This series includes a TV show, segments for "This Week in Northern California", an educational outreach program and a website featuring Bay Area artists and arts organizations. 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. Produced by KQED TV.
Spark! Previous Broadcasts
Yoshi's, Hijos del Sol, Diamano Coura (Episode #605H)
KQED 9: Tue, Jun 26, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Spark visits Yoshi's new venue in San Francisco's historic Fillmore district, and explores efforts to reinvigorate the jazz scene with shows dubbed "Local Legends," featuring artists like Sugar Pie de Santo. Next, meet painter Jose Ortiz whose Salinas after-school program, Hijos del Sol, is turning young kids from tough neighborhoods onto art. Then join Dr. Zak Diouf and Naomi Washington Diouf and their Diamano Coura West African Dance Company in the weeks leading up to their annual repertoire concert.
- KQED 9: Sat, Jun 30, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Jun 29, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jun 27, 2012 -- 2:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jun 27, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
Benton, Ramos, and Riley (Episode #602H)
KQED 9: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
In the spring of 2008, the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara exhibited a major collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the 1960's. The vibrant and often confrontational work from this period has made a lasting mark on the California art scene. Spark takes a look at the artistic legacy of this celebrated decade, and catches up with local luminaries Wayne Thiebaud and Mel Ramos, whose friendship goes back more than 50 years.
Also featured is avant-garde pioneer Terry Riley, one of the best-known composers to emerge in the 20th century. Riley is often credited with the introduction of electronic instrumentation and tape looping in American experimental music. Spark visits with Riley and Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington as they prepare "Cusp of Magic," a piece written for Kronos to be performed in celebration of Riley's 70th birthday.