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All the World at the Fair

Tara Pandeya Dances of Central Asia

Tara Pandeya Dances of Central Asia

Every day at the Marin County Fair this year, Youth in Arts Global Stage featured our mentor artists in interactive performances from around the world. We celebrated the theme of the Marin County Fair “All for One and Fun for All” in our own artistic style with our amazing artists.

Audience members learned how to balance a bowl on their head in a dance from the Uyghur peoples of Central Asia, check out master artist Tara Pandeya demonstrating to the left with multiple bowls, including the top one full of water. We had audience up dancing a Peruvian samba around the Exhibit Hall. There was Indian Bollywood dancing, Brazillian capoeria, Japanese folk dance and so many others. Check out our gallery below.

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Read Executive Director Miko Lee’s Op Ed in the IJ here.



World’s Biggest Pop Up Book

Youth in Arts unveiled the World’s Largest Pop-Up Book at the Marin County Fair on July 7, at the Marin County Fair. The book measures 48 feet long by 6 feet high when fully opened, giving it a larger area than the current official record-holding book, created in Belgium in June 2010. Youth in Arts worked with hundreds of visitors during the run of the Fair, especially children and their families, to create the book. Entitled “Travel the World,” it celebrates the Fair’s 2013 educational theme and Youth in Arts work bringing art from around the world to North Bay students.   We will be compiling the entire video story soon. These are some highlight photos from this engaging endeavor.

Back to Basics At the Marin County Fair

Artists and volunteers with Youth in Arts provided five days of hands-on projects at the Marin County Fair this year. In keeping with the Fair’s theme, “Made in Marin” a celebration of our agricultural heritage, all of the projects honored the art and skills of our settler ancestors. We made rag dolls from rags and fabric scraps, wove bracelets using leftover yarn on a loom made from recycled mat board, and hooked a beautiful, soft rug with only feed sacks and old t-shirt scraps.

Every day at the Fair was a beautiful one, thanks to the tremendous help of our 30 volunteers and the creative energy of our thousands of artist visitors!
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Global Stage Friday

Quick video from Friday, July 2, at Youth in Arts Global stage at the Marin County Fair. Chaskinakuy brought their museum-quality collection of regional instruments from the high mountain regions of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, northern Chile and Argentina, Suzanne Joyal demonstrated the art of Italian Street Painting and Samuka de Bahia closed out the night with samba, bossa nova and capoeira. All these artists are available through Youth in Arts for Assembly Performances and Artists in Schools residencies.

The Global Stage also featured Native American flautist Albert Tenaya and the Filipino-Americans of Marin. Throughout the Fair, Youth in Arts is welcoming professional and community artists from throughout Marin who will share their art and traditions. Stop by and visit 1:30-8:15 through Monday, July 5. For a schedule, click here

Come Visit the Global Stage at the Marin County Fair

Youth in Arts is hosting the Global Stage at the Marin County Fair from July 1-5, presenting 25 different performances and cultural presentations.

On Thursday, July 1, we kicked things off with Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl, followed by Native American dance by Eddie Madril and company, a bilingual spoken English and ASL storytelling presentation by Jalena Lee and Pat Sirianni, our own `Til Dawn youth a cappella, and African drumming and dance by Ken Doumbia and Jija.

Check out a few quick highlights:

Stop by the Global Stage from 1:30-8:30 as the Fair continues. A schedule of featured performers for each day is here. For tickets and all the information you need to enjoy the Fair, visit the 2010 Marin County Fair site.

Youth in Arts at the Marin County Fair

Youth in Arts Day at the Marin County Fair on July 1 featured hands-on arts activities for kids and performances on two stages, all by Youth in Arts Mentor Artists who also teach in our programs during the school year.

Mentor Artists Ascha Drake and Evan Bissell and Artists in Schools Director Suzanne Joyal manned hands-on arts activity stations, helping children create duct tape wallets, jewelry and other original creations, along with whimsical model vehicles and musical instruments from recycled materials, including bottlecaps and postcards.

Meanwhile, Mentor Artist Brooke Toczylowski worked throughout the day with kids visiting the Fair to paint and decorate a giant collaborative world map.

On the Ben & Jerry’s Stage, audiences enjoyed sets from Youth in Arts Mentor Artists Bronkar Lee (Beatboxing/Percussion/Circus Arts), Netza Vidal (Mexican Ballet Folklorico), Ken Doumbia (African Drumming and Dance) and Eddie Madril (Native American Dance) and their respective companies, as well as Youth in Arts own teen a cappella troupe `Til Dawn. Performers also offered longer, more interactive/instructive presentations in the new intimate Global Stage space inside the Exhibition Hall.

Youth in Arts continues to present performances on the Global Stage throughout the Fair, with 25 different companies from all parts of the world featured. Come visit us and travel Around the World with Youth in Arts!

Photos above by Joy Phoenix