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Pandemic Pushes L.A. Arts Nonprofit, Dream A World Education, from Classroom to Television

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Dream A World Education, an LAUSD and Hawthorne School District provider of arts and social-emotional education working in areas of extreme poverty, has turned school closures into an opportunity to move their artists from classrooms to television and virtual recyclable programming.

This will fill a need beginning April 20 when students are depending on learning delivered into homes from now until the end of the school year. They are working with their 11 partner schools and teachers to make this happen.

"Beyond the need for the continuation of their academic education, there's a need for children's mental and emotional health that needs to be met, especially in the communities we serve," says Bunny Hull, Dream A World Education's Founder and Executive Director. "There's also a need for us to continue to support our artists who have been hard hit by this."

Secrets of the Heart TV features core national standards-based educational content which provides arts, language, culture and social-emotional learning for children 4-8. It's delivered by professional working artists, multicultural Teaching Artists, who have been left scrambling for work and have moved seamlessly from classroom to screen. This is programming that's not Wifi dependent for the 700,000 families across L.A. County who have no connection to the internet.

Episodes of Secrets of the Heart TV will be broadcast in Los Angeles starting April 20 on LA36 public access television, and through YouTube on their website. These are reusable tools that Dream A World Education is offering not only to the 4,000 students they normally serve, but making it available to anyone who can benefit. They are looking for additional television partners nationwide.

This is FREE programming which provides meaningful experiences and discussions to children and families at home. There is a lesson plan attached to each video, in English and Spanish. LA36 will air episodes multiple times a week beginning Monday, April 20, the official launch day.

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About Dream A World Education:

Dream A World Education is a 501(c)(3) which provides enrichment programs for children 4-8 and their families who live in poverty in Los Angeles. Bunny Hull founded Dream A World Education in 2008 after a long career in the arts as a professional dancer, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer, and award-winning children's author. "The Ripple Effect," a documentary short about the organization's work garnered an Emmy(R) nomination and a Global Impact Award in Washington, D.C. in 2019.

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Casa Romantica Shares the Beauty of Place in New Exhibit at John Wayne Airport

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, an award-winning southern California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, celebrated the opening of its new exhibit on display at John Wayne Airport on Saturday, February 8. "Our hope is that the 6 million people traveling through John Wayne Airport during the next several months will see the images in the exhibit and be encouraged to visit Casa Romantica in San Clemente," said Amy Behrens, Executive Director. "It is the convergence of art and place that makes Casa Romantica so unique."

The exhibit is located on the upper level of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal in the walkway between Terminal-B and Terminal-C, before security screening, and is visible to anyone traveling through the Airport through June 2020.

Casa Romantica past Executive Director Berenika Palys secured the exhibition for the institution. Palys, Behrens, and Board President Ruth DeNault presided over a private dedication ceremony with local officials on February 8 at the airport.

The exhibit features Casa Romantica's commissioned works and site-specific adaptations in the visual and performing arts that highlight its location perched atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well as its arts education programs for children and adults, at the historic Spanish Colonial Revival estate of San Clemente's City founder Ole Hanson.

Built in 1927, the Ole Hanson home, its gallery and 2.5 acres of botanical gardens are open to the public daily for self-guided or docent-led tours as well as private events. Visitors to Casa Romantica can enjoy wide-ranging cultural programming, including music, art, dance, theater, horticulture, and lecture series that bring international talent to south Orange County.

Free arts education programs for children are offered year-round, including its acclaimed Music Festival Academy, Summer Dance Workshop, STEAM-based field trips and more.

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CAPTION: Casa Romantica and City leaders pose in front of one of the panels of the exhibit at John Wayne Airport (Left to right: Ruth DeNault, Casa Romantica Board President; Bonnie Koch, Casa Romantica Board member; Amy Behrens, Casa Romantica Executive Director; Kathy Ward, City of San Clemente Councilmember.

