Arts Impact: Sustainable Communities
Camino Arts was formed to provide an umbrella initiative for artists from both sides of the border. The common road traveled by our creative endeavors spans the development, creation, distribution and preservation of cultural programs to connect us to the heritage of El Camino Real. Our common vision is cross-border, inclusive and multi-disciplinary. Camino Arts both illuminates the work of individual artists and produces collaborative projects under the Camino Arts brand - using our skill as artists and arts instigators not only to discover common ground, but in these turbulent times, to sustain it. Below is a sampler of our work together and also work completed as independent artists, arts activists and producers.
In 2018: In a partnership with the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, Camino Arts will commission Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz to compose a new work for orchestra and solo artists tentatively entitled "Camino Chronicles." This new symphony is inspired by the heritage and stories of El Camino Real and seeks to illuminate the people who sojourn on this ancient path. Solo artists will include Camino Arts co-founder Marisa Canales and the Ronstadt Brothers. We are delighted to be working with Ms. Ortiz, who is one of Mexico's leading composers and a bright light in the world of contemporary orchestral music. Here are two samples of her compositions, a work for timpani performed by Gabriela Jiménez with the Xalapa Symphony and "Rio de las Mariposas," performed by members of the Southwest Chamber Music Ensemble.