Supporting Wildfire Relief Efforts in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties

In November 2018, Southern California again faced one of the worst wildfires when the Woolsey Fire tore through the region.  A combined estimated 11 million people live in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, two of the most populous and dense counties in Southern California.

Led by Charles Annenberg Weingarten and his team, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten joined other fellow Annenberg Foundation Directors,  pledging to support the recovery efforts in the region by donating to the United Way of Ventura County, who are leaders in the recovery efforts.  Learn more at United Way of Ventura County.

This December: Support Holiday Toy Drives Led by Watts Organizations

GRoW is proud to support the work of leaders in the Watts community who are organizing toy and food drives over the holidays.  To learn more about supporting these organizations- Loving Hands Community Care, East Side Riders Bike Club, and We Care Outreach Ministries – please visit their websites or social media pages: Loving Hands, East Side Riders and We Care Outreach.

November 29: American Cinematheque Honors Bradley Cooper

On November 29, American Cinematheque will host its 32nd annual awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  This year, the American Cinematheque Award will be presented to 2018 Honoree Bradley Cooper.  Funds raised during this evening will support American Cinematheque’s expansive public programming at the Aero and Egyptian Theatres, where the organization celebrates film across history, genres, and cultures.  Learn more about American Cinematheque.

Opening November 17: LA Opera presents Hansel and Gretel

LA Opera showcases the beloved fairy tale production of Hansel and Gretel, runningNovember 17 through December 15.  In this operatic rendition of the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, esteemed performer Susan Graham takes the stage surrounded by elaborate sets and 12-foot creatures.  Learn more about LA Opera here.

November 1 – Walter Annenberg Lecture: Kara Walker at the Whitney

(Press Release | Whitney Museum of American Art)

Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence using historical images and forms. For the 2018 Walter Annenberg Lecture, Walker speaks about her practice and how art can address the ongoing legacy of slavery in contemporary American life. She will be joined in conversation by Adam D. Weinberg, the Museum’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. Tickets are required ($20 adults; $15 for members, students, seniors, and visitors with disabilities).


November 16 – Covenant House Leads National Sleep Out America to Support Homeless Youth

On November 16th, 2018, Covenant House will host its annual Sleep Out America program in support of homeless youth.  Each year, thousands of participants across the country fundraise and spend one night outdoors, so that homeless youth don’t have to.  Funds raised during this night of solidarity go directly towards Covenant House’s street outreach, residential programs, and community services, which impacted the lives of over 80,000 youth in 2017.  To learn more about participating in Sleep Out America 2018, visit Sleep Out America.

Learn more about Covenant House.

October 7 – GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON series at the New York Philharmonic

October 7th marks the beginning of the three-part GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON series at the New York Philharmonic to be performed by musicians from the NY Philharmonic at The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center. The series – comprised of three chamber concerts on October 7, 2018, January 27, 2019, and June 2, 2019 – showcases contemporary chamber repertoire.  The first concert of the series is entitled “Going Dutch” and explores Dutch composer Louis Andriessen; the second concert, “Threads”, focuses on the experiences of New York immigrants; “Response”, the third and final concert, illuminates composers’ ruminations on social conflict and sociopolitical events.

Learn more about New York Philharmonic.

Les Talens Lyriques Brings French Baroque to LA Opera

On October 11, 2018, LA Opera Off Grand will perform an intimate concert by the renowned French Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, led by its founder Christophe Rousset (pictured, left). This concert will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of composer François Couperin, one of the greatest masters of French Baroque music. The performance will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 11, at Zipper Hall, located on the campus of The Colburn School. You can purchase tickets here.

Learn more about Les Talens Lyrique and LA Opera.

Opening October 19th: The Skirball Presents Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

From October 19, 2018 through March 10, 2019, the exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be open to the public at the Skirball Cultural Center. The exhibition is named after and based on Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik’s bestselling book of the same title. It will trace Justice Ginsburg’s life and career as the second woman to sit on the Supreme Court and a fierce advocate of civil rights expansions.

Learn more about Skirball Cultural Center.


42nd Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival on September 30th

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.