Preserving Culture Through Art

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August 12, 2021
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Join PBS KVIE for an online preview screening of a special edition of KVIE Arts Showcase, followed by a panel discussion with the featured artists.

On this special edition, celebrate California artists and organizations preserving culture through art. Meet Akinsanya Kambon, who hopes to inspire others through his art to seek truth and instill courage while sharing their own stories. Discover how the Punjabi American Heritage Society uses art as a resource to build connections both within and outside their community. Dr. Monica Crooks creates, expands, preserves, and redefines the norms of how we view culture and beauty. Multimedia artist Pamela J. Peters uses her art as a vessel to tell the stories, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the dedication, resilience, contributions, and lives of Native Americans. Finally, see how TeAda Productions provides an outlet of service, education, and creative courage.

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Episode funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Video Description


60 minutes


  • Holly Healy

    Holly Healy is the Community Engagement & Events Project Manager at PBS KVIE. She is responsible for managing station events and maintaining and building relationships with community members.

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    Catherine S


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    Marinda Johnson, Panel Moderator


    Marinda Johnson has been a Producer at PBS KVIE for 15 years. She is the Series Producer for KVIE Arts Showcase and a Producer for the Studio Sacramento series. Marinda’s producing credits also include African Americans in California’s Heartland as well as many ViewFinder programs on health and other topics. She has won numerous awards, including three Regional Emmy Awards and 14 Emmy nominations. She was a 2010 Black Expo 30 Under 30 Outstanding Young Leaders honoree, and a winner of the 2015 Alliance for Women in Media Examples of Excellence – Creative Talent.

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    Dr. Monica Crooks


    Dr. Monica Crooks, a dentist and artist, truly loves all things art. In her words, “There is simply nothing better than celebrating this beautiful life through the expression of art! Combining scientific knowledge with the expression of art and beauty offers my patients and viewers quality and optimal results. I believe a smile has the power to create a better future and feel blessed and grateful to have been able to transform the smiles and lives of many patients from the United States and abroad from my office in Sacramento, California.”

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    Akinsanya Kambon


    Akinsanya Kambon, aka Mark Teemer, was born and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Sacramento High School and briefly attended Sacramento City College before being drafted to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. This would begin his many years in overseas travel experiences that broadened his view of the world and humanity. As a former Marine, Black Panther, and art professor, Akinsanya works daily in his private studio, driven by his passion to create art and share the knowledge of African people’s culture.

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    Pamela J. Peters


    Pamela J. Peters is a Navajo multimedia documentarian currently residing in Los Angeles. Pamela was born and raised with strong cultural ties to her tribe on the Navajo Reservation. As an artist, her creative outlet pushes viewers to critically analyze the psychological and historical structures of Native Americans in film, storytelling, and visual images. Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies and Film and Television from UCLA.

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    Ova Saopeng


    Ova Saopeng is Co-Artistic Director and Producer with Los Angeles based TeAda Productions. He is an accomplished actor, teaching artist, and playwright. He is a refugee from Laos and is passionate about elevating the refugee and immigrant experience on the American stage. Community and ensemble-based creations include Masters of the Currents, Refugee Nation, Global Taxi Driver, and Native Immigrant. Film credits include Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: World’s End, Burmese Refugee, Go to Sleep: A Lao Ghost Story, and Warsol.

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