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Second Annual Young Artist Showcase at Casita Maria in NYC: Bambula Re-remember

BRONX, N.Y. -- Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is proud to present Bambula/Re-remember, our 2nd Annual Young Artist Showcase! This multidisciplinary exhibition will include art created by participants in Casita Maria's after-school arts education program during the 2018 - 2019 academic year.

Families and community members are invited to our Family/Community Celebration with food and music by DJ Delaceiba on Thursday, March 28, 2019; 5:45 - 7 p.m., celebrating the opening of the exhibition, which will be on view March 28 - May 10, 2019.

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For this exhibition, the Young Artists of Casita Maria tapped into their ancestral legacies, including traditions from The Americas and Caribbean. Throughout the year, they have focused on the process of remembering these cultures and people through their artmaking.

Our word for this process originated in the Kongo, a former African kingdom located in West Central Africa, and is still heard among many of these cultures: Bambula, or re-remembering. The Young Artists have been remembering forgotten cultures by studying myths and legends as well as tapping into their rich art history.

"Bambula is a rhythm and dance in Bomba, [a traditional Puerto Rican dance form]. It's also a word found throughout the Caribbean and Latin America as well as parts of the US. The word is Kongo and it means 'to re-remember.' It's the process of reconnecting with one's collective ancestral unconscious in order to re-remember who one is in order to find peace and balance," says Alex Lasalle, Community Educator, and Musician.

Latin America and the Caribbean students are bringing back the forgotten world by focusing on art, symbolism, and culture. To re-REMEMBER where we come from and remember who we are.

"Casita Maria...teaches our kids' values, about art, about music, about drawing...these activities keep kids away from trouble and teach them to know how much more they can do through art and music - they can speak out through painting, they can find a voice through writing poems, they can express themselves through art...I feel safe when [my child is] here. [When] I am at work I know she's in good hands," says a Casita Maria Parent of Program Participant.

"For my daughter to be able to express her whole self through drawing, through writing, through poems and now with the piano, it's priceless and beautiful! She is learning and enjoying everything she does here...In here, she finds herself!" says Casita Maria Parent of Program Participant

"This exhibition is a community celebration of youth voice and youth choice," says Gail Heidel, Director of Creative Arts Programs.

"Art is healing, art inspires us, art helps us to feel resilient and alive. In this exhibit, Casita Maria Young Artists get to share what they can authentically create," says Vanessa Tricoche, Director of Programs.

Supported by NYC Department of Youth, Community Development and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.

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Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.

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College and Career Expo: Dream It and Be It!

BRONX, N.Y. -- Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is proud to present College & Career Expo: Dream It & Be It!

Thursday, March 22, 2019, 1 - 5 p.m.
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
928 Simpson St.
Bronx, NY 10459

The College & Career Expo offers students a chance to learn about higher education and careers they might be interested in. Representatives from several colleges will be present. They are eager to share their knowledge regarding the admissions process, and the joys and challenges of the college experience.

Additionally, career professionals will be on hand to provide expert guidance on potential career paths.

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education strives to provide young people with meaningful experiences that will enhance their college readiness, as well as the tools to shape their futures. We are happy to host this event for young people throughout the community.

To attend, register by Friday, March 15, 2019 for the College & Career Expo: Dream It & Be It! on our website:

Questions? Contact Santiago Grijalva, College Bound Coordinator, (718) 589-2230 ext. 6010

Supported by NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and The Charles Hayden Foundation.

Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages. Learn more:

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A Great Casita Maria Experience = 1 Workshop + 1 Performance in 1 Day!

BRONX, N.Y. -- Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, in partnership with Pregones Theater, is proud to present "We Have Ire," a free excerpt performance of the multi-disciplinary theater project, on March 9, 2019, 2 - 2:45 p.m. The performance combines spoken word and theater produced by Cuban-American writer, performer, Doris Duke; Artist and San Francisco resident Paul S. Flores; with live jazz music from artist Yosvany Terry; modern dance from Ramon Ramos Alayo; video projection by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi; and hip-hop beats from DJ Leydis. Directed by Rosalba Rolon.

