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Jason Engelund
Social Arts

Working locally to vitalize and braid together community resources and efforts in the Arts.

March 2017

Art IS Education
Adobe Art Center and Gallery
Facebook Marathon!

I've recently been appointed the Adobe Art Center Studio Director. In an effort to create community support for the arts, I'm braiding together the parks and school districts.

Everyday in March the Adobe Art Center and Gallery will post on its Facebook page Arts Education posts providing info for K-12, with an emphasis on K-5 Teachers! These posts are from our “A.R.T.s ~ Art Resources for Teachers” website, linked on the CVUSD website "Staff" drop down menu.

CVUSD A.R.T.s web link: 

Please encourage all Castro Valley teachers, parents, admin, and Students (and beyond!) to like and share the Adobe Art Center and Gallery Facebook page so that we can all share and learn about resources for Arts Education, the A.R.T.s website, and connect with the Adobe Art Center. 

Adobe Art Center and Gallery

More Info 

Art IS Education is a showcasing of arts education supported by the Alameda County Office of Education.

A.R.T.s ~ Art Resources for Teachers” website
For the past couple years I've been working to develop new arts education resources for  our public school teachers. Recentely we were awarded a grant from Crayola which is helping to support the professional development meetings I'm conducting with the teachers at Chabot Elementary. In these PD meetings we have been working in a collaborative way to design the  “A.R.T.s ~ Art Resources for Teachers” website. Teachers have been providing feedback on what is helpful to them, and I edit and design the website and choose content based on their input and needs. The website can be found linked from the CVUSD website under “Staff”.



October 2016

I'm happy to announce we have been selected as a 2016 Crayola Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipient. Collaborating with the Castro Valley Unified School District and Chabot Elementary, I am developing A.R.T.s Art Resources for Teachers.

Chabot is one of 20 elementary and middle schools nationwide that has been selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals to receive a “Champion Creatively Alive Children” school grant. The grant funds innovative programs aimed at fostering children’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.

The Arts Resources for Teachers or A.R.T.s is an arts lesson planning guide and the foundation for year-long professional development for teachers at the elementary school. The A.R.T.s content is focused on highly relevant, contemporary approaches that range from developing perceptual skills and cultural context, to making informed aesthetic judgments that derive meaning from art.

The monthly professional development meetings cover art studio practices, art history from a global perspective, current Arts Education practices, Arts and Common Core, and Arts and California State Standards.  With these in mind, teachers are writing new arts lesson plans their classrooms. Working together we are also crafting the Arts Resources for Teachers website, linked on the CVUSD Staff Resources. We will workshop this website into a useful tool full of resources for all CVUSD elementary teachers to use when putting together their own Arts Lesson Plans. The website focuses on K-5 arts education and will be available publicly and to all schools in the district to share our best practices in Arts Education.

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit Crayola.com.


July 2016

I'm the blue dot.



April 2016

Arts in Schools CVUSD
Arts in Schools Castro Valley Unified School District committee is lead by the CVUSD Superintendent and myself to support the arts for all the schools in the district.

Green Light for
Arts Lesson Planning Guide web project

At a recent meeting the Arts in the Schools website has received the green light. This summer I'll be volunteering to work on a website for teachers in our school district to find free art, music, theater, dance, and writing lesson plans and resources that they can use to integrate the arts into their classrooms. There will be both art material funds and incentives for teachers to put the resources to use and share tips with their fellow teachers.




Past Projects and Programs

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. These programs where the first to be presented to an anonymous potential donor along with others from the center. 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.

  • 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.impact-map


  • 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)
  • 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)


SF Flamenco


Engelund's first steps on his artistic path were from a circumstance with little support and no roadsigns to realize his artistic work. Needing a jump start, 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. As staff he had access to libraries on campus and read aesthetics and philosophy and painted at night. Working for a cafeteria was convenient as when the college was open, he was not a traditional starving artist. His first completed body of work, a metaphorical and narrative series of abstract action paintings of the bullfight went on exhibition at the aptly named Dickensonian “Artful Dodger”. These paintings also 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. No, he can’t dance, or play guitar, and despite his trip to Seville all by his lonesome, still can’t speak Spanish, but he did create the community art project SF Flamenco to support the flamenco arts community and fellow artists.

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.

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.

Select Archives, pdf.

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.