Sponsored content: Get the inside story on Summer Arts


Summer Arts is proud to help support The Munro Review. Here is Summer Arts Insider, which is sponsored content provided by Summer Arts staff member Yamille Moss. It includes news, photos and updates about the month-long program and public festival.

Check back frequently for updates!

Thursday, July 20

Fresno State professors Jan Edwards and Betsy Hays were at the author reading and reception earlier this week. They are both enrolled in the Summer Arts course The Novel: Mapping Your Project to Completion and are about to finish up their two-week intensive with guest artists Ryka Aoki and Erin Kate Ryan. Jan is a retired professor from the Media, Communications and Journalism (MCJ), and Betsy is a professor of Public Relations and Advertising in the MCJ department.


Photo by Kelly Martin

From left, Celeste DeMonte, Ryka Aoki, Alisa Martin, Suzanne Crosina-Sahm

Wednesday, July 19

Writer Ryka Aoki attended the reception after her Summer Arts reading and shared that she is finding that the Fresno heat is spurring her creativity. She’s been writing like crazy and invited her students in the Planning Your Novel course to join her in the cafeteria during their time off from class to write.

Photo by Suzanne Crosina-Sahm

Saturday, July 15

Fresno State Radio was playing K-pop tunes at the reception after Friday’s Lalary performance when students and guest artists broke out into dance outside the John Wright Theatre. Pictured: Summer Arts dance students and Lalary member and K-pop idol Lex, far right.

Photo by Blake Wolf

Wednesday, July 12

These five young men traveled all the way from Sãu Paulo, Brazil to take the Summer Arts Voice Actor Boot Camp course. In the class that started Monday, industry professionals are teaching students voice acting techniques for video games, animation, commercials, and more.

Photo by Blake Wolf

Monday, July 10

Award-winning actor and Summer Arts guest artist Sandra Marquez performed with other guest artists last week in the John Wright Theatre. A native Fresnan, Marquez expressed how good it felt good to be home and shared a funny story about her tia finding out that she was in town after receiving the Summer Arts calendar in the mail.


Photo by Ray Smith

Elena Muslar, standing, at Summer Arts.

Tuesday, July 4

In addition to intensive classes, Summer Arts offers students other opportunities for growth. On Sunday, students worked with career coach Elena Muslar of Confide Creative in a workshop called “Work Your Quirk.” The workshop showed them how to use their artistic skills to cultivate their professional presence. Students left the workshop buzzing with newfound confidence and armed with the tools to ignite their professional arts careers.

Photo by Blake Wolf

Monday, July 3

Summer Arts guest artist Emmanuel Attah Poku has been teaching our students the art of Asante drumming and song during Session One of Summer Arts. Attah began training as a drummer at the age of 5 and officially joined the drum ensemble in the Asante King’s palace at just 10 years old! He currently directs the Kiniwe African Music and Dance Ensemble at Tufts University.

He and the other guest artists in town for Summer Arts gave a lively performance last night that had the audience dancing in the John Wright Theatre.

This “Asante supergroup” has never performed together – they were brought together to teach our Drums, Song, and Dance from the Asante Kingdom of Ghana course. This is the kind of magic that happens at Summer Arts!

Saturday, July 1

Acclaimed local artists know that Summer Arts is the place to be. Renowned fiber artist Kathy Wosika was spotted at the Summer Arts Community Papermaking event on Friday:

Photo by Yamille Moss

Kathy Wosika, center, is an acclaimed local artist.

Tuesday, June 27

The audience was wowed and literally danced in the isles at last night’s Summer Arts kick-off performance ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva America! It was a colorful and festive show featuring Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar.

We learned during sound check that Grammy-award winner, Jimmy Cuellar, who has toured the world with his mariachi troupe, is a Valley native – born and raised in Bakersfield.

If you missed the show last night, you still have the chance to see the student showcase 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, in the John Wright Theatre. Some of the artists who performed last night will be teaching music and dance students for the next two weeks. Come see what they learn…Student Showcases are FREE!

Photos by Blake Wolf

Monday, June 26

We just got our hands on Monday’s performance line up — what a great show to kick off Summer Arts!

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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