Community Arts

New and Recent Projects

Classes & Workshops

Kira teaches classes in photography, painting on photographs, silk painting, community, and collaboration in the arts.  She is currently working on a book titled Art and Change: Creating Legislative, Community and Personal Growth.  This book teaches nonprofits and artists how to produce impact driven art while also documenting Kira’s collaborative to educate legislators, build community resilience, and heal personal tragedy.

At the workshop, students will create beautiful rectangle scarfs or square wall hangings, plus a small square art experiment. No experience in art needed. Samples, templates and materials provided. They will learn how to paint on Habotai silk using a resist for holding shapes and lines, with pigment dyes, permanent inks and other techniques to thrill their imaginative spirit.

Art is the Next Peace: Connecting Communities

For the past two years, they have led the South County art project titled Art is the Next Peace, Connecting Communities. Corser has partnered with First Night Monterey to bring young people in Monterey County together to paint stunning works of art while they experience an atmosphere free from violence. In 2011, Art is the Next Peace brought 57 kids together at four different workshops to learn the craft of painting.

Art is Next Peace


sponsored Artistic Director Kira Carrillo Corser in Marina workshops helping students paint 20 silk paintings, each 7-feet long. They exhibited at the Monterey Conference Center on New Year’s Eve as part of the “ART is the NEXT PEACE: CONNECTING COMMUNITIES Project,” promoting nonviolent resolutions to gangs, bullying, and domestic violence. This project also made possible by a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County. Find out more on FACEBOOK!

was a featured exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, March 7 – 31, 2008. Presented by the Arts Council for Monterey County. View VIDEO »» Here.