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 Free Family Arts and Literacy Series Continues with American Jazz, Basquiat, and Calder

The Family Arts and Literacy Connection series continues with an evening of American music and art-making this Thursday, Nov. 16 at The Salvation Army Kroc Center (6605 University Ave., 92115). The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. in the center’s Rolando Room with a performance by The Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet. Free, family-friendly, and open to jazz lovers of all ages, this event celebrates the finest in jazz talent along with the music of the legends that make jazz a truly American art form.

Following the performance, families are invited to make artwork representing two of America’s renowned artists -- Jean Michel Basquiat and Alexander Calder. Families are invited to work alongside Arts for Learning artists Cindy Zimmerman and Stacie Greene to make and take home their own interpretations of these artists’ work. Community artist and educator Cindy Zimmerman will demonstrate paper collage using images inspired by Basquiat’s work. Basquiat was known for painting with graffiti-like images and text. Artist Stacie Greene will present an art lesson based on the work of Alexander Calder. Calder created mobiles, stabiles, and sculptures. Greene will help families make a fish sculpture that can be used as a sculpture or mobile. 

All Family Arts and Literacy Connection programs are free to the public. The series engages families in both live performance and hands-on workshops. In addition, each family takes home a free book that connects to the theme of the evening. Upcoming Free Family Arts and Literacy dates are Jan. 25, Feb. 22, April 26, and May 24. 

The series is a partnership between Arts for Learning San Diego and The Salvation Army Kroc Center

About the Family Arts and Literacy Connection

The Family Arts and Literacy Connection is a free intergenerational family arts series promoting literacy in partnership with the arts. Each night features a themed performance and an interactive art project by artists from Young Audiences of San Diego. Each family takes home a free book related to the evening’s theme. The series takes place in the Education Center’s multipurpose room at The Salvation Army Kroc Center unless otherwise noted.

About The Salvation Army Kroc Center

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12.4 acre family support, education, recreation and cultural arts center, made possible by a generous gift by the late philanthropist Mrs. Joan Kroc. The facility is open to members and the general public and provides opportunities that facilitate positive life-changing experiences through: art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service.

About Arts for Learning San Diego

Arts for Learning San Diego envisions a world where all students, families and communities imagine, create and thrive through the arts.

For more information, please contact Arts for Learning at 619-282-7599 x114.