Make and decorate a Kite!

Come on out for South LA Earth Day 2012! You can make and decorate your very own kite with us. We’ll also be testing out two different easels for our new Art In The Park program. Image

It’ll be fun!


Play Day, This Saturday!

The Center : South LA has been invited to bring the art for Best Start, First 5 LA’s awesome play day in the park! Come out this Saturday the 25th and enjoy:



Fun fun fun!!!


Click here for the flyer: PlayDay Flyer_English
And here for the Spanish version (Español) PlayDay Flyer_Spanish 

Saturday, June 25, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Helen Keller Park, 1045 W. 126th Street, Los Angeles, 90044

We have a really fun art project for this event. So come on out, and bring your youngest kids!

Dia De Los Niños / Childrens Day

Photo by Patty Courtland

Come and join us at the park that kids built! There’s a great Dia De Los Niños / Childrens Day event going on organized by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and we’ll be providing the art project.

Come out and have your child (or you!) create your own book. Tell your story, your favorite things, your goals and dreams.

This is the park that children built. Literally. In 1982, a garbage-strewn lot in South Los Angeles was converted into an oasis of open space in a neighborhood that had none. The effort was led by a group of fifth- and sixth-graders and their teachers at Norwood Street Elementary School.

See the event on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=207174035969374

When: Sunday, May 1
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Estrella Park—(South LA, North University Park)
1956 Estrella Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

And just for fun you can read more about the park here:

James Jean, amazing artist and supporter of art.

James Jean

The amazing artist James Jean (who designed an “I Art LA” tee for us) was interviewed for a really great article. It even has photos of his studio and artwork! Check it out here:

His “I Art LA” tee is one of our best selling and has paid for a lot of art supplies!

Buy one yourself and support art and the youth of LA!!!

Here’s a straight link to his t-shirt:

Look how easy we made it for you!

Valentine’s Day was Awesome!

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We had such a great time at EXPO Center’s Valentine’s Day Dance. The nice people there had a table and chairs and everything all set up for us. With balloons!

The youth made awesome Valentines day cards for their mothers, fathers, crushes, friends and family. There were a couple kids that didn’t even dance, they stayed outside making cards the whole time! And they were some really creative kids!

Even our volunteers got in on the action and made a few cards of their own.

What a fun night. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

EXPO Center is having a Valentine’s Day Dance this for the youth (ages 10-17) this Friday February 11th, 2011. From 7pm-9pm. There will be games, music, food, and US! Making Valentine’s day cards. Come out and get crafty with us! We picked up some really cool paper, stickers, and metallic pens that we’re all looking forward to using.

Valentines themed hearts, skulls and crossbones paper for the older kids, how cool is that?

Date: February 11, 2011
Time: 7pm-9pm
Ages: 10-17
Place: Multi Purpose Room
Address: 3980 Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Empowerment Congress Summit Tomorrow!

We’re all signed up for the Empowerment Congress Summit Tomorrow. This comes at a perfect time. Remember the blog post Art Reduces Crime. And More!, now we’ll have a chance to talk with people in person about this very subject.

Here’s the workshop Jess signed up for:

Beyond Incarceration: Envisioning a New Probation Department. Los Angeles County runs the largest probation department in the world, with over 2000 youth housed in 18 probation camps and 2 juvenile halls at any given point in time. With a cost per probationer of over $7500 a month, an average camp stay of four and half months, and a recidivism rate between 50-75%, many have challenged the effectiveness of the existing system. Led by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, many organizations have called for a consent decree to require Federal oversight over probation camp reform. In addition, the progressive alternative models that are being implemented around the nation provide resources and examples of what the Los Angeles County Probation Department should aspire to. This panel will explore these alternative models and discuss how Los Angeles County can best move forward with reform.

The plan is to print out the blog post, as well as other statistical information Jess has gathered. We’ll let you know how it goes!

More info about the summit below.

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