Currently on Center Theatre Groups Student Ambassador program there are many things i have learned and we have been planning a summit but not just any summit, this summit that my arts advocacy group and i have been planning since November is to let students know that they should have access to the Arts in there schools!!!
We will be doing a mix of workshops including a zine making workshop followed by where the arts really are in your community and/or school district! There is much more but your going to have to find out for yourself! Here are the details!
For more information, contact Felipe Sanchez at 213.972.7587 or StudentBody@CenterTheatreGroup.org. Schools or organizations are welcome to bring groups of students to this event. All workshops are teens-only.
CTG has taught me a lot whether it be about Theatre, Social Skills, Activism, Leadership, Communication skills and MUCH more!
Following in the footsteps of Mayor Eric Garcetti who recited Shakespeare for LA Drama Club’s last fundraiser, celebrated Hollywood actors will soon take the stage opposite the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare troupe on April 15 to launch the 10th season of the Los Angeles Drama Clubbi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A.
For the kick-off VIP Party, children, ages 7-17, from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform a light show, opposite distinguished actors, Royal Shakespeare Co member, Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from the Shakespeare’s plays. Guests will enjoy music, food, drinks and table-side Shakespeare.
The Shakespeare Youth Fest, LA runs from April 16-May 5 andcoincides this year with the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays headlined feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness…
The historic and picturesque Club Fais Do Do in West Adams will open the Festival with Shakespeare’s
Comedy of Errors and close with the epic Pericles at Club Fais Do Do. “Pericles showcases some of our
newest Mid-City actors who are having a great adventure exploring the world and portraying kings and
queens, sorcerers, evil guardians, a long-lost child, pirates and a mermaid,” comments Co-Artistic
Director Julia Walker Wyson. She goes on to state, “Young actors have been gathering from across the
city for 10 years to experience the magnificent language and timeless themes of Shakespeare. It is so
gratifying to see new students develop a passion for Shakespeare and theater. You will be amazed at what
a child can accomplish when you remove the limits!”
The Club Fais Do Do performances showcase LADC’s Shakespeare in the City program. Started in the Mid-City West Adams area in 2011, Shakespeare in the City offers free/low-cost classes, summer camps, and performances to the community. “We are so grateful to the neighborhood councils for welcoming and supporting Shakespeare in the City,” says Larsen, a Mid-City resident. “MINC was the first neighborhood council to offer its support, and they have been invaluable to the growth of our programs.”
WHO: Hollywood Celebs take the stage with the Country’s Youngest Shakespeare Troupe
Event sponsors are: Showtime Networks, Lyric Theatre, Voila Studio and Danielle & Ernie Del.
The festival is an officially recognized event in 2016 of BritWeek (www.britweek.org). Funded through grants and donations, Los Angeles Drama Club is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the MidCity Neighborhood Council (MINC).
About Los Angeles Drama Club:
Launched in 2004, the Los Angeles Drama Club (LADC), an award-winning, Los Angeles-based youth arts and literacy organization, creates the opportunity for young people to experience exceptional artistic experiences – immersed in the works of Shakespeare – in their own communities and neighborhoods. More than 100 children, many of them from underserved communities and some with handicaps, travel from across Los Angeles to participate in and stage five to six full productions each year. The troupe also brings the Bard to senior centers, libraries and public spaces. LADC’s arts programs have earned recognition as a PBS Community Champion and a top rating from Great Non-Profits.
Whats in all clothing stores is not even a 3rd of the clothes worldwide
Fashion, Clothes, Following Trends and buying clothes at the mall are Vital to the assumption of a stereotypical teen. But hey this isn’t just about us teens. People in general today follow trends or go out and buy a brand new t shirt or skirt without thinking where it came from.
