Simon Rodia Sculpture to be Unveiled at 42nd Annual Watts Towers Jazz Festival

In 2018, GRoW commissioned the creation of a sculpture of Simon Rodia by Watts Towers Arts Center artist-in-residence Charles Dickson.  Simon Rodia constructed the Watts Towers over the course of 33 years, and the sculpture of him will be displayed on the grounds of the Towers.  The sculpture will be unveiled in September at the 42nd Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival, which GRoW is also supporting.  The Jazz Festival is the only free event of its kind in Los Angeles, and each year it welcomes performances by musicians who have a personal connection to Watts. Learn more about Watts Towers Arts Center.

GRoW Sponsors Watts Leadership Institute’s Black Panther Screening & Summer Celebration

GRoW will sponsor a day of educational programming and celebration, in honor of the UCLA Watts Leadership Institute (WLI).  On August 11, 2018, 150 Watts community members will travel across Los Angeles to American Cinematheque’s historic Aero Theater in Santa Monica for a 3D screening of Disney’s Black Panther.  Following the screening, community members will participate in a Q&A session with Jeffrey Byrd, former Co-Chair of the African American Steering Committee (AASC) of the DGA and current AASC Director Category Representative.  Later that evening, 150 community leaders, philanthropists, academics, and entrepreneurs will attend a celebration at the Annenberg Community Beach House to recognize the critical work of WLI and their inaugural cohort. Learn more about WLI.

SAMO Youth Mentor Program Celebrates Summer in the Parks

On August 9, 2018, the National Park Foundation will team up with the Santa Monica Mountains (SAMO) Fund to host a graduation ceremony for participants of the SAMO Youth Mentor Program. At the graduation, high school students will celebrate the end of their summer work at the Santa Monica Mountains, where they completed a hands-on, educational, and eye-opening mentorship program. Throughout the course of the program, students learn about the National Park Service’s mission, values, and operations. The program employs students for two consecutive summers, which provides a direct connection to potential future internships and jobs. Learn more about National Park Foundation.

GRoW and Quincy Jones Partner to Send UCLA Student to Montreux Jazz Festival

GRoW @ Annenberg partnered with the Quincy Jones Foundation to arrange for a UCLA Herb Albert School of Music student to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival this summer. This year, Gregory went to Mr. Jones’s home to surprise senior Jade Elliot (pictured on the left, with Regina and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Quincy Jones), informing her that she received a paid trip to Switzerland to perform on the main stage. The festival ran June 29 – July 14, 2018. Learn more about Montreux Jazz Festival.

Through November 4 at the V&A: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up

On June 16, 2018, Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up, opened at the V&A. This exhibit is aimed at illuminating the fascinating life of one of the world’s most famous artists and will display more than 200 objects which have never before been shown outside of Mexico. Through the items in her wardrobe, her personal accessories, make-up and Kahlo’s paintings of her own clothing, the V&A will provide a unique, never before seen perspective of her life, over 60 years after her death. Learn more about V&A.

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The Watts Towers Arts Center’s Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles

The Watts Towers Arts Center exhibit Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles was curated by UCLA Senior Lecturer Paul Von Blum and Watts Towers Director and Artist-In-Residence, Rosie Lee Hooks. Creative Souls strives to spotlight the work of deeply talented and multi-dimensional African American artists living in the greater Los Angeles area. Learn more about The Watts Towers Art Center.

Now Open: Memorials for Justice & Remembrance founded by Bryan Stevenson

On April 26, 2018, Equal Justice Initiative opened both the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. The institutions are located minutes away from each other in Montgomery, Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is the first of its kind –  dedicated to victims of lynching and public torture throughout America’s complex and challenging history. The Legacy Museum is an in-depth exploration of the history of racial violence, segregation, slavery, and modern mass incarceration. The Museum itself is constructed on the former site of one of America’s largest slave markets, where structures for warehousing and transporting slaves once stood. Learn more about Equal Justice Initiative.

Paris Opera Brings Tchaikovsky to Life

On May 15, 2018, the Paris National Opera conducted the final concert of a three-part series featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies for the 2017-2018 Season.  Led by Maestro Philippe Jordan, each performance was unique from the others and performed at the Paris Philharmonic. GRoW is proud to have supported the recordings of these world renowned symphonies. Listen to the recordings and learn more about Paris Opera.

11th Annual Loving Hands Mother’s Day Luncheon Supports Grieving Mothers in L.A.

On May 12, 2018, Loving Hands will host their annual Mother’s Day Healing Luncheon. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event. Every year since its founding, Kathy Wooten’s organization has hosted this Luncheon to provide comfort to bereaved mothers during a painful holiday. Over the course of the day, the mothers are pampered, inspired, and most importantly, supported by a wider community of women who have also experienced the loss of a child. Through listening to speakers, participating in dialogues, and attending artistic performances, these mothers are given a space to openly grieve, remember their loved ones and imagine a way forward. By reminding mothers that they aren’t alone, Loving Hands strives to transform Mother’s Day from a day of unthinkable grief to one of support and healing. Learn more about Loving Hands Community Care.

LA Opera’s 2nd Annual Art Poster Contest – Winners Announced

LA Opera held their  2nd annual art poster contest for college arts and design students in Southern California. Students were invited to submit original artwork reflecting the Opera’s spring production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. The winning submission was featured on the cover of the show’s performance program and displayed at the home of LA Opera, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In addition, this year LACHSA participated in the contest as the first high school in the Los Angeles County to do so. Every student who submitted his/her entry received tickets to the performance and winners were invited to attend opening night and the cast supper after the show. Learn more about LA Opera.

