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Jason Engelund • STUDIO 3663
Social Arts

Vitalizing public life and creating opportunity in the arts through strategic
efforts in connecting community needs, resources, vision and people.


A.R.T.s ~ Art Resources for Teachers
2015 - 2018

The Arts Resources for Teachers or A.R.T.s is an arts lesson planning guide and resource available to everyone online. The A.R.T.s content is focused on highly relevant, contemporary approaches that support public school teachers as they teach the arts, providing students 21st Century skills including creativity and imagination, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration. To ensure the best possible set of resources for teachers, the design of the art resource website was made in collaboration with teachers through a series of monthly professional development sessions over the course of the 2016/17 academic year. The monthly professional development meetings covered art studio practices, global perspectives on art history, current Arts Education practices, Arts and Common Core, and Arts and California State Standards. In the process, teachers tested and critiqued the work in progress website, providing guiding information to prioritize the information layout and content available on the website.

  • Year 0, 2014/15 Engelund assesses circumstance, developes plan with stakeholders, Parents Club, Teachers, Principals, Superintendent
  • Year 1, 2015/16 Engelund begins to create the Arts in School website, an arts education resource for teachers.
  • Year 2, 2016/17 Engelund leads professional development workshops with all teachers of Chabot Elementary. Included in these workshops is the piloting of the website. Through listening to teachers' during testing the website, it is edited to meet their needs and work preferences including hardcopy downloads for those not comfortable with online resources.
  • Year 3, 2017/18 the website is promoted district wide through the work of lead principals and Superintendent. The Arts In School Committee will meet to strengthen the teaching and school based arts community and address new areas to help improve and provide arts education for all students in CVUSD.

The project was funded through the generous grant from Crayola. The project was selected as a 2016 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipient. Jason Engelund and partnering school Chabot Elementary were one of 20 elementary and middle schools nationwide that were selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals to receive the grant. The grant funds innovative programs aimed at fostering children’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.

Visit the A.R.T.s ~ Art Resources for Teachers website

Visit Crayola to learn more about and apply for the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant.


Center for Art and Public Life

Engelund is a founding staff member of the California College of the Arts Center for Art and Public Life, a department created to use the arts to address issues of social justice, civic engagement, diversity and education. His work at the center spans 11 years. Working with teams of people Engelund developed social and humanitarian based programs for artists at the college to collaborate with local organizations and communities around the world. Engelund began by working with the college student programs and soon facilitated the pivotal transition to placing students at work in arts positions in the public. Interships were created in organizations throughout the Bay Area and the department's grant program was created. Key to this success of these student programs was to develop support and training for the art students to work in schools, hospitals and health centers, and community organizations. Educational workshops and training were also provided for students to realize their own projects and apply for grant funding. Engelund's work at the center also includes sharing methodology and program models through other colleges, universities and organizations to assist artists, architects, designers and writers in utilizing their creative talents and resources to address real-world needs. The department was the first in the country to offer a Community Arts undergraduate program.

  • 9100 Hours of Art at Work for Our Communities, Every Academic Year
    Art College Internships in Schools, Community Organizations and Health Centers
    Engelund developed the interneship program for student artists to work in community organizations throughout the greater Bay Area, the Community Student Fellows program now known as CCA Connects. In the early years of the Center, the program was originally an internship program of eight internal office assistants. With personal expreince of starting as a self supporting starving artist putting himself through art school, Engelund knew well the need for creating jobs for artists. Taking the existing needs of arts programming in community arts organizations, public schools, and hospitals and the then close to non-existent internship opporunities for fine arts studenst in the college, Engelund patiently negotiated the approval for the direction of the program, thought too risky by many to entrust the students with such positions. It was a successful risk taking endeavor. Engelund developed the community partnerships, pre-professional training and administrative support to give job placements for 35 art, architecture, design and writing students in 30 community focused organizations. Students learned on the job skills while serving community in public schools, hospitals health centers, and local community organizations. Sustainability is grounded in the federal community work-study funds which pay for most of the student work. In total the program serves approximately 9,100 hours of arts based work towards community needs each academic year.

    Click here to view the PDF Booklet on how it all began.
  • Artists Addressing Social and Humanitarian Needs Across the Globe
    Expanding from the success of the community internship program Engelund created the Center Student Grants program running from 2002 - 2010. Upper division students are able to collaborate with their community organization partner to create their own project that addresses a social or humanitarian need, and apply for funding. Through a rigorous application process winning teams are awarded grant funds to realize their projects. Numerous projects have been completed locally and across the globe. The program was embraced by a new funding partner in 2010 and under their recommendation a more extensive collaborative model was encouraged. Along with a rebranding marketing effort from the college the grants program evolved into the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards. This program continues to enable students and their community partners to complete projects addressing social and humanitarian needs across the globe.
    Click here to view the PDF Booklet on how it all began.

Arts addressing social and humanitarian issues, map.
Center Student Grant Projects: Red. Community Student Fellow sites: Blue.


