VSP & The Triangle Lab host “Passages / Home” An art-guided Central Valley Bus Tour

“Passages / Home” is a moving showcase of six Central Valley artists in conversation with the landscape, stories, and travelers on our ‘art bus’.  Part ritual, part facilitated dialogue, part creative offering, this art-guided bus tour will explore this often-misrepresented region of Califas (California) through art and collective experience.

featuring the creations of Valley artists: Rosita Arenas, Jefferson Beavers, Teresa Flores, Tracy Stuntz, Jackie Ryle, Soul Vang

Hosted by: The Triangle Lab, part of their #Califas Series & the Valley Storytellers Project

“Passages / Home” A Central Valley art-guided Bus Tour!
Oct 19th, 11am – 4:30pm
Meet at the Fowler Library (306 S. 7th Street, Fowler, CA 93625; we’ll then depart on a chartered bus South on HWY 99)
free, just bring your own sack lunch
RSVP to Nikiko Masumoto (nikmasu@gmail.com) to reserve your seat *seating is limited



Many conceptual maps of California portray the Central Valley as a place to pass through or a place to leave. Taking up these (mis?)conceptions, Central Valley artists will create and share new, old, works-in-progress, and experimental offerings about passages in, through, to, beyond, from and around home in the Central Valley (whether or not home is a place, an idea, in the Central Valley, somewhere else, imagined, un/wanted, destroyed, etc.). Each artist will share prepared individual work(s) and engage in a playful and generative dialogue with each other and all guests. The hope of this event is to lift up diverse voices and stories of artists in the Central Valley in the context of California on an intimate and memorable arts journey through the Valley. This will be a really special event, not to be missed.

Valley Storytellers Project Launches with Hunger Stories


In the winter of 2012, VSP worked in collaboration with Cornerstone Theater Company to host a Hunger Stories workshop and reading.

Project Description:

Everyone has a story to tell. This project invites anyone from the Central Valley of California to share memories, experiences, and tales about hunger. As a hub of food production, the Central Valley is a unique place to host this project. Often dubbed the “bread basket” of the United States, it is a place full of both of bounty and need. Storytelling gives audience to the textures and paradoxes of hunger in the Valley. Over the course of two days (four weeks apart) Central Valley community members will have the chance to come together and engage with theater practitioners and writers to create original 10 minute plays about hunger in the Valley.


What happened:

Storytellers gathered and shared memories and experiences with and about hunger in every definition possible: the things we hunger for, physical hunger, metaphoric hunger, feeding others, feeding ourselves. From the storytellers words, two plays emerged. One written by Cindy J. Thao and the other by Mai Der Vang and Anthony Cody. The original storytellers then gathered to read these new plays publicly to an audience of supporters and listeners.

Check out these radio stories about the project, from KQED / The California Report, a story by Jefferson Beavers and from KVPR / Valley Edition, a story by Joe Moore