“ I wanted to celebrate all the different cultures that are part of Stockton and I wanted a way to intersect art, theater, music and the community, and this is what we came up with,” said Cathie McClellan, Chair of the Theater Arts Department of the University of Pacific and also author of the Delta Fusion concept.
“A fusion of the arts, the fusion of the cultures, the fusion of nature and people and all things working together is what makes us who we are” said McClellan.
The Potato King and the Tomato Queen, two of the main characters at the event, represented the success of the two San Joaquin natives, George Shima and Tilllie Lewis. Both have been influential personalities in San Joaquin and San Joaquin Delta College has named two buidings after each one of them two.
The event concluded a five week workshop sponsored by the collaboration of Joanna Albala, Brett DeBoer, the Haggin Museum, the Cultural Heritage Society of San Joaquin County and the National Endowment for the Arts.