Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: making great music personal

play me, i'm yours

On April 12, 2012 Los Angeles Chamber Orchesta presented Play Me, I’m Yours by artist Luke Jerram, a community-wide art and music installation featuring 30 pianos across Los Angeles County. Designed and decorated by local artists and community organizations, the pianos were available for three weeks for everyone to enjoy. Play Me, I’m Yours honored acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary as LA Chamber Orchestra music director. The installation launched on April 12, 2012 at noon with a simultaneous play-in of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I at all 30 pianos. Angelenos community-wide were invited to seek out a piano nearby (or try to find all 30) to play a favorite tune, plunk out a few notes, arrange a concert or just listen to others make music.

During the three-week installation, the pianos invited all — young and old, musicians and non-musicians, amateurs and professionals — to practice, play, jam, compose on and sing along with them. Los Angeles joined the more than 20 cities around the world that have hosted this dynamic multidisciplinary project.

commemorate the project

Purchase your own Play Me, I’m Yours photo book that revisits the three-week long piano phenomenon that took over Los Angeles. Each page highlights the individual pianos, their sites and LACO’s partners.

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with thanks to our partners

MPG Office Trust, Inc.
MPG Office Trust, Inc. is the largest owner and operator of Class A office properties in the Los Angeles central business district and is primarily focused on owning and operating high-quality office properties in the Southern California market. MPG Office Trust, Inc. is a full-service real estate company with substantial in-house expertise and resources in property management, marketing, leasing, acquisitions, development and financing.

Ryman Arts
Ryman Arts teaches teens essential skills for art and life in a rigorous, nurturing studio environment. The core program includes free out-of-school sequential studio courses that emphasize advanced drawing and painting skills, along with college and career planning. Courses, taught by professional teaching artists, foster students’ artistic development and personal confidence, and provide the knowledge they need to pursue higher education and careers in the arts. Ryman Arts is the only such program in southern California that is totally free and that selects participants solely on the basis of their ability and commitment. By doing so, Ryman Arts is able to serve talented youth from a wide variety of backgrounds without regard to their family’s financial status. Ryman Arts aims to inspire, nurture, and challenge the next generation of artists to reach their potential.

Grand Performances
Grand Performances presents free performing arts that reflect the best of global culture and inspire community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles.

Braille Institute
Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. Each year Braille Institute serves more than 75,000 people. It provides an environment of hope and encouragement through integrated educational, social, and recreational programs, services, classes, and seminars.

Music Center of Los Angeles County
Since the Music Center first opened its doors, it has been a major contributor to the Los Angeles cultural fabric recognized for their dedication to artistic excellence. The Music Center’s amazing houses, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and the 2003 addition of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall comprise today’s 11-acre Music Center Campus. The Music Center also serves as an anchor for the Grand Avenue Project, the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles.

Avenue 50 Studio
Avenue 50 Studio, Inc. is an arts presentation organization grounded in Latin@ Chican@ culture. Our monthly shows principally exhibit artists of color who display a high quality of work, and who have not been represented in mainstream galleries. We seek to build bridges of cultural understanding through artistic expressions. Using content-driven art to educate and to stimulate intercultural understanding, we build relationships and collaborations with artists and communities. Along with this, Avenue 50 Studio is a center for cultural activities with workshops in art, spoken word and other creative forms of expression. Our community gathers around the exhibits, presentation of Latin@ Chican@ films, and poetry readings. We are constantly evolving and our goal is to continue the exhibition and spoken word presentations.

Raoul de la Sota
Raoul de la Sota is Professor Emeritus in Mexican American History at Los Angeles City College. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Mexico and his artwork has been included in exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach and the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. He is the first Chicano artist to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

Pola Lopez
Pola Lopez is a self-taught artist who lives and paints in Santa Fe, in her native New Mexico. Knowing since a very young age that art was her path in life, she has been a professional artist for over 25 years. Her art is an eclectic mix of images drawn from her mixed cultural background, a heritage rich in tradition and fused with a spiritual vision, added to that, her belief in the power of color to provoke and effect. Therefore, her vibrant canvases are immersed in the symbols of a Mesizo culture that encompasses European and native influences with a definite indigenous feminine perspective.