Before the term Thrift shopping was brought to many’s attention as ‘Cool’ and ‘Chic’. All my life my and my family’s clothes have been from thrift shops, garage sales or hand me downs, this is simply because we can’t afford the price of clothes from say a H&M, Forever 21, Ross etc. Clothing stores like those that are usually Chains and have A lot of $$. But after doing some Research and watching the Documentary “The True Cost” I must say after doing my research i was glad to say that my family aren’t consumers Corporate stores like those.
What i found out was astonishing, Mind Blowing. How did people not know about this! Firstly, how much were Blinded from what’s going on in these cramped cement like slums of dirty broken factories in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and much more all around the world. The conditions are so poor that many have died for example in the Collapse of a Garment factory building in Bangladesh a couple years ago because the building was in such bad shape and the workers had informed their owner many times that the walls were cracking open and tilting yet the Owner did not do anything at all which resulted in this tragic happening. But this isn’t the first. Many incidents like these have occurred before.
Women, Men and Children all working non stop for less than 70$ a month. This is because of the Worker protests causing deaths and injuries that went on after what had happened at Rana Plaza. Before it was about 30$ a month. Yet many have to wait months for their paycheck. When the electricity goes out in the building it means that the workers can not work which means that they have to work longer and harder hours using a manual machine and if they can’t complete their work in time the job will be given to someone else.
What i found out is that whenever we see a sale for clothes such as 2 for 1 or 50% OFF the laborers in the factories are getting told by the owner to Sew faster! Stitch faster! Stressing them out so much. Yet in this case it may not be the Owner’s Choice Because they’re being told by some company overseas such as America or Europe that they want it fast and now!
What makes me mad is that some Companies know about what’s going on in the factories but don’t know the conditions are that horrific. When some do know yet turn a blind eye when they are questioned about it. It upsets me how much America and the UK are part of this consumers of these brands should be well informed of where and how it came from.
I hope you make the right Decision the next time you see that pair of jeans at old navy or leggings at lulu lemon think for about where it came from and do you really want to be a part of that? Or do you want to be the one who informs your friends about their clothing and start a trend to make your own!
Recently i had the great opportunity to write an article about what its like to be a young activist and interview some fellow activists my age for the Larchmont Chronicle magazine (which serves the areas of Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Park La Brea, Larchmont Village and Miracle Mile) http://larchmontchronicle.com/
My interest in activism started early—I was only five when I attended the “Day Without Immigrants” march in 2006—but I was interested in what it means to other students my age. So I sat down with Heavlynne Richard, 14, and Jordan Cain, 15, to interview them on the topic.
I started by asking them what social issues currently have their attention.
“Definitely racism, feminism and LGBT issues,” says Jordan, who is a student at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
“For me,” says Heavlynne, “it’s Black Lives Matter! Racism is prevalent, and my family and I have experienced it directly.”
Heavlynne says her brothers have complained about racial profiling while they’re out with friends, and her father too: “Why do police pull over my dad—a security guard—when he did nothing wrong?” she complains.
I next asked them if they felt people take their activism seriously, being only 14 and 15 years old.
“Well, look what happened today,” says Jordan. “We made signs for the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, which read ‘No Justice, No Peace’ and ‘Black Lives Matter.’ We held them up as we walked through the streets of L.A. and I was amazed by the response. Some yelled back ‘all lives matter’ while others gave us a thumbs up.”
Heavlynne says she recently attended West Adams Neighborhood Council’s “Storied Streets” screening and discussion on homelessness and was surprised by what she found.
“I learned there are myths about the homeless. People assume if someone is homeless it’s their fault. But the lack of affordable housing is the main reason. There are many homeless with college degrees, or veterans. Some worked all their life and had everything taken.”
“Then people shame them,” said Jordan, “by telling them to ‘just go to a shelter.’”
“Yes! But the thing is,” says Heavlynne, “those shelters are crammed! There are some who inflict cruelty on the homeless and then go post about it on social media; but tomorrow, those bullies could be in the same situation.”
The three of us chat for more than 40 minutes, and I leave feeling encouraged.
For me, activism is important because it helps people recognize what is going on in the world, and makes many topics public. This is our planet, and in order to make it a better place we need to get our hands dirty, whatever that means to you.
