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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!

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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:

GAMES
FACE PAINTING
HEALTHY SNACK MAKING
ARTS & CRAFTS
FREE GIVEAWAYS
AND MORE!

 

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!

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:
http://www.arrestedmotion.com/2011/02/studio-visits-james-jean-rebus-martha-otero/

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:
http://www.thecentersouthla.bigcartel.com/product/bat

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?

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

Two Fun Events

A great South Los Angeles group CSU (Community Services Unlimited) is having two awesome events in November. If you remember these are the amazing folks that put on the South LA Earth day every year. (We had an artsy booth at this years!) If you’re looking for locally grown organic produce you can sign up with CSU and for an incredibly reasonable fee, pick up a bag weekly. It’s the best. Read more about it at : csuinc.org And now the events!

 

Friday, November 12th : 6pm to 8pm.
Caribbean Cuisine Food Party!
featuring Kamilche Sea Farms Mussels
Hosted by Shema Muhuga, a friend of CSU at his Playa Del Rey residence, this food party will feature the mouthwatering flavors of the Caribbean. Soca and Calypso will be the music playing for the evening along with video footage from the October 2010 Los Angeles Carnival and the February 2010 Trinidad and Tobago carnival. As always local seasonal produce will be highlighted, but a special item for this evening will be a treat for sea food lovers. Kamilche Sea Farms has been farming mussels in the Puget Sound since 1981 and since 1986 has specialized in the culture of the premium Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis).  These mussels, common to Spain, are believed to have been brought over to the Pacific centuries ago on the bottoms of Spanish Galleons.  Today Kamilche Sea Farms grows these mussels starting with premium hatchery seed.  Suspended from long lines in the rich deep waters of the Puget Sound, a premium mussel is ready for harvest in less than a year. Kamilche Sea Farms’ growing waters, in Totten Inlet, have been state certified since 1926. This bay is designated by the Washington Department of Ecology as a “Unique Growing Area” due to its pristine waters and high shellfish productivity. Strict watershed protection measures ensure that it will remain pure for generations to come. A huge thank you to Kamilche Sea Farms for the donation of the mussels for this Food Party, we encourage you to check out http://www.kamilcheseafarms.com and support those businesses that support sustainable communities. A detailed menu and address for the event will be sent to those that RSVP, but you can be sure to get home cooked gourmet food, featuring locally grown and beyond organic produce, at an incredible price of $20.00, along with great company and the knowledge that your dollars are supporting a great cause.
Spaces are limited, so RSVP soon to Dyanep1@csuinc.org or call 323 299 7075.


Saturday, November 13th : 9am to 1pm.
Garden Gateway Workshop Series
Planting to Amend Soil + Healthy Greens
EXPO Center/CSU Urban Farm, corner of King and Bill Robertson Lane (formerly Menlo Ave), 3980 S. Bill Robertson Lane., LA, CA 90037, next door to the senior center, enter from Bill Robertson Lane. Garden Gateway Project Workshop Series takes place on the 2nd Saturday of every month. The Community Gateway to Building Food Self-Reliance –  Free Gardening, Nutrition and Cooking Workshop! In partnership with: The EXPO Center, UNO and USC Keck School of Medicine Childhood Obesity Research Center.
To RSVP call 323 299 7075
and please be prepared to attend the entire workshop.  Download flier at http://www.csuinc.org

Everyone loves the library!


Well, at least I always have. The library was always a special magical place for me growing up. I loved (and still love!) books.

Raising the funds to build The Center is tough. And has taken a lot longer than I ever thought. Maybe it’s the times, maybe I had much shorter than realistic time-line, either way it’s become clear to the group that we needed to make some shorter term goals.

It was in a board meeting that Aaron made the statement “I just want to start.” And that’s become our new mantra.  In this city, where there are so many people with disposable income you never really know what will happen. People could get interested and we could have the money in a couple months, or it could be slow going and take years. We have vision and direction to build a center for the arts in South Los Angeles. A true center for the arts with a 60 seat theater for events and performances, a silkscreening studio, a dance studio, etc.. but the fact is it could take years to get our dream space.

Which begs the question, what do we do? Well, in the words of Aaron, we start.

So we’re looking into places like the public libraries, schools, etc… Places that have space we could use to teach art classes out of. It’s exciting and disappointing at the same time. It’s disappointing, because it severely limits all the awesome classes we want to offer. It’s exciting because we are living our mission statement.

“…to inspire and educate young people in the community through unique classes in the arts…”

Art should be accessible to everyone, and we will be doing just that.

I was dropping off a book at the Vermont Square Library (See the photo above of the beautiful space surrounded by an equally beautiful park.) And thought, hey while I’m here it would be a good chance to talk to them. Aaron had emailed them previously, but as we’ve found, emails so often get lost in the shuffle or the dreaded spam filter.

The librarians were super nice. AND they have an AWESOME community space in their building. It even has a sink in the room which allows us to do painting and other sink-necessary classes.

Because it’s a city owned space there are a lot of rules, which they’re looking into. The next steps on our side, is deciding what we can do that is appropriate in the space. (It’s like you’re coming into someone else’s house and you want to be respectful and considerate.) Maybe we do one or two Saturday classes to learn how to work well together and then build from there. Maybe we try and do art classes that have a tie-in with cool books. There’s a lot to figure out. We’ll be deciding our next board meeting.

Very positive news. At the very least, two art classes would up the art in the area, basically by 200%. That’s the part we need to remember, every little bit helps. Everything has a positive impact.

P.S. You can always donate so we have the funds to pay for art supplies and a building of our very own.

-Jess