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Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter

Our Summer Arts Festival
is Tomorrow!

We the People
Art Works in We the People

Join us tomorrow (Friday, July 20 from 6:30-10pm) for a truly memorable evening of poetry, performance, soundworks, and installation art at We the People -- the opening festival for our summer Art on the Grounds exhibition.

Featuring live music, interactive art, and plenty of surprises, We the People is an invitation to join the community and artists from across the globe to collectively expand our understanding of “we” and imagine new, more inclusive ways of being together.

• LISTEN to poetry, music, and live performances by award-winning artists Willie Perdomo, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Neil Leonard, Ramón “Sandy” Garcia Pérez, Cintia Santana, Cathy Linh Che, Jennifer Johns, and Hans Tammen.

• EXPLORE three newly-commissioned works for Montalvo’s grounds by Lucas Artists Fellows María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Marilá Dardot, and Howard Hersh; all of which prompt timely conversations around the politics of belonging and home.

• EXPERIENCE an interactive ritual in which Jennifer Johns seeks to clear away our all-consuming fear by allowing us to look plainly at the violence African Americans experience. With love, song, and movement, she will replace that fear with collective agency and joy.

• JOIN Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis as they share their work on Activist Songbook, a collection culled from conversations with activists, agitators, and other leaders, and invite you the join them in a communal performance.

• CREATE flags to represent “we” and crowd-source a new global constitution for a shared humanity that will be performed at the end of the evening.

• PRINT your own poster at a drop in workshop with artists Chris Treggiari and Sergio de la Torre at their Sanctuary Print Shop, disseminating information on recently enacted immigration policies and how they impact communities.

Before the event, we are also asking everyone to consider: What does the concept of “We” mean to you? Many of our Artist Fellows have been creating and sharing videos of their responses, and you can join the conversation! Post a video, image, or comment on social media using #WhoIsWe and #WeThePeople.

The festival is FREE, with free shuttle service from West Valley College throughout the night. We'll have food trucks, beer and wine booths, and plenty to see and do. Use the button below to tell us you're coming via Facebook, then invite your friends to come along!


Fri, July 20, 6:30pm: 
We the People

Fri, August 10, 6:30pm:
Starry, Starry Night

Tue, August 21, 6pm &
Wed, August 22, 6pm:

Wed, August 22, 6pm:
Block Printing

Mon, August 27, 7pm:
Tobias Wolff

Wed, August 29, 6pm:
Monotype with Stencils

Wed, September 5, 6pm:
Mixed Mediums: Watercolor & Oil Pastel

Sun, September 9, 4pm:
Food & Wine Classic

Wed, September 19, 6pm:
A World of Cabernet

Wednesdays thru Aug 27
12pm, 12:30pm, & 1pm: 
Summer Luncheons

By Appointment:
Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Through August 3:
Summer Camps

For questions or to order tickets over the phone, call the Box Office: 

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

New Concerts Now On Sale

Henry Kapono

Last week, we added three new shows to our upcoming 2018-2019 Carriage House Concert Series schedule, and tickets are now on sale to the general public! All of these shows are likely to sell out, so don't wait—reserve your seats today. 

On Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 7pm, Henry Kapono and the Dukes on Sunday Band take the stage. Kapono is a gifted vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and composer with a multitude of accolades to his name, include 14 Na Hoku Awards and a Grammy nomination.

On Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8pm, don't miss An Evening with Paula Cole. This Grammy-winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter has released seven solo albums during her twenty-plus year career and captured the hearts of fans and fellow artists alike. 

George Winston, one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world, returns to Montalvo on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 8pm. Inspired by the seasons and topographies, Winston's concerts feature a variety of styles including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano

Flags Raised, Garden Planted

Making Together

This past Sunday, two of our Lucas Artists Fellows hosted an event called Making Together, which invited guests to participate in the creation of powerful new works of art on our grounds.

Marilá Dardot’s Saudade (Our Flags) invited members of immigrant and refugee communities to create flags celebrating their heritage and experiences. Nearly 50 of these flags were raised on the Great Lawn. Meanwhile, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons created a garden titled Imole Blue II: Field of Memories, with participation from visitors in attendance. The planting is conceived as an exploration of the meaning of peace. 

Read more about the event in this article from the San Francisco Chronicle. Then, click the button below to view a photo album documenting the day. Both the garden and the flags will be on view through Friday's free We the People festival, from 6:30-10pm. Join us to celebrate these works and our diverse community!

Photo Credits: Ron Leckie / Chris Sicat / Jennifer Johns / David Gonzalez