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Balboa Art Conservation Center - News from the Western Region Field Service Office
Care of Paper Workshop

BACC is pleased to present a pre-conference workshop, Care of Collections: Paper, at the Western Museum Association’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT on October 9, 2013.

This informative workshop focuses on the specific care needs of paper-based collections. Topics will include the nature of paper, environmental issues, storage and display considerations, as well as the basics of remedial care.

For further information and to register, please visit the Registrars Committee Western Region website HERE.  We hope to see you there!

Other News from the Western Region:
Connecting to Collections Workshop

Subsidized Surveys and Assessments 

Through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, BACC's Western Region Field Service Office is able to offer on-site collections preservation surveys to a select number of institutions within the western region at a subsidized cost. Eligible institutions must be located in California, Washington, Oregon, or Arizona.

Two new surveys focus upon environmental conditions and storage improvements. They are being introduced this year to expand upon our series of subsidized surveys that address general preservation needs, and hazards and disaster planning.

More information on each type of survey, including brief application forms, is now available on BACC’s website HERE. Applications are due November 30, 2013.
Contact the field service staff with any questions at  or (619) 236-9702.

AAM's MAP deadline July 1

Be Prepared!

September is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Preparedness Month when communities and organizations across the nation promote the value for individuals, families, and businesses of being prepared for emergency situations.

Cultural organizations can also benefit from the tool kits and templates designed by FEMA, which help them to protect not just the collections they house but the people who work for them too!

The main message for September is to stay informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved with your community response coordination before a disaster occurs.

Check out FEMA’s Youtube Channel to get motivated to take action! And visit their website HERE to access their free resources.

Sessions at Conference!

If you can’t make it to our workshop at WMA, then please at least stop by one of the three sessions we will be participating in. Join us in Salt Lake City for some lively and informative discussion sessions on:
  • Coordinated Emergency Preparedness,
  • Modern Museum Lighting: Increasing Controls Reducing Costs, and
  • Field Services 2.0: Creating New Support Models for Small Museums.

To see the full conference program and to find out more about registration, visit the WMA website HERE.
See you in Utah!

Grant Opportunities

Museum Assessment Program:
AAM's next MAP
application deadline is just around the corner on December 1, 2013. The IMLS-funded grants help small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet national standards. 

Sustaining Cultural Heritage and Collections:
NEH’s SCHC grant helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials by supporting preventive conservation measures. The deadline for applications for 2014 projects is December 3, 2013.

Optium® Conservation Grant Program:
Funded by Tru Vue and administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, this grant supports projects in glazing applications for the preservation of museum and library collections. The next application deadline is November 1, 2013.


Protecting Cultural Collections:
Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Oct 2 & Nov 6 - Lancaster, CA
Oct 4 & Nov 7 - Seattle, WA

Connecting to Collections Free Webinar Series:
Collections Policies
Oct 2 - Online

Care of Audiovisual Materials
Begins Oct 16 - Online

Outreach Activities for Collections Care
Begins Nov 4 - Online


Field Services is one of BACC’s four primary areas of activity and supports preservation efforts at collections-based institutions throughout our four-state western region: Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. Currently in its thirteenth year, the program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency.

The Field Service Office offers the following services:

  • Workshops on basic preservation theory and practice
  • On-site preservation planning surveys
  • Consultation on specific preservation issues
  • Reference and technical inquiry response service


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Some Halloween Monsters in Honor of Upcoming October, Frankenstein, bride of Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, a big bug creature, and of course Dracula


The 50¢ Tabernacle on Sunday, October 6th, here at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Greetings Universities and Performing Arts partners!

We would like to welcome you all to The 50¢ Tabernacle on Sunday, October 6th, here at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. We are offering five one hour dance classes for only 50¢ - a ridiculously inexpensive bargain for high quality dance! 

The 50 Cent Tabernacle will have five cutting edge Bay Area choreographers who will teach a range of unique styles that embody the African Diaspora. You can see more information on our flyers and our Facebook (see below).
Please spread the word to your students and colleagues! It would be much appreciated and we hope to see you all there on this day of dance and live drumming! Thank You!

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A Rant about Teaching and Attendance

When I first started teaching almost about 20 years ago I was a bit of a monster. In the last 5 to 7 years I've kind of relaxed a little bit about picking on students for attendance and for showing up and even where they sit in the class. Last year it really seem to work in a notice the students had really great grades.

