It’ll be fun!
It’ll be fun!
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: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=inbox&setup#!/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: http://www.communityworksinstitute.org/cwjonline/articles/parkkidsbuilt/parkkidsbuilt.html
Last week I met with Leni from the LA Philharmonic. She is so nice. We were email introduced by Terence from LA Stage Alliance. She had seen our viral video, and asked him about the project.
The LA Phil is doing this really neat program right now called YOLA. Their vision is to build youth orchestras in ‘underserved communities’. Right up our alley. When we get a building *ah the magic phrase* then this program has additional space to offer classes. How cool is that? You can read more about The LA Phil program here: link
So, in meeting with Leni she pointed out something we’ve come to realize, a lot of starting non-profits have a business partner. There’s usually the creative team and then someone with more of a real estate background who has a lot more of the connections to funding.
It’s not impossible to do this without one, but it really does help. Inner City Arts had a similar set-up when they started. The founders were Bob Bates (Co-Founder and still Artistic Director) and Irwin J. Jaeger (Co Founder). Bob was the professional artist and Irwin was the business guy with real estate experience. There’s even a quote on their website
“You pay the bills and I’ll teach the classes.”
Bob Bates to Irv Jaeger
Inner-City Arts Co Founders, 1989
So we’re keeping our eyes out. If anyone out there has this kind of experience and would like to help, please let us know.
I’m going to be meeting with Bob Bates of Inner-City Arts tomorrow and am super excited. The set-up of Inner-City Arts is very similar to what we’re going for. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to talk to an individual who has founder and continuing experience of a successful arts center.
Yesterday I met with Terence McFarland, the Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance to talk leases, buildings, and arts structure in general. They’re in an amazing building in downtown LA. It use to be an old firehouse! In the room we met in Terence pointed out the circular depression you could still see in the carpet from where the fireman pole use to be. Fun!
Terence was such a nice guy as well as very helpful. He gave us a couple pointers and a list of a few other arts centers in Los Angeles that we should talk to. We’ll definitely follow up on that list. This is how you build big things. By talking to other folks that are doing it, learning and sharing knowledge.