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Some think of home as a place thousands of miles away -- even those of us who were born in the Bay Area. Spark highlights artists who are preserving traditional art forms and handing them down from one generation to the next.

Meet five generations of the Healy family, who have shared Irish culture with thousands of students through the Healy Irish Dance Studio.

Then catch the aloha spirit as it spreads across the mainland through the work of groups like Halau 'o Keikiali'i.

And hear the Mexican Heritage Plaza's Mariachi Youth Program passing along mariachi music and rich history to South Bay students.

[Original air date: Wed, May 14, 2003]

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Featured Profiles:

Healy Irish Dance Studio

Learn how five generations of the Healy family have taught thousands of people at the Healy Irish Dance Studio.

Halau 'o Keikiali'i

Catch the aloha spirit as it spreads across the mainland through the work of groups like Halau 'o Keikiali'i.

Mariachi Youth Program

Listen in on the Mexican Heritage Plaza's Mariachi Youth Program.

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.

Acknowledgments

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.

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