The Choral Tales Project was inspired by an awareness of the vital need for people and nations in the 21st century to increase their ability to work toward common objectives, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation.
Given this setting, one of the most timely and valuable contributions artists can make is to foster a sense of global citizenship, the oneness of humanity and appreciation of the beauty of cultural diversity. This is the central theme of the Choral Tales Project.
To give a compelling glimpse of humanity's oneness and diversity, the Choral Tales Project takes a bold and innovative approach: without moralizing or spelling out a message, it employs attractive choral music and dance to present folk tales from around the world.
The selected folk tales are brief, entertaining and edifying. They provide a sampling of humanity's diversity, yet they draw on a universal reservoir of wisdom.
CHORAL TALES PROJECT
From a variety of cultures, the Choral Tales Project selects certain folk tales which highlight the above-mentioned values. Each tale is distilled into a poem, in English, which is then set to original choral music and acted out in narrative dance as the choir sings.
The vision is to eventually produce dozens of folk tales in artistic form, representing the authentic voices of humanity from many countries around the globe. Four tales have been selected for production. They are from China, Mexico, Tanzania and Scotland (representing Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe). The one from Tanzania - whose subject is the influence of women and the true nature of power - was a favorite of Nelson Mandela. To read summary of tales selected click this link:
The four tales are to be produced as a video, presenting the on-stage musical performance of the four works by a choir with dancers. The video will be suitable for broadcast on public television and other media outlets.
The resulting pieces can be performed by youthful, non-professional dancers, and by community choirs or college choirs anywhere in the world, thereby aiding them to reconnect with their cultural roots, while also learning to appreciate the virtues of cultures in other parts of the world.
Our mission is to promote community self-expression and creativity through the media arts.
The Arts Collaborative was founded by Armando Lopez in 2014. Our mission is to present arts projects that celebrate the diversity and oneness of humanity.
We sponsored La Orquesta Pasatono, a musical ensemble from Oaxaca, Mexico. They performed at the Oxnard College Theater.
The Arts Collaborative purchased and donated an Egyptian Sarcophagus to the Gull Wings Children's Museum for their Egyptian Children's Art Program.
Our current project is sponsorship of the Choral Tales Project. For further information on this project see Choral Tales Project tab.
Our mission statement is to promote community self-expression and creativity through the media arts and stimulate interest in digital film making as a career.