I've just given my first set of midterms, and I haven't been taking attendance is much as I should and I haven't been picking on students about attendance and taking quizzes that they're supposed to take. I've shifted a lot of responsibility to the students for them to take the quizzes online and the tests online as well.

I just went through my grade books. A lot of students haven't been showing up in a lot of students failed the first midterm. It's kind of freaking me out. Does this mean I have to go back to being a nasty little troll and yelling at the students about whether or not they come to class in order to be an effective teacher. Does this mean have to suffer from heart disease to be a good teacher?

Other teachers what you think?


Some of My Latest Work for Sale

Thoughts on Judging Art Show

Today I just judged it art show at the Adobe art gallery in California.

It got me to thinking. When judging art show a necessary part is to delete or get rid of a bunch of the work so that the show is not overhung. This means that they're counting on the judge to judge quality. Well I have a criterion for which I judge work. However, my tastes might not be the tastes of other people. And in some ways that doesn't mean that my taste is better than someone else's it literally means that someone else thinks that my taste is better than other peoples. Probably part of this has to do with my credentials as an art historian and also as an artist. I was asked to write a statement that explained how I picked the work for the show and how I awarded the awards. Here it is.

The first thing I want essays don’t give up. I know a lot of artists feel that other people don’t understand their work or don’t appreciate their work. That’s probably true. However it doesn’t mean that no one appreciates your work. Or that you can’t sell it. After all Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb set the record for strikeouts as well as home runs. In fact really good ballplayers usually have a higher strikeout record sometimes as much as triple to quadruple the amount of strikeouts as a have two runs batted in. So I guess that when I’m trying to say is that you just have to keep trying even if you didn’t get into a show or gallery rejects you. It certainly doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough and it also doesn’t mean that that person understands what you’re doing and that includes me when I looked at the show.

So here’s my criterion for judging work in this show.

First, I approached judging a show from a formal point of view. This means I look at the work from a physical point of view. I look to see how good the anatomy in the drawing of human figures is, the handling of the materials and techniques, and this includes color line light shade form. So this means some things about a drawing or painting or photograph or sculpture may appeal to me but not appeal to someone else and vice versa. Breaking this down a little bit further, I’m really looking for someone who understands composition, so if the composition is symmetrical and it looks like that’s all the artist can do or that they didn’t understand why they were making the composition symmetrical I may for that work of art out just because that’s my personal taste. I’m also big fan of shading and paint handling. So when I look at shading I am really looking for a lot of transitions of tone and heavy chiaroscuro. Other people might not like that kind of stuff. Likewise with paint handling I’m looking for some calligraphy and some bravura in the paint handling.

Second, I’m looking at the iconography and/or subject matter of a work of art. So the first thing I throw out is something that looks cliché or trite to me. As a trained art historian I can really see what people are referencing and I feel that if they’re copying rather than referencing in an intelligent way a lot of times I won’t pick that piece of work for show. The meaning of the work of art really matters to me and it has to be complex and interesting and thoughtful. So, that may mean that I don’t understand what you’re trying to say in your art. That doesn’t mean that you are not communicating it clearly. It just means that I didn’t get what you’re trying to say or maybe I didn’t even like what you’re trying to say. I’m one person my opinion could matter to you but I’d like to suggest that maybe it should matter is much as you wanted or think it does.

Third, in my last criterion for judging work, is how will that work fits in with the context of the show that I’m judging. What this means to me in terms of the Adobe art gallery, is that I wanted to fit in with the show and show the community what I think the best is. This means that I’m looking for the first two categories first and hoping that they would be a good example for other people in the community to aspire to according to my value system. This may not be your value system. I think community arts centers are great places to exhibit your work and to get other people’s opinions. They’re a great welcoming and friendly environment, and so I’m looking for themes ideas and techniques that I hope the rest of the community will appreciate and values that I would like to promote.

In conclusion, I think anybody who tries to exhibit their work is a hero and if you didn’t get in this time try again and compare your work to the work that got into the show. Think about what that work exhibited to other people might mean and how well executed is. If you value my opinion, which you don’t have to, try to aspire to the level that those artists who got into the show have reached and also really try to aspire to the people that I chose as being excellent in the show.

Good luck as an artist don’t stop trying.


Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

 Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Upcoming Events  
September 2013  
Day of the Dead
Cinemas (9-17/9-21)
Drumming for Carlos (9-21)
Grito De Lares (9-29)

MCCLA Dia de los Muertos Exhibition  

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) invites the public to participate and celebrate "La Llorona: Llanto de vida y muerte en el Distrito de la Mission" (La Llorona: Weeping for the life and death of the Mission District).  Produced by MCCLA and Curated by Dr. Martina Ayala.

The MCCLA Dia de los Muertos Exhibition is one of the most popular and one of the largest exhibits and event of the year.  This year we will have altars honoring Carlos Ramirez, Rafael Manriquez, Juan Lopez, and DulceMorales.  The theme will render artistic representations of life and death of the Mission District we used to know and experience it, as well as the renewal and current changes that the local community is facing.New additions to the exhibit will include a Day of the Dead Cake and Sugar Decorating Contest and an interactive Children's Village in the MCCLA Lobby where families can bring their children to celebrate and learn about the tradition of the Day of the Dead.
Public programs include; Day of the Dead Workshops beginning September 14 through October 16, 2013.  Workshops for all ages will engage participants in learning about the meaning of the celebration and creating multimedia projects as well as arts and crafts workshops in Papel Picado, altar making, Paper Mache and Totomoxtli (dry corn husk) "Catrina" and "Frida" figures, and "Mojigangas" by special guest artisans Alejandro Chirino and Miguel Angel Sequeyro representing Foro Binniza a non-profit organization from Mexico City, that promotes and disseminates art and culture, supporting independent artists from Mexico, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
To participate as a volunteer or event sponsor please contact :
For more information regarding school guided tours and event contact:
Lillian Botello at 821-1155,  
for exhibit, gallery, and Mole Contest contact : 
Sheila Hernandez at 643-2775
or go to www, for updated information on related Day of the Dead Events

Important Dates
November 2, 2013: 6pm-11pm -- Day of the Dead Celebration at MCCLA
October 16 - November 23  Exhibit Run
September 14 - October 12 (Saturdays) Workshops $10
October 26  Sneak Preview - VIP Reception - $50
October 30  "Cocina de Muertos" Artist panel discussion - Cake and Sugar Skull Decorating Awards  
 For more info go to: Dia De los Muertos 

MCCLA invites you to attend the Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival. This year we will be hosting the Kick-Off Celebration in addition to several days of screenings. The kick-off is on September 12th. RSVP, Food, drink, entertainment and clips of the films. Films will be posted next month. Screenings at MCCLA are on Sept 17-21. Expect a diverse selection of films including docs, features, and shorts by local and international independent filmmakers

Heart of Earth / Heart of Sky, (98 Minutes).
Thursday Sept 19 / 7:00pm / Theater

Sofia & The Stubborn Man (Sofia y El Terco) w/ Echo Bear, (81 Minutes).
Friday Sept 20 / 7:00pm / Theater

"Viva La Mujer! Shorts Program (Includes: The Unique Ladies, Vida Diferida, Tamale, Lonche)",(76 Minutes).
Saturday Sept 21 / 3:00pm / Theater

Chicama,(75 Minutes).
Saturday Sept 21 / 5:00pm / Theater

Topsy Turvy (Patas Arriba), (90 Minutes)
Saturday, Sept 21 / 7:00pm / Theater

You can go to for more info on the schedule.

Saturday September 21 / 2pm / Free / Front of MCCLA

At his passing in 2006, Carlos was a beloved Omulu Capoiera master, teacher and founder of the award winning Foga Na Roupa Carnaval group. His generosity and sympathy touched people from all over the world, in particular the Bay Area. Scores of elementary, high school students, and adults learned capoiera and Brazilian culture through his exemplary teaching style. Join us for Brazilian-style Carnaval drummers and dancers who will gather to celebrate Carlos Aceituno's life and to reflect on his contributions to the larger San Francisco's Carnaval community.

***Evento Bilingue***
Sunday September 29 / 4:30PM-7:00PM / FREE ADMISSION / Gallery

On September 23, 1868, more than 500 revolutionaries, revolting against the Spanish colonial rule and slavery, entered the town of Lares to proclaim the birth of the Puerto Rican nation. Come join us in the commemoration. Cultural Program will include a discussion panel, followed by poetry, Puerto Rican food and music.

CELEBREMOS EL GRITO DE LARES ("Boricuas hasta en la Luna").
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