Tagua Fair Trade

This week with CARC: A representative from Tagua, a non-profit fair trade organization dedicated to expand economic opportunities for artisans and their families around the world through sharing their stories and providing a market in the San Joaquin Valley for their fair trade handcrafts and goods. Tagua is run on the pure joy of volunteers who seek to educate our community about fair trade as well as expand economic opportunities for artisans.

The Zoom link for the meeting can be requested at CULTURALARTSROTARY@COMCAST.NET
12 pm Greetings and social time
12:15 pm Meeting begins

Shinzen Stroll 2018

A Sunday Champagne Brunch will delight with music, arts, silent auction, and cultural performances.

You will taste brunch items from local restaurants while enjoying beauty, art, and performance pockets in the garden.

Ticket purchase includes a complimentary glass of champagne, savory and sweet brunch foods with orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Tickets: $35 Pre-Order | $45 at the Door
Please note: there is a city charge of $5 to enter Woodward Park.
Proceeds benefit youth arts, educational programs, and the Shinzen Garden.

A Shinzen Stroll is a joint fundraiser by the Cultural Arts Rotary Club and Shinzen Friendship Garden.

Tickets available at this link

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Art Contest Winners


The Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno is delighted to announce the 2017 K-12 Art Contest winners. Grand prize art entry from 12th grader Kayla Heflin of Central High School will be featured as a mural at the Fresno Fairgrounds Agricultural Building in Spring 2018.

The contest was open to all Fresno County students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The contest theme Protect Our Land, Air and Water Because We Feed the World, emphasizes the importance of working together to save the environment. The contest was sponsored by Rotary District 5230 Grant in partnership with Fresno Fairgrounds.

All entries will be featured in a public exhibit at Arte Americas Student Art Gallery throughout the month of January 2018. The entries from each division: high school, middle school, and elementary (1st place and honorable mention entries) will be recognized at Art Hop on January 4, 2018.

High School Division
First Place: *Kayla Hefin, Grade 12, Central High School (East Campus)
Honorable Mention: Mukda Soumphonphakdy, Grade 12, Central High School (East Campus)

Middle School Division
First Place: Calvin Threlkeld, Carden School, 8th Grade

Elementary Division
First Place: Sophia Ponce, Greenberg Elementary, Grade 3
Honorable Mention: Santiago Lopez Lopez, Deborah Williams Elementary School, Grade 6

*Grand prize winner with artwork featured in Fresno Fairground Mural at Agricultural Building in 2018.

View student art contest entries.

CARC Foundation Grants 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brooke Frost
559-288-4082, brookefrost@live.com

Cultural Arts Rotary Announces $12,350 in Grants for Youth

Five Organizations Benefit for Arts Activities

Cultural Arts Rotary announced its annual grant awards for the year, providing five organizations with atotal of $12,350. Award amounts ranged from $1,000 to $4,400.

The Fresno Arts Council received $4,400 to support local youth through the galleries and history of the Fresno Water Tower.

The Central High Wind Ensemble is performing at Carnegie Hall in March 2018, one of six groups invited. Two scholarships were provided for two young musicians to attend. The $3,500 award contributes toward their total fund-raising goal of $116,000.

Fresno EOC Sanctuary received $2,250 to support the filling of 200 stockings for youth at the Making Spirits Bright event for families and for survivors of human trafficking throughout the month of December. CARC members will assist with the filling of the stockings.

Fresno State’s Theatre for Young Audiences will bring four schools the Wondrous Tales of Old Japan production. It is a collection of Japanese folk tales presented in Kabuki theatre style. The award is $1,200.

Adventure Risk Challenge has been awarded $1,000.00 to be used for the purchase of curricular supplies and gear to support their Poetry and the Spoken Word Program.