Chinatown Business Improvement District
The Chinatown Business Improvement District (CBID) was founded by the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council in January 2001. The BID is operated and managed by the L.A. Chinatown Business Council, whose mission is to creatively plan, manage and facilitate the rebirth of historic Chinatown as a multicultural, culturally defined, economically vibrant and socially engaging community.

Chinatown Service Center
Chinatown Service Center (CSC) was established in 1971 and is the largest community-based Chinese American health and human services organization in Southern California. The CSC Youth Center was established in 2001 to fill a gap to assist the youths of Chinatown and neighboring areas with academic enrichment and leadership development through the afterschool program (formerly L.A. Bridges), Literacy, Work Readiness and College Prep Programs.

Los Angeles Chinatown Corporation
New Chinatown was the first Chinese Community in the United States developed by Chinese Americans. Incorporated in 1938, The Los Angeles Chinatown Corporation is the original developer and landlord of Central Plaza and inner streets, the Seven Caverns Wishing Well, four Historical Chinese Gates, a low rent senior housing apartment and a parking lot. The Los Angeles Chinatown Central Plaza is the only privately held and maintained community area in the United States. The corporation is managed by the direct descents of the original pioneering families.

Shan Chao
Los Angeles-based artist Shan Chao was born in Taiwan. At the age of six, she immigrated to Los Angeles with her family. Los Angeles’ vast cultural diversity and the colorful history of its inhabitants became the palette that inspired and nurtured her enigmatic and intensely sociological explorations. Using acrylics, photography, sculpture, verse and other media, Shan strives to express the tenderness of being human. She frequently uses her flesh as the paintbrush, and canvas. Her multilayered work always accounts for the combined emotional and physical results from every human event—in its creation, levels of engagement and the eventual separation of its components.

Cindy Suriyani
Cindy Suriyani is a Los Angeles-based artist. She was born in the town of Pekalongan, on the island of Java, Indonesia, to a third-generation Chinese minority family. At birth, she was given various names in preparation for societal collapse and variant potential futures, a Chinese name, an American name and an Indonesian name given by her parents, as well as a Catholic name by the local priest. In the aftermath of the Chinese and Communist genocide, the family immigrated to the United States. She was moved back and forth several times between the two countries during her childhood. Suriyaniʼs work deals with senses of identity, both transcultural and global, and the individual’s reaction to a sort of multiplication and recreation of self in an increasingly variegated environment. She utilizes primarily photography and installation.

Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts
Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts offers the highest caliber of academic and arts education while providing students the opportunity to access the rich cultural vibrancy of the Los Angeles arts community. The School aims to instill the essence of community by fostering lifelong learning and appreciation of the arts.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority
Metro is responsible for the continuous improvement of an efficient and effective transportation system for Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles Music and Art School
The Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt), established in 1945, is a non-profit organization providing quality and affordable arts education to East Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. Classes are offered year-round in music, dance, drama, and art. LAMusArt is a multi-arts organization; its doors are open to anyone with a desire to explore their artistic talent regardless of age, talent, ability to pay or ethnic origin. LAMusArt is a cultural institution where generations have come to the arts. Its dedicated teachers and staff ensure that the Los Angeles Music and Art School provides a friendly and educational setting for all.

El Pueblo Historical Monument
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781. Since that time, Los Angeles has been under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the United States and has grown into one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Today, as a department of the City of Los Angeles, El Pueblo is a living museum that continues to fulfill its unique role as the historic and symbolic heart of the city, reflecting the Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French cultures that contributed to its early history. Of the monument’s twenty-seven historic buildings, eleven are open to the public as businesses or have been restored as museums.

