbell

Hailey is a self-taught, Solano raised visual artist. She specializes in portaiture and murals, and is inspired by the human soul and our connection to the planet. Flora and fauna are a common subject matter, in addition to traditional graphite and acrylic portraits. She is a mother to three beautiful girls and a Registrar for the Arena Galleries and Gardens. She looks forward to spreading joy through art.

Hailey Campbell

Monday, May 16, 2022
4:00 - 5:30PM

Participants must register to receive Zoom link

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ignite poetry with D. L. Lang

D.L. Lang is a contemporary Jewish American poet and spoken word artist. From 2017 - 2019 she served as Vallejo, California's Poet Laureate. She is internationally published, and her poetry has been transformed into songs, used as liturgy for prayer, and to advocate for peace, justice, and a better world.

To visit her online at www.dianalangpoetry.com.

DL Lang

Thursday, March 31, 2022
4:00 - 5:00PM

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Contact

Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager
(707) 646-7608
jnowak@solanocoe.net

Rebecca Floyd
Project Coordinator
(707) 646-7602
rfloyd@solanocoe.net

Partner Agency
Nature of Sound
Upcoming Speakers

IGNITE ART
Hailey Campbell

Monday, May 16, 2022
4:00 - 5:30PM

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IGNITE DANCE
Jared Hippler

Thursday, May 19, 2022
4:00 - 5:00PM

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IGNITE Animation
Ryan McCulloch

Thursday, June 2, 2022
4:00 - 5:00PM

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IGNITE Dance
Sara Templeton

Friday, June 17, 2022
4:00-5:00PM

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IGNITE HIP-HOP
Godfrey Ramos

Thursday, June 23, 2022
4:00-5:00PM

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IGNITE GAMING
Max Lion

Thursday, June 30, 2022
4:00-5:00PM

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