Because that’s what activism means to me: to be a part of the change you look for, not just the change you hope for.
Let’s keep making this world a better place.
Larsen, 15, is a student at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and is a self-proclaimed adolescent activist. Raised alongside her family business (an arts non-profit for youth), Lily serves on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, helping to spread awareness for worthy causes. Her petition to end factory animal farming has garnered more than 15,000 signatures. You can follow Lily at adolescentactivist.com.
My first project as an activist began in kindergarten. The Million Man March happened up the street from my house – suddenly this wash of marchers in white t-shirts came up Wilshire Boulevard – I saw it from my Dad’s shoulders. It was like a wave….
I asked my parents what was happening. They told me that people were marching peacefully to say that they wanted to see changes in the way things were for them, their families, and their children. I wanted to know more about my neighbors from Mexico, South and Central South America.
At the ripe age of 5, I decided to interview people in my neighborhood who had emigrated to Los Angeles in their lifetime. I wanted to know what their stories were, and they were happy to talk to me and my mom.
Here are their stories:
Coffee House owner, Olvera Street
I was born in the city of Los Angeles,at the Los Angeles Hopspital which doesn’t exist anymore.
My father came from Guadalajara in the 1920s. They lived in a hacienda. My grandfather was an accountant estate for ranches during the Revolution. He knew he had to protect what he knew he to protect what we knew. He became at exporter.
My father became a citizen in Italy in the back of a truck in WW 2; FDR gave him his citizenship because he fought for the U.S. – this is how we became a U.S. citizen, so it’s ironic when people say all Mexicans came here illegally or jumped the border guard. That isn’t always the case.
What is unique and exciting about my community is that we are the majority now. I have confronted racism and ignorance and heard people say “Go back to Mexico” and my response to that would be that if you’re saying that, you need to do your homework and know the history of this area – because clearly—if you’re saying that, you don’t!
I don’t agree with the “Chicano” movement; I didn’t relate to it because they proclaim peace but the way they go about it, to me, isn’t working.
I have never been to my parents home in Guadalajara. I grew up in San Marino, CA.
waiter, Olvera Street
My name is Santiago. I am a waiter in Olvera Street.
and I came from Mexico City. Our house was adobe with Spanish Tile. I was here since 1986.
My favorite food is mole. I come from the mountains, like here.I was 17 hours walking here. I was alone, no amigos.
People must understand there is always a very good reason we would need to walk 17 hours, leaving our families behind to come to a strange place and take any job we can. We don’t wake up and decide this. If we want to help our families, this is the sacrifice.
I like the quality of life here, it’s better I miss my family the most.
I have no family here.
clerk in store downtown.
I was born in Sinaloa, the village is called Los Mochis. We moved here when I was 6 years old. . In Sinaloa, a train track was close to my house and the street was dirt and rocks.
The education here was why my parents moved us. We moved for the economy and for us to have a better life.
We all came together across the border. I remember running a lot in Tijuana. One time we almost died. There were rats and my brother got bit. But we made it here and we were so happy.
My culture is conservative; other cultures are more liberal.
My favorite food from where I grew up were the mangoes.
My name is Miguel. I came from Juanajuato. The sierras are green and a lot of water, the earth has much rain.
The economy is difficult, my family didn’t have shoes. The house was made of adobe with blocks – red color, hard ot make money.
There was no work. We starved a lot.
For 18 hours I walked to Rumorosa. It was difficult. Ten years ago. At times I worked and times I didn’t work. I was alone coming here, no friends. Now here I have a little friends.
My favorite food is Posole – mas fresca in Juanajuato. I like California. I am glad to be here. I miss my mother. She cries for me to come home, but she knows I can earn better wages here and it will help. I just want to help my family.
I never got the name of this Man
Although, I wish i had.
I am so grateful to have met these hardworking people and learn about them. I wish them all the best! Its been a decade since i have seen them!