Frank Romero
Throughout his 40-year career as an artist, Frank Romero has been a dedicated member of the Los Angeles arts community. As a member of the 1970s Chicano art collective, Los Four, Romero and fellow artists Carlos Almaraz, Beto de la Rocha and Gilbert Lujan, helped to define and promote the new awareness of La Raza through murals, publications and exhibitions. Los Four’s historic 1974 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was the country’s first show of Chicano art at a major art institution.

The City of Los Angeles

Danny Heller
Danny Heller was born in Northridge, CA in 1982. For formal art instruction he left the San Fernando Valley for the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While studying under landscape painter Hank Pitcher, Danny earned a B.A. in art with an emphasis in painting. After formative years spent capturing Santa Barbara’s surf landscapes, Danny’s attention turned toward retro iconography characteristic of mid-century Los Angeles. Having set up his studio in Silver Lake, the artist now concentrates on chronicling Modern American imagery, specifically focusing on the architecture, design and car culture found in Southern California.

University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

Kent Twitchell
Kent Twitchell is a muralist and grand scale artist. He’s created murals of celebrities, artists, religious figures and others for cities, schools, places of worship and private individuals. His work is shown in museums, galleries, books, movies, magazines and public spaces throughout the world. Twitchell is available for private and public projects.ies, schools, places of worship and private individuals.

L.A. LIVE is the leading entertainment destination for all of Los Angeles and the event capitol of the world hosting the GRAMMYs, EMMYs, American Music Awards, ESPYs, American Idol Finals and hundreds of other events. L.A. LIVE was created to give its guests an unforgettable experience. There is a place for dining, for music, for sports, for living: a place for an experience unlike any other. There is a place … L.A. LIVE.

Alexander Mihaylovich
Since the late 1980s, Los Angeles artist Alexander Mihaylovich has been creating works that deal with the fragmentation of history and memory. His most recent pieces are three-dimensional mixed media works that allude to the ephemeral nature of our own time. The juxtaposition of modern industrial fragments with painted Arcadian landscapes and classical forms points to the disjointedness of our own past as well as the complexity of understanding history and time. Mihaylovich has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including the British Museum in London, the Romisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne, Germany, the National Museum of Belgrade in Serbia, and the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium. The book, titled Alexander Mihaylovich, which is a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work and includes over 200 images, was published by Dumont in 2010.

One Colorado Pasadena
One Colorado is Old Pasadena’s ultimate urban experience, where 19th-century architecture meets shopping, alfresco dining and entertainment. Designed after a European town center, One Colorado’s elegant Courtyard is Old Pasadena’s leading venue for free kids’ activities, concerts and performances, fine art markets, family-friendly film screenings and site-specific art installations. The Courtyard’s inviting atmosphere also makes it a great place to catch a quiet lunch or host a group get-together.

Armory Center for the Arts
The Armory builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching and presenting the arts.

Gino Gaspara
Gino has been drawing for as long as he could hold a pencil. With no formal art classes or training, he continues to impress people with his unique and creative artistic style and ability. At this time Gino is designing and selling T-shirts as well as creating designs for back-packs, shoes, murals, etc.

Pasadena Conservatory of Music
The Pasadena Conservatory of Music is an independent nonprofit community music school that is proud to provide a comprehensive curriculum of music study to students in and around Pasadena, California.

The HeArt Project
The HeArt Project combats the epidemic high school dropout crisis with a long-term, sequential arts program offering a pursuable life path that inspires students to stay in school, evolve as unique individuals and flourish as creative adults.

Man One
An artist, teacher and entrepreneur, Man One believes in the transformational power of art and its power to save lives and make the world a better place. Man One believes art gives mankind an essential and irreplaceable cultural language in which to express and know itself. Man One believes art can transcend cultural and socio-economic barriers, fostering understanding, mutual respect and unity among disparate peoples. Man One believes these things are possible because he’s seen them happen through the power of his own art and the art of others.

