On September 4, 2012, The Arts at CIIS unveiled a 40-foot long mural entitled Grief Path, by Bay Area-based artist, Patter Hellstrom. In this project Hellstrom traces the last four years of her life, marked by significant personal losses of some of those closest to her. Informed by her own Judeo-Christian upbringing, balanced against a deep interest in Buddhist principles, the artist maps the emotional, psychological and cognitive dimensions of grief, as they’re experienced through time. What are the navigational tools on a grief path? The gestural, calligraphic brushstrokes applied over the rationalized pencil grid reflect the emotional immediacy of each moment. Patter Hellstrom’s influences and material choices range widely, from Buddhism and calligraphic brushwork, to Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism, and from sumi brushes to house brooms and broad old-fashioned wall-paper paste brushes. To achieve her lush, translucent, and emotionally evocative washes with the viscosity required to work upright on a wall at this scale, she used low VOC house paints from the hardware store. Cedric Pilard, of Story-Eyed Media produced this piece tracing the development of Hellstrom’s Grief Path, on view at the California Institute of Integral Studies through the end of 2012. California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street, 3rd floor San Francisco, CA 94103 www.ciis.edu/arts+ More details
New America Media Video Producer Josué Rojas Interviews Curator Raquel De Anda regarding the current exhibition at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) ChicaChic which highlight the "New Wave of Chicana Art." ChicaChic, an art exhibit showcasing five leading Chicana visual artists is open through March 18th 2011 at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). ChicaChic includes images that honor the concepts, themes, and iconography of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s but reflect a world that is drastically changed,” says Deirdre Visser, arts curator at CIIS. “These women were raised in a different era, and ask different questions” added Visser. The works in the show include a large canvas by Ana Teresa Fernandez depicting a woman “washing” the beach at the U.S.-Mexican border with her hair; it’s a striking image that demands both that we engage with the current debates over immigration, and the politics of women and labor. In addition to Fernandez, ChicaChic features the work of Angelica Muro, Mitsy Ávila Ovalles, Favianna Rodriguez, and Shizu Saldamando. The work of these five artists varies greatly, but they all are responding visually to the shifting needs of their communities in novel ways. The exhibit is guest-curated by Raquel de Anda, formerly of Galería de la Raza. “ChicaChic is about stepping beyond the boundaries of identity, challenging stereotypes about what it means to be Chicana,” says de Anda. “It’s about the fluidity of identity and the need for new kinds of images in a fast-paced, media-saturated society.” The exhibit is the culmination of years of planning. As Dorotea Reyna, CIIS Director of Development describes it, “ChicaChic is also a way to represent who we are at CIIS. With a ethnically diverse student body, CIIS feels that ChicaChic is an ideal exhibition to highlight our diversity, expand our arts programming, and further project our voice into Bay Area Latino communities.” Intergenerational panel discussion: Saturday, March 12, 6:00PM (CIIS Minna Street Center The BART campaign As part of ChicaChic, each of the five artists is creating an original poster for a public art campaign, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The public will see the posters starting in January 2011 at BART stations around the Bay Area. More than just a promotion, the posters connect the work of these powerful artists with new audiences, including the vital Chicano and Latino communities. The campaign expands visibility for CIIS and its arts offerings, including The Arts at CIIS, the MFA programs, and Public Programs. About CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is a nationally recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of 1,400 students pursuing degrees in seventeen academic programs in its schools of Professional Psychology, Consciousness and Transformation, and Undergraduate Studies. In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant array of events through its Public Programs division, including workshops, concerts, and conferences. The Institute sponsors six award-winning counseling centers offering low-cost mental health services in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about CIIS, visit www.ciis.edu.+ More details
Sonya Shah, professor in the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS, discusses Integral Education: "I don't think students who enter the program necessarily come with an understanding of what 'integral' is, I think they come knowing that there is some gap in an educational system." "When people get here, they start to create some language around what they have felt before but haven't been able to name. And I think that's what 'integral' is."+ More details
Emilie Conrad and Don Johnson are just months apart in age, like-minded spirits meeting over 38 years ago. Don was at the center of many meeting of minds during the 1960s and 1970s creating and nurturing a place to share discoveries and meet peers. From Sacramento to Esalen, from Paris to California institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, Don has come to know "if we really see each other's face, can we really hurt each other?" More information on Don Hanlon Johnson at donhanlonjohnson.com Don has written articles for many publications and over half a dozen books including "Bone, Breath, And Gestures", "The Meaning of Life in the 21st Century" and "Body, Spirit and Democracy."+ More details
What's at the root of Stuart Sovatsky's many achievements? He's a psychotherapist, author, Co-President of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology, a teacher in Russia, convener of a conference in India, a green developer in the San Francisco Bay Area, leader of a musical group called Axis Mundi, on the board of his graduate school for 20 years. At the root is kundalini yoga!+ More details
CIIS President Joseph Subbiondo discusses Integral Education: "What an integral education to me means, it's a synthesis of the intellectual, the physical, the spiritual--a form of education that gets at our inner values." "An educated person, in my mind, needs to be able to be comfortable in all three dimensions of his or her humanity."+ More details
Cindy Shearer, MFA program director, discusses Integral Education: "We don't have an aesthetic that we invite people to buy into, we don't have a perspective on what art should be that we ask people to buy into. What we really ask people to buy into is the idea that inquiry matters, and that engaged in a deep, reflective inquiry will change them for the better."+ More details
Alfonso Montuori, professor in the Transformative Leadership online MA program, discusses Integral Education: "We have this community of people that's really all over the world, that brings in not only their own personal work experiences, but they can be part of this incubator of new ideas that is CIIS." "Once we create that environment where people feel they can bring all of themselves to the table, I think the online education actually fosters integral education."+ More details
The School of Undergraduate Studies offers a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. This program allows students who have earned the equivalent of the first two years of college to complete their degrees in 3-4 semesters.+ More details
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