Red Hen Press returns for another in our ongoing partnerships to present Sunflowers in Snow, poetry reflecting on the themes of fire, water and science. Join us as Garret Hongo, Jim Tilley and Evie Shockley read from their works as part of Pasadena’s AxS Festival: Fire and Water. AxS 2011 (pronounced /ak-sis/) is a festival celebrating the City of Pasadena's remarkable heritage as "The City of Art Science." Pasadena's world-renowned arts and science institutions are uniquely intertwined — like strands of DNA — and AxS is designed to showcase this rare alchemy with two weeks of art, dance, music, theater, performance and provocative conversation.
What is AxS? The Intersection of Art and Science
Since 1999, arts and science institutions in Pasadena have been collaborating on a festival series which celebrates this unique heritage. Now produced by Pasadena Arts Council, the AxS Festival will bring together some of the area’s most engaging and influential arts, cultural, and research institutions to offer performances, exhibitions, presentations, public conversations, and more to the city of Pasadena for a 16-day celebration of arts and sciences in October 2011, under the unified theme “Fire and Water,”
With the support, in part, of generous grants from the James Irvine Foundation, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the City of Pasadena and the National Endowment for the Arts, PAC has launched the “Fire and Water” Commissioning Initiative to create and present four new art projects for premiere at AxS 2011.
All AxS commissions will respond to the 2011 festival theme, “Fire and Water,” and will reflect the distinct identity of Pasadena as a city where art and science enjoy a rare symbiosis. AxS 2011 will celebrate and showcase this key aspect of Pasadena’s identity, highlighting the breadth and depth of its many arts and cultural institutions, as well as leading science and research institutions. PAC has chosen the elemental theme of “Fire and Water,” for its great resonance with both art and science, and provocative relevance to the landscape and ecosystem of the Southern California region.