The FAME Visiting Artist Program invites renowned professional artists to be a part of our annual FAME Festival and to visit area schools bringing their talents into the class room. Each artist is selected from a variety of artistic disciplines creating work that relates to the annual cultural focus of FAME. For 2021-2022 FAME’s theme is “Jazz Age in North America”. In normal years, these artists visit classrooms to provide presentations and hands-on activities at local FAME member schools. This year Visiting Artists is Matthew Gollub.
Matthew Gollub is a multi-talented author and speaker. He has produced 20 picture books, which have garnered dozens of national awards and distinctions. His movin’, grovin’ jazz Fly books with audio (including Jazz Fly 3: the Caribbbean Sea) feature his narrations set to jazz music. Other popular books he’ written take place in Mexico and Japan where he has also lived.
A dynamic drummer and bilingual (English/Spanish) presenter, he has performed at over 1,000 elementary schools across the U.S. and abroad, inspiring students and families to read for fun. He speaks English, Spanish, Japanese and “jazz”. (He even learned a bit of French for Jazz Fly 3!). Speaking different languages helps him connect with diverse audiences – and with the illustrators and musicians with whom he collaborates on his children’s book about jazz.
“Language, rhythm, color, life” is his primary philosophy that guides his creative work. When he’s not publishing books or delivering live talks, he loves reading, traveling, jazz drumming and sports. “Chasing bouncing balls” could be his mantra when playing tennis and basketball.
He lives with his family in North California, about an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge.