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April 15, 2011Mary Beth Barber

Peer-Review Panel for the Creating Public Value Program April 18-21

Program seeks to promote positive impact of the arts through support of arts programs in rural and underserved communities

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council will conduct a peer-review panel of applications to the agency's Creating Public Value Program (2010-11) on April 18, 19, 20, and 21, at the California Arts Council offices at 1300 I Street, Suite 930, Sacramento, CA 95814.  The panel-review process is open to the public and will take place as follows:

  • Monday, April 18, 2011: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2011: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21, 2011: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Creating Public Value Program seeks to promote the positive impact of the arts in the lives of all Californians by supporting small arts organizations in rural and underserved communities which use requested funding to support new or expanded programs that will benefit the communities they serve. The Creating Public Value applicants must utilize the tools of the program identified as "The Three R's:" Relationships (by building partnerships); Relevance (to the community by increasing public participation); and Return on Investment (by promoting the organization's social and economic impact).

Members of the press may contact Mary Beth Barber at 916-322-6588,, or Marilyn Nielsen at 916-322-6555 or More information on the Creating Public Value Program is available at . The public may attend and listen to the panel deliberations; contact Lucero Arellano at 916-322-6338 or Information on the peer panel reviewers is available below.

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Elisa Marina Alvarado (Theater) -- San Jose
Elisa Marina Alvarado is a founding member and Artistic Director of the 21-year old Teatro Vision. As an actress, director and community organizer she has been active in the Chicano movement for over thirty years. Ms. Alvarado has taught theater for Teatro Vision, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University and many community organizations. She developed a new works program, Codices, through which Teatro Vision has produced world premiers for plays including Conjunto by Oliver Mayer and Boxcar by Silvia Gonzalez. Ms. Alvarado established Teatro Vision's educational program, the Instituto de Teatro, which offers comprehensive training in culture and community based theater for Latino communities. The training approach incorporates popular education (Conocimiento) and indigenous approaches to teaching/learning. She is also a licensed clinical social worker, an Aztec dancer, and practitioner of indigenous Mexican health traditions. Ms. Alvarado founded the Ethnomedicine Project in San Jose, California, which offers training in traditional Mexican medicine. She is of Purepecha Indian and Cuban decent.

Ulysses Jenkins (Visual/Media/Performance Art) -- Los Angeles
Ulysses Jenkins is a video/performance and visual artist. He received a M.F.A. in Video/Performance Art from Otis College of Art in Los Angeles; and a B.A. in Fine Arts - Painting/Drawing from Southern University in Louisiana. Mr. Jenkins is Associate Professor at UC Irvine, in the Claire Trevor School of The Arts, Department of Studio Art, where he teaches video art production and performance art; and is an affiliate professor with the African-American Studies program in the Department of Humanities. Mr. Jenkins' body of work spans the last three decades. From his early work with the Video Venice Collective in the 1970s, through his ongoing investigation of the media's portrayal of African-American culture and the African Diaspora-Afro-Brazilian culture; he has consistently investigated questions of race, history and the power of the state. Mr. Jenkins' work is widely recognized through numerous awards, grants, and fellowships. His work is part of both the Getty Research Institute's African American Avant-Gardes, and the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, taking place this fall (2011) in Los Angeles.

Jason Jong (Music, Multidisciplinary) -- Oakland
Jason Jong is a grants/arts administrator, cultural connector, and world percussionist, interested in projects which capture the spirit of traditional folk music and cultural wisdom to promote dialogue, peace and healing. He has served as Chair and member of the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission, member of the Oakland Museum of California's Asian Pacific Advisory Council, advisor to the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and in supporting roles for numerous nonprofit and governmental arts agencies. Mr. Jong is the artistic director of Hei Gu Chinese Percussion Ensemble, and performs with Vietnamese world music group Breath of Asia, Filipino dance and music company Kulintang Dance Theatre, and Korean dance and percussion ensemble Ongdance Company.  He is also a founding member of the pan-Asian collective Asian Crisis, which strives to develop an Asian-American aesthetic through the intersecting waves of ancient and contemporary rhythms and sound. Other groups he has worked with include Wan-Chao Chang Dance, Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance & Music, Noh Buddies, Melody of China, Anthony Brown's Asian-American Orchestra, Gen Taiko, and Zanshin Daiko.

Anjanette Maraya-Ramey (Dance) -- San Diego
Anjanette Maraya-Ramey holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from CalArts and is pursuing a Masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego. While studying at CalArts, she trained in modern dance and ballet technique. In San Diego, Ms. Maraya-Ramey has performed in site-specific Trolley Dance pieces choreographed by Jean Isaacs, Rebecca Bryant and Kim Epifano. She has also danced with somebodies dance theater and was a company member of The PGK Project Contemporary Dance Company. Ms. Maraya-Ramey's choreography has been shown at CalArts' Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater in Los Angeles, and in San Diego at the Diversionary Theater, Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater Studio Series, Emerge Dance Festival at the Jewish Community Center and the Celebrate Dance Festival. She has taught modern dance and musical theater at West Hills High School and served as a movement consultant for La Jolla Playhouse's Performance Outreach Tour.  

Angela Tahti (Arts Services) -- Auburn
As Executive Director of the Arts Council of Placer County since 1997, Angela Tahti collaborates with artists and community volunteers of all ages, public officials and business leaders to improve Placer County's quality of life through the arts. She develops, administers, and promotes a wide variety of community arts programs including visual, performing and literary arts presentations; a Regrant Program; Arts in Education Programs; and cultural tourism initiatives such as the Auburn Art Walk, Autumn Arts Studios Tour, Library Garden Summer Series, Jazz at 808, AGROart Competition, Feats of Clay and the One Root Festival. Her "Director's Message" in Perspectives, Placer Arts' quarterly arts newsmagazine, informs members and the local community about the state of the arts locally and statewide. Ms. Tahti is Sierra Nevada Arts Alliance liaison to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and County Arts Lead to the California Department of Education for Placer County Office of Education.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, and Susan Steinhauser.

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