Giotto, Dante and the Arena Chapel

An error I made in making this video which reverses some of my ideas is that Dante wrote the Divine Comedy more than a decade after Giotto painted the Arena Chapel. Which means that the influence I attribute to Dante in this video is just the reverse. It poses the question of how much did Giotto influence Dante?
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California ArtBeat!

November 26, 2013 artbeat 
California Arts Council
10 Reasons to be Thankful for the Arts
We know there are endless reasons to be thankful for the arts... but to celebrate Thanksgiving, we've put together a list of ten.
Council Votes to Create New Programs with One-time Funds
At a public meeting in L.A. last Wednesday, members of the California Arts Council voted in support of five new programs and initiatives to be funded by one-time support from the California State Assembly. More than $1.5 million will be invested in programs and initiatives supporting arts education, at-risk youth, and community transformation through the arts. Read the complete press release at this link.

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Art Makes You Smart
New York Times
Executive Director
American Youth Symphony
Los Angeles
Cultural Arts Manager
City of Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach
Digitization Project Technician
Japanese American National Musuem
Los Angeles
Advocacy Coordinator
California Association of Museums
Santa Cruz, CA
Theatrical Maintenance Supervisor
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego, CA
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Professional Grant
Alexia Foundation
Deadline: 2014-01-13
Student Grant
Alexia Foundation
Deadline: 2014-01-27
51st Annual Juried Competition
Masur Museum of Art
Monroe, Louisiana
Children's Hospital Central California
Children's Hospital Central California
Madera, CA
Clay Fiber 46
Octagon Center for the Arts
Ames, IW
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Foundation Research Master Class
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 2013-12-06
CDP Orientation Webinars (Free)
Cultural Data Project
Online Webinar
Date: 2013-12-04
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Upcoming Events at the Museums of Los Gatos

Upcoming Events

Holiday Reception

Thursday, December 5, 6:00-8:30 pm
At The Art Gallery (24 Santa Cruz Avenue)

Meet our artists and enjoy festive refreshments at the Los Gatos Museums Gallery.

Christmas Letters from C.E.S. Wood of the Cats Estate

Thursday, December 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
At The Art Museum (4 Tait Avenue)

Please join us for the first public reading of the personal Christmas letters of C.E.S. Wood to family and friends. Reproductions will be available for sale. Light holiday refreshments will be served.

In 1904, writer, lawyer, and owner of the Cats Estate C.E.S. Wood began celebrating Christmas by sending out Christmas messages in letter format. Not intended as poetry or literature, but as "sarcasm and propaganda" to family and friends, Wood's Christmas pieces most often attack the hypocrisy of Christianity and the commercialization of Christmas.


Christmas Eve Recess

Tuesday, December 24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
At The Art Museum (4 Tait Avenue)

It can be easy to forget to breathe in the rush of last minute holiday shopping, so take a moment to recharge and relax with us over at the Art Museum. Light refreshments will be provided.

Call For Entries!

The Annual Santa Clara County High School Juried Exhibition is back! In this county-wide competition, The Museums of Los Gatos asks young artists to contemplate the idea that art is a conversation and to visually communicate their answers. For more information, visit our website or our informational facebook page created specifically for the upcoming show!

Parents and Teachers

It's not too late to schedule a Museum Explorer Art Tour!  We still have dates and times available for your students to enjoy a lively interactive museum tour featuring our winter exhibition, Unmasking The Stage.  Our tours offer a variety of learning activities that are tailored to meet California State Core curriculum.  Highlights include a session with master storyteller, Jerry Falek, and a hands-on art project.  If you would like to schedule a tour, please visit our online registration at  Please do not hesitate to call us at (408) 354-2646 with any questions that you may have.

Also, check out this recent article in the New York times that addresses the positive impact art museums can make on your children at:

Ongoing through January 12, 2014
Backward is Forward: Layer and Impact in Printmaking,
Now on exhibit at the Art Museum of Los Gatos.


Ongoing through April 20, 2014
American Bohemia: The Cats Estate in Los Gatos, Now on exhibit at the History Museum of Los Gatos.
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