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SF Community Music Center Awards $50,000 in Scholarships

    San Francisco’s Community Music Center (CMC), a non-profit community arts organization, announced an award of $50,000 in merit scholarships to 31 students, covering their private lesson tuition during the 2015-2016 school year. <
Lillian Glenn, Oakland, 1979.  Photo by Ken Green from the Lee Hildebrand collection.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Blues “Gave Me the Experience to Stand Fast for the Master,” said Lillian Glenn

    “I’ve got the meanest feelin’ I ever had. The man I got treated me so bad…I’m gettin’ mighty tired the way my daddy’s doggin’ me,” Lillian Glenn wailed in a robust contralto on [...]
Queen Ida

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Long Live Zydeco Accordion Queen Ida

    Ida Lewis grew up listening to lots of lively zydeco and Cajun music played on accordion in Beaumont, Texas during the 1930s and ‘40s. She was fascinated by the instrument but never considered [...]
USF artist Estria Miyashiro '92 and students paint a mural depicting Hawaiian culture and lore.

USF Students Transformed by Artist’s Mission to Serve the Underserved

Josue Rojas met acclaimed USF graffiti-style muralist Estria Miyashiro ’92 at a pivotal moment, perhaps the most pivotal moment of his life. He was surrounded by violence and hanging with the wrong crowd. Today, Rojas [...]
Russel Craig, who paroled from Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, displayed a portrait of himself that he drew while still in prison. The portrait is drawn on prison documents such as medical slips, grievances, and disciplinary write ups that he got while incarcerated. For more on his work, go to: instagram/rcraig267.

OP-ED: Arts in the Prisons Create Opportunities for Justice

By Troy Williams   California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association, in collaboration with the University of San Francisco (USF), recently hosted a four-day national conference, “Arts in Corrections: Opportunities for Justice [...]
Dorothy Morrison

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Dorothy Morrison Still Performing 40 Years after “Oh Happy Day”

Dorothy Morrison, whose spirit-filled contralto lead vocals sparked the 1969 hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, sat in a semicircle last Thursday rehearsing “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and other patriotic [...]