Don’t Be So Snooty, Small Towns Have Museums and Performing Arts, Too

I grew up not far from Turlock and have to confess I was both surprised and pleased to see what cool exhibitions the Carnegie attracts. An exhibition of Picasso’s Madoura pottery where you’re not jostling with a bunch of other visitors for a view? Yes, please. The current Mucha exhibition is well curated too.

Carnegie Arts Center

The Problem Is That Too Many People Feel Unwelcome in Galleries and Theaters

Growing up, my siblings and I were surrounded by art. In our house, jazz and opera were always playing, literature lined the shelves, and the work of local artists hung on the walls. My father taught theater history at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, directed plays, and even acted now and then. My mother, an accomplished musician, played piano, organ, and guitar. Both made sure my siblings and I were exposed to museums, live theater, and music. We saw just about every play my father directed at Stan State. My parents rarely took the two-hour drive into San Francisco without at least some of my five siblings tagging along. The theaters at the American Conservatory Theater, the Legion of Honor, the de Young museum, and the San Francisco Museum…

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