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Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young presents New Generation—Celebrating Americana Art and Culture: Past and Present

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On Friday nights, the entire museum is open until 8:45 p.m. Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, and lectures. The café is open with a special Friday Nights dinner menu, and a no-host cocktail bar is serving drinks. There are art making activities for everyone. Programs are subject to change.

This special event celebrates Americana art and culture from the past to the present, featuring artworks, films, performances, and live art drawing by students and faculty from San Francisco Bay Area universities, colleges and community-based art centers.
Their Americana-inspired works bring awareness to the unique and distinct spirit of Americana, expressed through iconic images, fashion styles, architecture, art objects, rural and urban everyday scenes, traditional and popular pastimes, and various forms of cultural expression.

Participating institutions include
City College of San Francisco,San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco Fort Mason, Academy of Art University, Art Institute of California–San Francisco, Berkeley City College, U.C. Berkeley, San Jose State University, Foothill College, Santa Rosa Community College, Cal State University East Bay, Hospitality House, and Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA.

The evening includes:
• a variety of Americana dance tunes, past and present, spun by DJ Lamont
• a special Americana-inspired dance performance by Hilary Palanza Dance Company
• an Americana film series in the Koret Auditorium
• a fashion contest for best/most creative and unique Americana chic/funky hairstyles and fashion styles. Visitors are encouraged to dress in Americana chic and funky style. Don’t miss out.

Join Rick Rodrigues and his students for their sketching performance
celebrating Americana, and view amazing handmade bikes created by talented youth working with the Crucible.

San Francisco Bay Area Contemporary Americana Art and Culture, a College Night satellite venue:
Friday, April 30
5:30- 9 p.m.
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco
Thanks to Robert Melton, Rick Rodrigues, and the Crucible for their major contributions to this event.6:00–8:30 p.m.

Hands-on art making for everyone
with Art Diva Kim Erickson. Design a “skateboard” with your own logo.

Amish Abstractions exhibition entrance (upper level)
7:00–7:45 p.m.

Collectors Faith and Stephen Brown will lead a tour of the Amish Abstractions exhibition and discuss their 35-year love affair with antique Amish quilts, the cultural and artistic significance of these quilts, how and why they began collecting, and what attracted them to particular quilts in the collection.
(Museum admission required.)



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Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Museum general admission is always free to members; regular admission fees apply for non-members to visit the galleries.

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Nicole Schach