Sacramento State’s Festival of the Arts—a spring cavalcade and celebration of the capital region’s culture, creativity and sheer capacity for joy—dances, swoops and plays its way into several area venues April 8–12. Fun, yes—but wait, there’s more.
“We see the arts as an important economic driver for the region,” says Edward Inch, dean of Sac State’s College of Arts & Letters. “Events like these help make our city a destination.” Inch describes the multiple-platform festival as a week that commemorates “the incredible creative energy we have all around us.” Included in the mix are film screenings, plays, concerts, dance performances and, this being an academic institution, lectures.
“U Create!” is the festival’s opener, spotlighting various creations and innovations of nearly 30 grant-funded student/faculty teams. Meanwhile, a street festival on the 600–700 block of S Street “brings together the efforts of the festival’s artistic partners: the Verge Center for the Arts, Beatnik Studios, Axis Gallery and Insight Coffee Roasters,” Inch says. (Yes, making good coffee is an art.)
Bandaloop, San Francisco pioneers in what’s been characterized as “vertical dance,” performs at (and on) University Library during the Library Gallery reception on Friday, April 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. and again, two days later, on Family Sunday Funday, a daylong campus event focused on families and children.
Festival details are online at csus.edu/festival.