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The Youth Arts Collective wants to inspire and encourage emerging artists in Monterey County, many of whom are from low-income families. It functions as an after-school art studio and mentorship program for students in high school and college who have a passion for art.

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Watsonville’s First Poet Laureate Wants to Spread the Spoken Word

Bob Gómez, who is serving as Watsonville’s first poet laureate for a two-year term, talks about his background and future plans for his tenure in the position.

(March 16, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Playwright Shares Ups and Downs of a Curving Career

California playwright Josefina López talks about being honored at the Watsonville Film Festival—a commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of her play “Real Women Have Curves.”

(March 10, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report

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Image caption: From Past to Present: The range of California art in the museums listed below is represented by the Crocker Art Museum’s exterior: one half completed in 1872, the other added in 2010.
Golden State Treasures

Gold Rush-era landscapes, funk art sculptures, pop art statements, Chicano art movement masterworks—here are 10 places to explore the work of California artists.


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Former Feast of Lanterns board creates new Youth Ambassadors of Pacific Grove.

Two months after the board of the nonprofit Feast of Lanterns organization announced it was voluntarily ending the tradition following intense public pressure over complaints of cultural appropriation, members are creating a program they say is brand new, despite leaning…


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Monterey County library branches offer new language-learning system

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Free Libraries has announced the availability of Transparent Language Online for Libraries, a complete language-learning system with courses and lessons designed to build listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. “We are excited that students receiving …


Image caption: State Sen. Steve Glazer speaks at a hearing of the Governmental Organization Committee on March 29.
Calling Emergency to Save Journalism

California has lost 25 percent of its newspapers and seen a circulation plummet over the past 15 years. A bill in the State Legislature, SB 911, could help.


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Endangered indigenous languages find home on world’s most translated website

SALINAS VALLEY — The most translated website in the world — jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses — includes content in more than 1,050 languages, including many indigenous languages considered at risk of dying out. On the Central Coast, …


Image caption: Want to know more about California? These podcasts are a great place to start.
Golden State Podcasts

Travel, food, true crime politics—there’s a show for everyone. Here are some top-rated podcasts that focus on some aspect of California culture.


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Carmel set to finally sign a lease with PacRep for the Forest Theater.

The city of Carmel and Pacific Repertory Theatre are set to sign a lease agreement for the management of the historic city-owned Forest Theater if City Council approves at a meeting tomorrow, March 1.


Image caption: Margaret Cho, George Lopez, Tiffany Haddish and eight other California-bred comedians offer unique perspectives on their home state.
Califunny

Plenty of East Coast comedians make California the butt of their jokes. Here are some locals who’ve earned the right to make fun of this place.


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Summerhill named Monterey County’s first Poet Laureate

MONTEREY COUNTY — College professor Daniel B. Summerhill has been selected as Monterey County’s first Poet Laureate, with a two-year term that begins immediately. “Being the inaugural Poet Laureate of Monterey County is exciting but doesn’t come without its due responsibility and urgency,” …


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Stationery store partners with National Steinbeck Center

SALINAS — Longtime Carmel-by-the-Sea stationery store, The Pleasure of Writing, has begun a partnership with the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Celebrating the life and work of the Pulitzer- and Nobel-winning author of novels, including “Cannery Row,” “Sweet Thursday,” “The …


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