Community Institutions for the Arts
Spark visits with arts organizations that have been supporting the Bay Area art community for decades and the people that keep them alive.
Founded in 1973, Ashkenaz is an East Bay music and culture venue that specializes in live roots music and international folk dancing every night of the week.
Every summer since 1967, Harriet and Jim Schlader have produced and directed classic American musical theater for the Woodminster Summer Musicals in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park.
Then head south to Santa Cruz's Kuumbwa Jazz Center, celebrating its 28th year as the West Coast's oldest year-round jazz performance venue and education center.
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Head down to Berkeley, where Ashkenaz has become a hub of the folk music and dance community.
Meet Jim and Harriet Schlader, who've been filling the Oakland hills with the sound of the Woodminster Summer Musicals.
Catch John Scofield in performance at Santa Cruz's Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
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.