Center for Art and Public Life Students in Action

Examples from the first years of the internship and grant programs are available in this PDF booklet. Download to find out how the programs worked at the intersection of art, education, and community engagement. Project summaries, information on the students, communities and their art programs in these first years of the programs are featured in the booklet, including a foreward by Jason Engelund and the exciting beginning steps toward the creation of a academic programs in the field.
Click here to download (PDF 2mb)

100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change Guidebook
A team of 100 Families artists, administrators, curriculum writers and more put together this guidebook. The book was designed by Jason and through funding by generous grants and foundations credited in the book is intended to be distributed freely and encourage more community action through the arts. The guidebook includes step by step information on how to develop a successful program in your community, and includes lesson plans in photography, quilting and dance.
Click here to download the Guidebook PDF in English (1mb)

100 Familias de Oakland : Arte y Cambio Social de la Guía para

Un equipo de 100 familias artistas , administradores , escritores del plan de estudios y más elaborado esta guía . El libro fue diseñado por Jason ya través de la financiación por las generosas donaciones y fundaciones acreditados en el libro está destinado a ser distribuido libremente y fomentar una mayor acción de la comunidad a través de las artes . La guía incluye información paso a paso sobre cómo desarrollar un programa exitoso en su comunidad , e incluye planes de lecciones en la fotografía, el acolchado y la danza. (Perdono pero no estoy con fluidez en español.)
Haga clic aquí para descargar el PDF de la Guía (1mb)


SF Flamenco


Engelund's first steps on his artistic path came after laboring over the decision and final realizing dropping out was the only way to move forward. From a circumstance with little support and no roadsigns to realize his artistic work, he moved to a rural area and taught himself to paint. For three years he worked in the basement cafeteria of a university in Virginia and taught himself how to paint at night. Though himself a college drop out, he was college age. As staff he had access to libraries and passed as a student while campus. Blending in, he rigorously read aesthetics, philosophy, psychology from global perspectives and contemporary and art history eventually being mistaken for a graduate student.

Engelund's first completed body of work, a metaphorical narrative series of abstract action paintings inspired by duende, the soul of flamenco were his first professional exhibition, 1995. These paintings became a portfolio earning him scholarships that led him back to his native homeland of the San Francisco Bay Area to attend art college. There to his surprise he found a thriving flamenco arts scene. He sketched flamenco performers during live shows. So close to the soul of flamenco from his work in visual arts, he gave back and worked to support the community of flamenco artists through creating his project SF Flamenco.

Nicknamed “el Pintor” the painter, Engelund facilitated the flamenco community's efforts towards common artistic goals such as promoting shows, classes and published feature articles on local and visiting artists as well as documenting the rich history of flamenco in the area. The project quickly grew. SF Flamenco became an information source and helped disseminate news such as the political issues facing the Roma peoples throughout the world. Funds were raised for artists who could not afford health insurance but were in need of health services, and the project got the word out to help raise over $25,000 for victims of the 2004 Madrid train terrorist attacks. Granted full scholarship from the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, now the Museum of Performance and Design, Jason el Pintor received training from the Legacy Project's Oral History program. He recorded oral histories, to help capture and archive stories from this period of flamenco arts in San Francisco Bay Area. After ten year, in 2008 Engelund handed to project over for others in the flamenco community to adminster.

Painting by Jason el Pintor, at the Flamenco Room Thirsty Bear San Francisco with Fanny Ara, Keni el Lebrijano and singer, left.
Cover of SF Flamenco during the height, a big season for flamenco in the Bay Area with Eva Yerbabuena, Paco de Lucia and Sara Baras, middle.
Painting by Jason from exhibition at the 1st Annual Portland Flamenco Festival, right.

SF Flamenco Select Archives

Juan Del Gastor Juan Gomez Amaya was born in 1947 in Morón de la Frontera (Sevilla) into one of the most revered dynasties of gypsy flamenco. The dynasty was founded by his uncle the now mythic guitarist Diego del Gastor. His older brother is the renowned guitarist Paco del Gastor. His first cousins include Diegito de Morón and Augustín Ríos (the Bay Area’s most authentic gypsy flamenco maestro) both of them superb guitarists in their own right, as well as the dancer / fiestero Andorano, the dancer / maestro Pepe Ríos; his uncle, the beloved cantaor Joselero; and, in the younger generation, the dancers Juana Amaya and Pepe Torres. April 2005

Paco Sevilla, Interview with guitarist, editor of Jaleo magazine, and author of the books "Queen of the Gypsies", and "Paco de Lucia: A New Tradition for Flamenco Guitar". March 2004

La Miri, extended interview and dedicated work in Flamenco with excellent dancer. June 2004

Roberto Zamora, the biography as told by. (Note. Archive is missing some images.) April 2005

La Tania, interview and family history with this exemplary dancer. June 2006

The Ballad of Gypsy Davy by Carl Nagin. March 2000

Archives from SF Flamenco on the Wayback Machine
Visit "the Internet Archive Wayback Machine" to find interviews, archives and more. By clicking on these links you are leaving this website and going to the Internet Archive. There at the top of the webpage you will find a "map of dates" . Click on the graph, a date or on "105 captures" to find the archives of SF Flamenco. Note, many images and links are missing.

SF Flamenco Archive publications:
List of monthly interviews, concert features and more.