All events are free and open to all ages.

Before the performance, the public is invited to join Paul S. Flores, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Ramon Ramos Alayo, and Yosvany Terry for a storytelling workshop on March 9, 2019, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Participants will first learn to tell a fun and important first-person story about a tradition in the Bronx they want to continue, or that they want to understand better. They will then learn to integrate live or recorded music, dance, or video into their performance to create a multimedia story about traditions in the Bronx.

March 9 is also the last day to see "We Have Ire: Afro-Cuban in the United States." This exhibition tells the story of Cuban and Cuban-American artists Flores, Terry, Alayo, and DJ Leydis, focusing on their influences and dreams through photography, video and cultural objects.

"The Casita Maria Gallery is a powerful teaching tool and welcoming space of cultural celebration for the Young Artists of Casita Maria, their parents and caregivers, and the community. Through We Have Ir e we are thrilled to share Afro-Cuban and Cuban-American stories through so many artistic disciplines," says Gail Heidel, Director of Creative Arts Programs, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education.

Casita Maria Gallery, 928 Simpson St, 6 fl
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., (718) 589-2230

Artist Bios:
Paul S. Flores' deep dive into themes of transnationality and citizenship comes at a crucial time in contemporary history. Flores creates plays and oral narratives that spur and support societal movements that lead to change. Flores's last play, "On The Hill: I Am Alex Nieto" brought together San Francisco communities that had been divided by gentrification and police violence. Flores' ability to paint a vivid picture of bi-cultural Latino experience is shaped by his personal background and experience growing up near the Mexican border. He began presenting spoken word as a founding member of Youth Speaks and Los Delicados in 1996.

He performed for the first time in Cuba in 2001 while working at La Peña Cultural Center, and has since presented multiple times in Havana, Mexico and El Salvador. His comprehensive body of work touches on the immigrant story in all its complexities: from violent forced migration, gang life, war, incarceration and separated families-to zooming in on intergenerational relationships and the struggle of preserving important cultural values.

Paul Flores's newest play, "Pilgrim Street," premiered September 13-16, 2018 at Z Space Theater in San Francisco. His next play, "We Have Ire," about Afro-Cuban traditions, immigration and artists in the United States, premieres in 2019. He is an adjunct professor of theater at the University of San Francisco.

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Eli is an award-winning filmmaker and currently directs FistUp TV, a production company that documents people's stories from around the world as a way to expand community awareness around issues of social responsibility and cultural identity. His work has circulated through the National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel and PBS. He is the co-founder of Defend Puerto Rico, a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. Eli is curating his ninth Annual Fist Up Film Festival in the Bay Area, California. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film.

Casita Maria is the first and oldest Latino charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.

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Pregones Theater:
Following years of enterprising activity on stage and in the community, Pregones Theater and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater recently merged into a single Latino arts organization with performance venues in The Bronx and Manhattan. The transformation builds upon congruence of mission, values, and programs, and sustained engagement of a growing network of diverse artists and audiences throughout and beyond New York City.

Moving forward, Pregones/PRTT champions a cultural legacy of broad impact through (1) creation and performance of original musical theater and plays rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures, and (2) presentation of other artists who share our twin commitment to the arts and civic enrichment.
Supported by: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

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L.A. Artists and Performers to Salute Beyond Baroque’s 50th at Nov. 10 Gala

VENICE, Calif. -- A historic lineup of L.A.'s leading artists, performers, poets and authors will salute Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center ("Beyond Baroque"), the city's legendary literary center, at its 50th anniversary "Bohemian Bacchanal" on Saturday, November 10. The gala event, located in the Venice Arts Plaza, features a dinner and will be highlighted by presentations honoring actor/poet Viggo Mortensen, a long-time supporter of the non-profit organization, and award-winning poet Will Alexander. The evening also pays tribute to Beyond Baroque founder, George Drury Smith.