Playhouse District Association
The Playhouse District Association (PDA), a nonprofit corporation formed in 1995, is dedicated to managing and marketing Pasadena’s Playhouse District. In 2001, a coalition of PDA members, property owners and business owners formed a Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID). The PBID pools private dollars to fund activities and services in the 32-block Playhouse District which is governed by an 11-member board of directors representing the district’s property owners, businesses and institutions.

Mike Rosell
Mike Rosell created his iconic series of masks in bronze and ceramics. Mike’s paintings alternately explore our inherent isolation in dense urban societies, or his lighter work captures his sense of whimsy and humor. Rosell may be best known for his luminous reverse paintings on acrylic sheets, which look like stained glass. His most recent show was held at JHS Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. Mike’s artwork has supported the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the past, and his works are on display in private homes throughout California.

Glendale Community College
Glendale Community College was founded in 1927 to serve the needs of the people in the Glendale Union High School District which included La Crescenta, Glendale and Tujunga. The school was founded as Glendale Junior College, and from 1927 to 1929, conducted classes in the buildings of Glendale Union High School at Broadway and Verdugo in the City of Glendale. The name of the school was changed to Glendale College in 1944. On July 1, 1970 Glendale College became a part of the Glendale Junior College District. On April 20, 1971 the Board of Education adopted a resolution changing the District name to Glendale Community College District.

Rhino Records
Rhino Records in Claremont, California, was opened in 1976 by the Rhino label (the reigning champs of repackaging, reissuing and recycling hits and misses from yesteryear) which sold off its retail operations in 1981 (we have been independently owned and operated since, so no hankies please). Rhino Records used to be located in a tiny shack selling punk & love beads next to a Bric-A-Brac Outlet and an “Aura Cleansing” parlor. In 1990, Rhino Records moved into a 6000 square foot box located on the corners of Yale and Bonita and has gathered no moss since.

Timothy Andres
Composer and pianist Timothy Andres, born in 1985 in Palo Alto, California, grew up in rural Connecticut and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His compositions meld a classical music upbringing with diverse interests in the natural world, graphic arts, technology, cooking and photography.

Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation
The world-famous Santa Monica Pier offers a variety of entertainment and shopping including Pacific Park amusement park; Heal The Bay Aquarium; a historic 1922 Merry-Go-Round (Carousel) plus specialty shops/carts, eateries, an old-fashioned soda fountain and full-service restaurants.

Crossroads School
Crossroads School provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education. Crossroads came into being in 1971 to provide a new approach to education. It was founded by Paul Cummins, a small group of educators, and parents as a non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational college preparatory day school. The School was built upon five basic commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to the development of a student population of social, economic and racial diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential.

Annenberg Community Beach House
The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a new public facility located on five acres of oceanfront property. The Beach House story is one of evolution from private to public, starting with the development of the property at 415 Pacific Coast Highway as an opulent private estate in the 1920s.

Frank Cubillos
“I try to reach positive notes of heartfelt affirmation of passion for life and spirituality through color, curves, line, shape and texture. I try to create a graceful flow with an engaging playful charm.” – Frank Cubillos

UCLA Performing Arts
UCLA Live presents world-class performing arts with a global perspective, enhancing the experience by engaging, cultivating and developing artists and audiences. Active, intrepid and ever-evolving, UCLA Live is powered by the work and imagination of today’s most extraordinary performers coupled with the energy and attitude of Los Angeles itself.

Christine Mason Miller
Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica-based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring ever since she was a little girl. Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work; the desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking.

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is the largest, most complex healthcare system within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to veterans residing in Southern California and Southern Nevada. GLA consists of three ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 10 community-based outpatient clinics. GLA serves veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million veterans in the GLA service area. GLA is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative programs.

New Roads School
New Roads School believes all children deserve access to education that places traditional academic pursuits in contemporary context, engaging students’ hearts and minds to explore the opportunities and address the challenges of our ever-evolving world. Weaving together the kaleidoscope of communities that makes up Los Angeles, we inspire our students to become creative thinkers, committed citizens and compassionate human beings.

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian & Aero Theatres
The American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported cultural organization dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents the best of film and video—ranging from the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form.

Hollywood Arts Council
The Hollywood Arts Council is a nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to contributing to the quality of life in the community of Hollywood by promoting, nurturing and supporting the arts. The Hollywood Arts Council serves the community through advocacy, coalition building, free public arts events and after-school programs. Hollywood Arts Council believes that the arts revitalize people as well as communities. It is toward this vision that the Hollywood Arts Council serves Hollywood.

Andre Miripolsky
Andre Miripolsky defines the term multi-media artist, creating his own style of expression in painting, sculpture, mobiles, graphics, branding, production design, costumes and whatever else might be available.Andre Miripolsky’s keen understanding of pop imagery and a deep comittment to timely social and political causes has been consistent for over 30 years and this journey continues to bring humor, drama and a positive outlook to an ever increasing stream of admirers. He is well-known for his collaborations with the likes of Elton John, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, MTV, The Tonight Show, CBS Outdoor and a stream of branding imagery representing the dynamic vitality of the City of the Angels.

The Wende Museum
The Wende Museum is a hybrid organization, simultaneously an archive of material culture and educational institution, fusing interdisciplinary scholarship with its programs. The Museum is independent and facilitates open access to its collection, providing a forum for exploration and engagement, and encouraging diverse interpretations from multiple perspectives.

The Ratkovich Company
The Ratkovich Company is engaged in city-building. The company’s mission is to profitably produce developments that improve the quality of urban life. In its simplest form, our business is producing physical environments that are pleasing to people. Shaping our environment is important work that will touch the lives of many for generations and perhaps centuries to come.

Evan Skrederstu
Muralist and painter Evan Skrederstu focuses particularly on the processes of painting of his work, juxtaposing natural and urban environments through meticulous, often photo-realistic technique. Skrederstu worked as a lead scenic painter in the entertainment industry for seven years, heading high-concept creative projects for major theme parks, museums and production companies. Working in a venue where the artist was meant to be invisible only amplified his drive to represent the relationship between the physical world and the artist’s brush, resulting in self-reflexive works that spotlight how they were created. Whether his finely-detailed renderings grace insect exoskeletons or large buildings, Skerderstu constantly explores the relationships between artist and work, man and nature. His work has been featured in the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), and The Wall Street Journal, and is owned by prestigious collectors such as Gerald Buck and Robert Downey, Jr.

William Grant Still Arts Center
The William Grant Still Art Center was dedicated in honor of the legacy of American composer-conductor, Dr. William Grant Still, on March 11, 1978. The Center’s dedication ceremony was led by City Councilman Dave Cunningham and the principle speaker was Miriam Matthews, a very dear friend of the Still family and the first African-American librarian in California. The Art Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is located at 2520 South West View Street in Los Angeles, California.

AISEBORN is a Los Angeles-based aerosol artist whose artwork is inspired by nature, realism, classical art, sculptural elements, classical architecture, mathematics and science. His work is 120% purity, 100% longevity, 99% timeless, 109% divinity and 0% boring.

Ebony Repertory Theatre
The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC) is a multi-use complex comprised of a theatre, a rehearsal hall/studio, an open air lobby complete with a box office and concession area, and two undeveloped retail areas. Perfect for performances, festivals, screenings, meetings, rehearsals and receptions, the NHPAC can accommodate your event planning needs.

