My Osher local arts class goes on, thanks to Fresno State and Zoom

In addition to my gig teaching in Fresno State’s MCJ (Media, Communications and Journalism) Department, for several years I’ve also been teaching classes about the local arts scene for the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The program was created for adults age 50+ who wish to continue learning and exploring for the sheer joy of it.

My classes in the past have been in person. That isn’t happening this semester, of course. But we’re forging on!

I’m offering a four-session class that starts Tuesday, Sept. 1, and runs from 10-11:30 a.m. (And you can stay in your pajamas if you want, thanks to Zoom.) The other three sessions will be Tuesdays at the same time: Sept. 29, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1.

And what will we be covering, you may ask, in a time when local arts have appeared to grind to a standstill?

Well, there are lots of artists out there still creating — making music, visual art, figuring out ways to do theater in an era of social distancing — and we’re going to find and talk about them.


The class is open to Osher members. (The membership fee includes admission to a series of keynote speakers, which is well worth your consideration.) You sign up for short classes like mine on an individual basis.

Hope to see you there!

Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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