Yolantha Harrison-Pace

Yolantha Harrison-Pace is an award winning author, playwright, poet and a Performing Arts Specialist for the Kentucky Arts Council http://artscouncil.ky.gov/. 2004 Poet and Humanitarian Author of the Year and noted among America's Top 100 Literary Women, she is Premiere Writer's voice of the 21st century.  She also writes for the Kentucky Advocate Messenger http://www.amnews.com/ and the University of Southern California's Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery www.usc.edu/igm.

Updated July 2011

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The Multifaceted Eye: Working to Realize the Dream

William Arthur Ward, scholar, author, editor, pastor and teacher once said, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it.” Ward also said, and one rarely hears, “Do more than dream—WORK.” The community capacity building, creative philosophy and work of Mike Saijo renews the vitality of both these quotes.

When asked how his philosophy and work developed, Mike reminisced, “Ever since I was a child, I used my imagination to escape and explore. I created an alternative space where I could visualize and imagine anything. I thought of it as ...

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WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PEOPLE: Then and Now, The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Project

Why pick up a paint brush, choose a camera lens, struggle over new computer software, or the latest in hip-hop-rock-blues beats? Why toil over architectural theories and algorithms, decide on the temperature of a kiln or which perspectives, points of view or editorial slants? What difference does it make now, or will it make in the grander scheme of things?

“It’s never enough to sit in your studio and make works of art for commerce. To use one’s life and one’s skills for promoting a rich and sustainable future is what art is really about. Art is ...

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Art is Life; Life is Art: Richard Yutaka Fukuhara’s Tapestries on Life

Richard Yutaka Fukuhara’s computer-manipulated photographs are classified in the “visionary” category. When asked about this label he responds, “To me visionary means to look beyond what is obvious.” Fukuhara says he fights the battle of the commonly held misconception that he is gifted with ‘a good eye.’ He states adamantly, “It’s not only the eye that determines how one approaches an artistic exploration. What lens, what angle, what lights, who is the audience are among the many considerations determined by mindful, creative, ‘artful’ process.”

Richard Yutaka Fukuhara refuses to tag himself as an arts activist; he sees himself ...

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