Amanda Chiado leads group discussion. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

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BenitoLink reporter participates in a local writing lab

Arts Council creates safe space for sharing personal expression.

Anzar High School senior Jordan Driver focused on art therapy for her graduation exhibition project. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.


Anzar High senior reaches out through art therapy

Jordan Driver’s “Grad X” project helps participants access emotions.

Artwork on display at the Life Skills art reception on May 31. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.


Life skills students show art at reception

Works on display at ARTspace Annex in Hollister.


The music of his life

When Joe Ostenson came to Hollister in 1965 to teach music, he believed he would stay one year before moving on. Fast forward to 2019 and after a 45-year career with the Hollister School District, Mr. O as people fondly call him, is still teaching music. Asked what kept Ostenson in Hollister all those years,

Though born in Oakland, Don Smith was raised in Hollister and currently lives here. All photographs courtesy of Don Smith.


Hollister photographer sees the world through his camera

Don Smith tells of following his passion and life behind the lens.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


SBSC Theatre Camp special registration on Memorial Day weekend

This year's summer camp "I Love Rock n Roll" will run Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28 at Sacred Heart School.

A family reads new comics outside Bill's Bullpen in Hollister on Free Comic Book Day. Photo by Noe Magaña.


A packed Bill’s Bullpen hosts Free Comic Book Day

Event included raffles and free pictures with superheroes. Video of the local celebration inside!

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


San Benito Stage Company Summer Camp registration now open

Highlights include dancing, singing and acting. Scholarship opportunities available.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Free Comic Book Day at Bill’s Bullpen

Thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the May 4 event.

Delana Lozano, 9, playing bean bag toss at the April 28 El Teatro Campesino Family Day fundraiser. Photo by Noe Magaña.


El Teatro Campesino holds Family Day fundraiser

Attendees enjoy food, music and games to support Artists in Schools program.

Folklorico Juvenil de Hollister performing on Dia De Los Niños at the San Benito County Free Library on April 30. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Dia de los Niños brings music and dancing to San Benito County Free Library

First local event treats kids to books and churros.

Fine art photographer Kirti Bassendine's exhibit was up for Arts Advocacy Day at the state capitol on April 23. Photo provided by Kirti Bassendine.


Local artist Kirti Bassendine exhibits in Sacramento

San Benito County fine art photographer helps introduce the homeless to the community by sharing their stories of instability and disruption.

John Grafton (left) and Joe Claus (right) stand next to the new kiosk for the San Juan Bautista Historic Walking Trail. Grafton came up with the idea to put the kiosk on a tree stump, while Claus crafted it. Photo by Noe Magaña.

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New kiosk and maps help visitors to SJB Historic Walking Trail

Future plans include audio tours.

Students in a JMM Dance Co. class. Photo provided by JMM Dance Co.


JMM Dance Co. to offer inclusive and bilingual summer camps

Nonprofit dance group seeks high school volunteers and additional funding, including a camp t-shirt sponsor.

An artist rendering of the Wave Bench by Randolph Colosky planned to be installed at Dunne Park. Photo provided by San Benito Arts Council.


Dunne Park getting new benches with artistic twist

Projects are aimed at attracting residents to the grounds while deterring homeless sleepers and vandalism.