Among the performers slated to take the stage are John Doe and Exene Cervenka (who first met at Beyond Baroque and formed the iconic LA band X); John Densmore, founding member of The Doors; legendary jazz trumpeter Bobby Bradford; Chris D (Divine Horsemen; Flesh Eaters); Julie Christensen (Divine Horsemen; Leonard Cohen); and poet Kamau Daáood, among others.

"We'll celebrate 50 years of Beyond Baroque with an evening of art, music, poetry, wine, and revelry," said Beyond Baroque director Richard Modiano, "and we invite the community to join us in honoring our dear friend, actor Viggo Mortensen for his selfless support, and our visionary poet-in-residence Will Alexander for his profound achievements in expanding the artistic possibilities of language."

The event includes a live and silent auction offering rare literary artifacts from Beyond Baroque's archive, and more than 30 works of art from some of the world's most notable artists, including Ed Ruscha, Gronk, Raymond Pettibon, Shepherd Fairey, and Francisco Toledo. Items donated by the Venice business community will also be auctioned.

Attendees are invited to tour the landmark arts complex surrounding the former Venice City Hall (now occupied by Beyond Baroque) including unique sustainable landscaping curated by Kiss The Ground and Safe Place for Youth, enjoy cocktails in the Poet's Garden and artwork in the Mike Kelly Gallery, and explore the unique collection of poetry and literature for sale in the bookstore.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018 at 5 P.M.
Beyond Baroque, Venice Arts Plaza and Gardens, 681 North Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291


Alexandra Garrett Award for Distinguished Service to Beyond Baroque

Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry

* John Doe & Exene Cervenka (founding members, X)
* John Densmore, (founding member, The Doors)
* Bobby Bradford (Ornette Coleman Quartet)
* Chris D (Divine Horsemen; Flesh Eaters)
* Julie Christensen (Divine Horsemen; Leonard Cohen)
* World Stage Theater: Kamau Daáood, founder/poet & Dwight Trible, director, singer/spoken word
* Froglab - Joe Baiza, Brian Christopherson & Mike Watt (also of the Minutemen)
* Jack Grapes, poet; 2018 honoree, Distinguished Service Award
* Lisa Finnie, Dylan Hour / 88.5
* Erika Duran, winner of Beyond Baroque's Carlos Segovia Scholarship Fund in partnership with Get Lit
* Emcee: Puma Perl

Beyond Baroque Days: A ten-day celebration:
The Beyond Gala forms the center of a ten-day period of festivities that begins with the November 8 premiere of Beyond Mr. Smith, Peter Fitzgerald Adams' new documentary about Beyond Baroque founder George Drury Smith. The celebration culminates with the City of Los Angeles' proclamation of Beyond Baroque Day on November 16, 2018, as the literary center welcomes the November 16-18 Southern California Poetry Festival, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and headlined by world-renowned poet Anne Waldman. More information:

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Opportunities to support Beyond Baroque include:
* Donations via website
* Brand support via website, newsletter, social channels,
* Gala event branding, branding throughout Beyond Baroque Days and other year-round opportunities in Beyond Baroque programming.

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Beyond Baroque welcomes these sponsors:
City National Bank
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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center is one of the nation's most successful and influential grassroots incubators of literary art. Founded in 1968, and housed in the original Venice City Hall building in Venice, California, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public space dedicated to cultivating new writing and expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, fiction, literature, and art through cultural events and community interaction.

The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming, including readings, workshops, art exhibits, and education. The Center also houses a bookstore with the largest collection of new poetry books on the west side of Los Angeles; the Mike Kelley Gallery, which specializes in text and language-focused visual art; and a 50,000 volume archive of small press and limited-edition publications that chronicles the history of poetry movements in Los Angeles and beyond.

Beyond Baroque's mission is to encourage the writing, reading, publication, dissemination, and preservation of contemporary literature through programming, education, archiving, and services in literature and the arts. Learn more:

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