Ray Mc Cray
Ray Anthony Mc Cray works with a verity of media to construct abstract and representational collages. Many of his pieces are layered, three-dimensional compositions. His collaborative work “Miles and Monk in the Sky” is built around a storied baby grand piano. The keys were signed by headlining performers at the Jazz Bakery. Sam Pace painted the top of the lid and sides with an image of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Ray “splashed” the piano and constructed a three-dimensional collage in the sound box and inside lid of the instrument. Ray has been recognized by The National Arts Program for the encouragement and development of Artistic expression with Community Arts Division Cultural Affairs Department and the Leonard E. B. Andrews Foundation as winner Honorable Mention in the intermediate classification in January 2000 and was awarded a scholarship to the Lankershim Arts Center. He has shown at the Jazz Bakery and in the galleries of Meridith Baer.

City of Torrance
Torrance, the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County, competes globally through its myriad of assets: diverse residents, flourishing businesses and safe communities. Over the years, Torrance continues to live out its motto as a balanced city.

Roseline Seng
Roseline Seng was born and raised in Singapore. Throughout grade school, she was advised to become a “commercial artist,” but, unsure of what that meant, she entered junior college to study business. When a friend asked for her help in laying out a fashion magazine, she quickly realized her aptitude for design and typography. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue this field, graduating from Otis/Parsons School of Design. Before establishing her own studio, Rose Line Design, Roseline worked with award-winning environmental graphic design firm Sussman/Prejza and Co. Her clients include Andersen Consulting, Mattel, Occidental College, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Eddie van Halen, the Autry National Center, and for the last 15 years, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.Roseline has won numerous design awards and her work has been featured in design magazines such as How, Print, ID and Interiors, among others. She lives in Torrance, California with her husband Kemal and their children, Julian and Ruby.

Warner Grand Theatre
The Warner Grand Theatre is a lavish, art deco theatre opened to the public on January 20, 1931 during the magical decades for films in the 1920s and 1930s. Jack Warner called it “The Castle of Your Dreams.” The Warner Grand Theatre was designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer A.T. Heinsbergen. Priteca designed three art deco palaces which were located in San Pedro, Beverly Hills and Huntington Park. The Warner Grand is the last of the three original theaters left intact and has been undergoing gradual refurbishment after a 30-year decline. Priteca later designed Hollywood’s famous Pantages Theatre.

Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc.
Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. was founded in 1982 and currently serves the communities of Long Beach, Hawthorne and Gardena. Arts & Services provides a rich environment of sensory and artistic learning and development. Students with a wide range of developmental disabilities are able to benefit from the music, art and social interaction of a well rounded creative arts program designed to meet their needs and help them grow. Through programming, students flourish within their creative experiences to produce dynamically introspective work. Arts & Services’ resident artists perform, exhibit and sell their pieces nationally.

Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club
The primary mission of the Roy W. Roberts, II – Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club is consistent with that of Boys & Girls Clubs of America: “To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” We endeavor to assure and enhance the quality of life for boys and girls as participating members of a richly diverse society. With special concern for the disadvantaged, our organization assists children to realize their potential for growth and development.

Atlantic Times Square
Situated in the heart of Monterey Park, Atlantic Times Square is the first of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley, fusing commercial stores with residential living. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy countless on-site restaurants, over 200,000 square feet of prime retail shops, AMC 14 theatres and a 24-hour Fitness, all within the reach of few steps.

Peizhi & Qian Yu

Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education
Plaza de la Raza was founded by prominent labor, business and community leaders and local residents in response to plans by the City of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Commission to demolish Lincoln Park’s historic boathouse. Margo Albert, Mexican-born actress and singer and Frank López, a well-known labor union organizer, spearheaded the efforts to find alternatives to the boathouse’s destruction and proved to be the guiding lights in the formation of Plaza as a community-based cultural arts and education center. It officially became a 501©(3) nonprofit organization on May 20, 1970.

