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Home: This collection contains short videos about working, contemporary artists who infuse their own culture or their family's culture into their art practices. They are often infusing their personal history with contemporary concerns and ideas to create artwork that ignites discussion and fosters cross-cultural understanding. These videos help address both visual arts and social studies content standards.

  • Hung Liu: Visual Art

    Trained as a propaganda painter during the Cultural Revolution in China, Hung Liu now creates large-scale portraits of unsung heroes. Discover her creative process in this video from Spark.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Sanjay Patel: Visual Arts and Animation

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Sanjay Patel, a supervising animator and storyboard artist at Pixar.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Stephen Kent: Music

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, learn about music composition through the didgeridoo, a traditional aboriginal instrument.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Liz Hickok: Multi-Media Art

    In this Spark video from KQED, meet Liz Hickok, a multi-media artist who works in video, painting, and installation. In her "San Francisco in Jell-O" sculpture series, she has crafted landscapes out of one of America's favorite desserts.

    Grades: 2-13+
  • Michael Arcega: Visual Arts

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, exchange puns with Filipino American artist Michael Arcega as he comments wryly on history.

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Ala Ebtekar: Visual Arts (Line Drawing)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Ala Ebtekar, a visual artist whose large-scale line drawings explore the contrasts and similarities between contemporary hip hop culture and traditional Iranian culture.

    Grades: 6-13+