Art pictured is by first place winner, Benjamin Macias. Read more about the contest on LA Opera’s blog.

LA Opera’s Rigoletto

LA Opera’s Rigoletto runs, May 12 – June 3, 2018. The production includes staging by Tony Award-winning artistic director Mark Lamos and features powerfully striking period costumes. In conjunction with the production, GRoW is proud to be part of LA Opera’s second annual poster design contest for art students attending SoCal colleges and universities. Learn more about LA Opera.

Los Angeles Artadia Award Winners Announced

Artadia is pleased to announce the Awardees for the 2018 Los Angeles Artadia Awards: EJ Hill and Clarissa Tossin. As the 2018 Los Angeles Artadia Awardees, Hill and Tossin will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds as well as access to the ongoing benefits of the Artadia Awards program. Applications for the Awards were open to any visual artist living in Los Angeles County, for over two years, working in any medium and at any stage of their career. This is Artadia’s fourth year providing unrestricted Awards to artists in Los Angeles. Learn more about Artadia.

A Spotlight on Female Artistry

The National Museum of Women in the Arts’s latest exhibit, Women House, opens to the public on March 9 and runs through May 28, 2018. Women House explores six key themes in accordance with the museum’s mission: Bodyhouse, Body Configuration, Casting the Space, Desperate Housewife, Dollhouse, and Nomad. According to NMWA, “Women House forms a sequel to the famous project Womanhouse, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. The artists and their students at the California Institute of the Arts transformed a dilapidated Hollywood mansion with works that disrupted conventional ideas about the home as a feminine space. It attracted thousands of visitors and national media attention. A landmark exhibition in art history, Womanhouse is the first female-centered art installation to appear in the Western world.” Learn more about National Museum of Women in the Arts.

We Care Outreach Ministries Keeps the Dream Alive

Michael Cummings, founder of We Care Outreach Ministries, recently hosted a group of fifth graders from Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School in Watts for this full day program meant to orient them in the next steps for their education. They first visited the local middle school and high school, where they met with leaders and with administrators.  Following those visits, they toured the UCLA campus, where they learned about UCLA’s campus itself, as well as widespread opportunities in higher education. Over the course of this inspirational program, students were exposed to the steps required to fulfill their dreams to pursue higher education. Learn more about We Care Outreach Ministries.

LA Opera Presents New Production of Orpheus & Eurydice

Derived from the ancient Greek myth, this opera depicts the story of Eurydice’s death and Orpheus’ heroic and tragic attempt to rescue her from the underworld, ruled by Hades. LA Opera’s production is particularly unique, in that it is co-produced by LA Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Hamburg Ballet – some of the most prestigious artistic institutions in the United States. Orpheus & Eurydice runs March 10 through 25 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Learn more about the LA Opera.

Educational Opportunities at PST: LA/LA

A global beacon for radical and ambitious projects, the Getty Foundation spearheaded the innovative artistic collaboration entitled Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, beginning in 2014. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA was a massive, in-depth collaboration between institutions across Southern California, which presented 70 different thematically linked exhibits between September 2017 and January 2018. These 70 exhibits uniquely paid homage to the distinctive impact of Latin American and Latino art, ideas, and culture on the development of Southern California. While the exhibits were predominantly visually artistic in nature, the involvement of institutions such as the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic offered an expansion beyond visual art into music, literature, performance, and cultural cuisine. The topics of such exhibits ranged from the pre-Columbian Americas all the way through space and history to modern day Southern California’s cultural, social, artistic, and political landscape. Learn more about the The Getty.

Supporting Thomas Fire Recovery Efforts

In December 2017, Southern California faced one of this country’s worst wildfires in recent history. Wildfires scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of land and displaced countless families in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

A combined estimated 11 million people live in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, two of the most populous and dense counties in Southern California. Although both areas are unfortunately familiar with annual wildfires instigated by a combination of dry Santa Ana winds and little precipitation, December 2017 proved to be an especially devastating month. On December 4, the Thomas Fire broke out in Ventura County and spread rapidly, scorching more than 270,000 acres over the course of two weeks. Its total damage is yet to be estimated. During the same week, the Creek Fire in Sylmar, the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita, and the Skirball Fire in Bel-Air spread throughout Los Angeles County. Learn more at United Way of Ventura County and Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Designing Their Future at LATTC

Each semester, The Gold Thimble Fashion Show provides graduating fashion students with an opportunity to design clothing, compete with fellow fashion students, and see their work on models walking down a real runway. The winning designers in each of seven categories are awarded the Gold Thimble Award for their creativity and skill.

Learn more about LATTC.

GRoW Fellow, Mira Nadon

The School of American Ballet announced that Mira Nadon (pictured above), SAB’s GRoW Fellow in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, was selected as an apprentice by New York City Ballet. She joined the company for the 2017 winter performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the David H. Koch Theater. Learn more about School of American Ballet.

At the V&A: Opera: Passion, Power, Politics

“Opera: Passion, Power and Politics” is a complex, multidisciplinary exhibit that constructs a comprehensive look at a nearly 400 year history of opera, from its conception in the late-Renaissance, through its explosive popularity in the 20th century, to the present day. This long history explores each of the varied components that go into creating operatic works of art. Specifically, it illuminates the layers of opera that go far beyond its musical beauty: from design, to fashion, to societal influence. “Opera: Passion, Power and Politics” opened on September 17, 2017 and runs through February 25, 2018. Learn more about the V&A Museum.