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16
Jul

Art in Action Advocate Spotlight: Karen Canty

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Karen Canty has been a long-term advocate for Art in Action over decades. Besides her work on the Board of Directors, Canty has helped as both a donor and volunteer, even helping organize OBJECT: ART, our annual fundraising gala. We are thankful for her ongoing commitment to our mission and unwavering support of all that […]

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14
Jul

AiA Lesson Highlight – 5-12 Frankenthaler, Blue Atmosphere

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Helen Frankenthaler was born in New York City in 1928. She developed Color Field painting in the 1960s and 1970s, which involves staining canvases by pouring paint on them and then tipping them to move the paint around. These paintings appear calm since the “soak, stain” method is slower than the style of action painters […]

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10
Jul

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Garrison

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1) How did you first get involved with AiA, and how have you remained involved over the years? I first got involved when I was an art teacher at Crystal Springs Uplands School. I became friends with one of my students, who later came back after he graduated and helped me in my classes. His […]

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08
Jul

AiA Lesson Highlight – 1-9 Bearden, She-Ba

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Romare Bearden was born in 1912 and grew up in Harlem, NY where African-American literature, art, music, and dance flourished. This African-American cultural movement became known as the Harlem Renaissance. Bearden painted in the social realist style which combines themes from African-American history and life in New York. He thought of art as an universal […]

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01
Jul

AiA Lesson Highlight – 4-10 O’Keeffe, Flowers and Shells

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Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Wisconsin in 1887 and was deeply inspired by nature. Many of her paintings were centered around flowers, shells, and cow skulls. These objects were usually small objects enlarged to huge proportions. Though her flower paintings were more realistic, O’Keeffe also did amazing abstraction pieces, shown through her designs of oversimplifying […]

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26
Jun

Welcome 2020 Summer Interns!

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We are thrilled to welcome new interns to our team this summer! We can’t wait to see the amazing things they will accomplish. Get to know our 2020 summer interns:   Annabelle Wang My name is Annabelle Wang, and I’m currently a rising sophomore at Stanford University from Houston, TX! I’m thinking about majoring in […]

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25
Jun

End of Year Art Show!

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End of the school year student art exhibition al fresco! Thank you, Heather School in San Carlos, California, for sharing your students’ artwork with the local community. A passerby on her daily walk sent this picture to us. The children’s bright and colorful artwork has brought happiness and smiles to the neighborhood! So many of […]

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25
Jun

Announcement: Art in Action receives $85k grant from The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, Inc!

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Art in Action is thrilled to announce that we have been chosen as a recipient of an $85K grant from The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, Inc! The grant deepens the current partnership between AiA and the Junior League and will be renewed for three years. Through a smaller JLPA•MP grant last year that was […]

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24
Jun

AiA Lesson Highlight – K-9 Toyohiro, Seasonal Tree Screens

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Utagawa Toyohiro was a member of the Edo School of Japan who worked 200 years ago when many wealthy people bought art. He mainly painted portraits of young women engaged in social activities since women were expected to play musical instruments and indoor games at the time. This Art in Action lesson is based on […]

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21
May

Holy Family School: Thank you to essential workers!

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Holy Family School Redwood City 6th graders make thank you signs for Stanford Hospital workers – inspired by Picasso’s Bouquet de Fleurs and Art in Action’s Van Gogh Sunflowers lesson. Thank you to all essential workers!

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