With an eye on global influence, Spark meets artists who take creative cues from tradition, history and cultural intersections.
Follow two groups as they compete for a chance to perform in this year's Ethnic Dance Festival.
Wanderlust photographer Lisa Kristine focuses on the world's myriad indigenous populations.
Filipino American artist Michael Arcega uses history (and Manila paper) as source material to critique and comment.
San Francisco's newest art and cultural institution, the Museum of the African Diaspora, enlightens viewers with exhibitions centered on the African American experience.
Travel with Lisa Kristine who photographs people around the world.
Exchange puns with Filipino American artist Michael Arcega as he comments wryly on history.
Witness the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as groups compete to perform in the 2006 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.
Visit Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco's Yerba Buena arts district.
Spark Video Player
Please note that not all of the Spark video segments are included on this playlist. We are adding more weekly, but many more are available individually on corresponding artist profile pages. To find more videos, search the Artist Profiles directory.
Major funding for Spark is provided by by Diane B. Wilsey. Additional funding is provided by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Helen Sarah Steyer, and Gretchen Kimball.
Spark is a production of KQED.
Spark airs on KQED 9 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Repeat broadcasts can be seen throughout the week on KQED.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.