Produced by KQED, this series is about Bay Area artists and arts organizations. It is a weekly television show, an educational outreach program and a website. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, SPARK* takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art.
Spark! Previous Broadcasts
Kitka, May, Arts and the Economy (Episode #707H)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 26, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
* For 30 years, the all-female vocal group Kitka has performed music rooted in Eastern European musical traditions. In a recent trip to rural Ukraine, they studied Slavic folk songs that previously only existed in the memories of the old women who live there. Spark joins Kitka as they rehearse and perform a new performance based on the songs and stories that were passed down to them.
* Next, the mixed-media work of Santa Cruz artist Victoria May is inspired by the intricate process of custom dress-making. A former seamstress by trade, May now makes sculptural textile pieces that blend traditional hand sewing techniques with evocative and unexpected materials.
* Then, in a special collaboration with PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, we investigate how the current economy is affecting artists in the Bay Area. How are they coping with the economic downturn? Some scholars and activists think hope lies in government support. What can we learn from the historic WPA programs that provided employment for 8.5 Million Americans during the 1930's?
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 27, 2016 -- 1:30 AM
FYCO, McCormick, and Guerrero (Episode #706H)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 19, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
* San Jose's Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra offers Chinese-American kids a chance to learn to play the traditional instruments from their ancestral homeland. This spring, the100 member orchestra will accompany the famed Shaolin Monks with a new composition.
* Next, follow environmental artist Daniel McCormick as he creates and installs a new site-specific, temporary sculpture in the wilds of West Marin. McCormick's biodegradable woven forms are helping to rehabilitate threatened watersheds and prevent creek bed erosion.
* Then, artist Jaime Guerrero translates imagery from his Mexican heritage into blown glass.
- KQED Life: Sat, Apr 23, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 20, 2016 -- 1:30 AM
Ann Hamilton, Scott Kildall and Enrique Chagoya (Episode #517H)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 12, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
* Installation Artist Ann Hamilton started off on an Odyssey when Art Collector/Philanthropic Steve Oliver invited her to create a work for his Sonoma Ranch. 5 years and tons of concrete later Ann's creation, a garret-like tower designed to be a performance space is inaugurated by New York performance artist Meredith Monk and her ensemble.
* Scott Kildall thinks of his work as Artist as gatherer. He thinks it's harder and harder to create original media objects so he get materials from the general public and repurposes that material. Spark watches him create Video Portraits, where he takes video with a digital camera while people think they are being asked to pose for a snapshot.
* Visit the studio of satirist and master printmaker Enrique Chagoya.
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 13, 2016 -- 1:30 AM
Ballet Afsaneh (Episode #515H)
KQED 9: Tue, Apr 5, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
Take a journey with Ballet Afsaneh as they perform the dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road regions of Central Asia.
- KQED 9: Wed, Apr 6, 2016 -- 1:30 AM
Running Crew (Episode #514H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 2, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Follow teens in the Running Crew, Brava's 3-month intensive job training program in theatrical technical skills.
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 3, 2016 -- 6:30 PM