Walnut Creek

Creative Work Fund artists' grants

The San Francisco-based nonprofit Creative Work Fund is currently accepting letters of inquiry for its 2014-2015 grant cycle, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 available to Bay Area media and traditional artists and collaborating nonprofits.

To that end, the nonprofit is holding a grant applicationseminar in Walnut Creek on Monday, Aug. 18 in the Oak Room of the Walnut Creek library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek to assist area applicants with the inquiry process.

To register, or for more information, go to www.creativeworkfund.org

Talks of the Muslim 'counternarrative'

In response to research that shows almost a quarter of the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims have been victims of hate crimes since 9/11, leading Bay Area scholars are urging civic organizations to fight negative portrayals of Muslims in the media and popular culture.

Hosting such a "counternarrative" is the Walnut Creek Library, which has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association, to offer "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys," a five-part community reading and discussion series led by nationally renowned scholar Dr. Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley, Zaytuna College).


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The first for discussion program is Aug. 27, with an exploration of the book "Prince Among Slaves" by Terry Alford.

There also will be supplementary programs, including a kickoff event at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 as presenter Todd Javadi and musical group Shabahang host "An Afternoon of Rumi," an immersive experience focusing on the 13th century poet's works in the original Farsi and with English translation. Register at wclibrary.org/event/rumi/.

Subsequent discussion programs will run Sept. 10 ("The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States," edited by Edward E. Curtis IV); Oct. 8 ("Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim" by Eboo Patel; Oct. 22 ("A Quiet Revolution: the Veil's Resurgence from the Middle East to America" by Leila Ahmed); and Nov. 12, with "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson.

All these free discussions take place in Walnut Creek Library's Oak View Room at 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. For more information, go to wclibrary.org/event/roads/

LAFAYETTE

Brown named Childen's Chorus artistic director

Andrew Brown has been named as the new artistic director for the Contra Costa Children's Chorus.

Brown's credits include 10 years as a conductor and musicianship teacher with the Pacific Boychoir Academy and as conductor of the Da Capo Youth Orchestra at Holy Names University. He recently completed his fifth year as the Concert Choir Director of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, where he developed a regionally recognized curriculum for advanced musicianship training.

Professionally trained as a clarinetist, Brown holds a bachelor's degree in music from La Sierra University and a master's degree in music from Holy Names University. Focusing his early career on orchestral conducting, he attended the Conductors Institute, and earned an artist's diploma in instrumental conducting at the Hartt Conservatory in Connecticut.

Brown's choirs have performed with Northern California's leading musical organizations including the San Francisco Symphony, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the San Francisco Choral Society, the Santa Clara Chorale, the San

Francisco Bach Choir and the UC Davis Symphony.

Artists' market event slated Aug. 16

The Lafayette Art Gallery is hosting an Artists' Market Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the courtyard and fountain area next to the gallery at 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

The area will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace, with a variety of artists exhibiting, demonstrating and selling their artwork. Lafayette Art Gallery members will be there, and outside artists, too — a total of 12-15 artists.

On exhibit will be paintings, ceramics, photography, fine art, textiles, candles, garden art and more.

The Lafayette Art Gallery was founded 15 years ago; all members are selected by jury.

Clay and glass artists' exhibit through Sept. 6

The Association of Clay and Glass Artists holds its annual juried exhibition at the Lafayette Art Gallery through Sept. 6. It opened Aug. 5.

The show will be juried by John Toki, noted ceramic sculptor and retired faculty member California College of the Arts.

This year's exhibit is entitled "Making the Everyday Unique: Functional Clay and Glass from ACGA." The gallery will show some of the best functional ceramics and glassware that California artists have created, including teapots, casseroles, bowls, serving dishes and vases from more than 20 selected artists.

An artists' reception will be held at the gallery Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The clay and glass artists' show will augment the current exhibition at the Lafayette Art Galley, "Unique Art, Unique Homes."