Fabian Debora
Born in 1975 in El Paso, Texas, Fabian Debora is a painter and a muralist. He has pursued his love for art since early childhood. He lives and works in Los Angeles. In 1994, he was introduced to Wayne Healy, a prominent Los Angeles-based Chicano-Irish muralist and artist, and purused an internship with him. He was asked to work on a mural with Healy in Santa Maria County as well as on a large-scale mural for the 1994 World Cup at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Homeboy Industries
Homeboy Industries is the living example of our mission statement: Nothing stops a bullet like a job. Started as a jobs program offering alternatives to gang violence in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Homeboy assists at-risk, recently released and formerly gang-involved youth in becoming contributing members of their communities through a variety of services, in response to their multiple needs. Free programs—including counseling, education, tattoo removal, substance abuse and addiction assistance, job training and job placement—enable young people to redirect their lives. Homeboy provides them with hope for their futures and is the nation’s largest gang-intervention and re-entry program.

Plaza del Valle
Plaza Del Valle is a family-oriented community plaza, located in the heart of Panorama City at the northeast intersection of Van Nuys Boulevard and Chase Street. The community plaza is a gathering place for people that live and work in the vicinity. There are approximately 100 small retail shops and restaurants within the Plaza.

Canoga Park Youth Arts Center
The Canoga Park Youth Arts Center features three art studio/classroom spaces where we offer our ongoing art workshops to children and teens. The facility includes a digital arts lab, photography darkroom, garden patio and a spacious, light-filled gallery, presenting displays of student work, as well as exhibitions featuring professional artists and arts organizations.

El Portal Theatre
El Portal Theatre is a historic landmark in the San Fernando Valley located in the heart of North Hollywood, just minutes from Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Disney, ABC, CBS-Radford and NBC. The theatre, originally built as a vaudeville house in 1926, sits across from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Art Institute of California-Hollywood and the new, seven-screen Lammele Theatres. The art deco marquee is visible to thousands of cars that travel on Lankershim Boulevard daily. In the mid 2000s, the long-awaited redevelopment of North Hollywood came to fruition with the grand openings of restaurants, upscale shops and a charming, urban environment.

Oscar Magallanes
Oscar Magallanes was born June 11, 1976, in Duarte, California. He grew up just a few miles away in the Azusa barrio. His artwork is heavily influenced by the cultural and social elements of his upbringing. He recalls, “The first art I saw were murals of Zapata and Mexica glyphs from the Chicano movement. These were juxtaposed next to homeboy role calls and Old English writing. I didn’t see a gallery or museum until I was 15.” After being expelled from high school at the age of 15, Oscar was accepted into the Ryman Arts program. He later returned to Gladstone High School, receiving his diploma in 1994. At the age of 19, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, returning in 1996. He currently resides in Pomona, California.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
With 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs and research facilities that attract nearly a million visitors annually.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk http://downtownartwalk.org/
The Downtown LA Art Walk is a monthly showcase and celebration of the best galleries, artists, photography, restaurants, bars and shops, and businesses located in Downtown Los Angeles.

Long Beach Art Walk
The Art Walk takes place around the streets of Linden Avenue, 1st Street, Broadway, 4th Street and Elm. Local art galleries and retail businesses such as gift shops, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops stay open until late evening. Linden Avenue is closed to the traffic and transformed into a street art fair by local artists. Two stages are dedicated to street performances and live music.

Autry National Center
The Autry is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. The Autry Institute includes two research libraries: the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library. Exhibitions, public programs, K–12 educational services and publications are designed to examine the contemporary human condition through the lens of the historical Western experience and explore critical issues in society.

Yelp is a website that connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia and Sweden. Yelp had a monthly average of 66 million unique visitors in Q4 2011. By the end of Q4 2011, Yelpers had written more than 25 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. On average, more than 5.7 million monthly unique visitors relied on Yelp Mobile applications in Q4 2011 to help them make a spending decision on the go.

The Orpheum Theatre
The newly restored Orpheum Theatre now stands ready to embrace its exciting future as a major Los Angeles entertainment venue for live concerts, movie premieres, film festivals, location shoots, theatrical productions, religious functions, conferences, fundraisers, private parties and many other special events.

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