Dodgers Dreamfield Dedicated at Ted Watkins Park

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For many children, the baseball diamond is a place to learn sportsmanship, strategy and self-confidence. And this summer, a freshly renovated baseball field has opened in Watts.

“Beautiful baseball diamonds like these create an inspiring platform for our young players to learn about teamwork,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The Dodgers Dreamfield at Ted Watkins Park, a 28-acre park in the heart of South Los Angeles named after the founder of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee in 1995, is the latest of eight fields built with funding from the Dodgers Foundation, LA84 and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Created in 1998, the Dodgers Foundation provides educational, athletic and recreation opportunities for children in the Los Angeles area, with a special emphasis in helping underserved youth. LA84 was endowed with surplus funds from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles to serve children through sports. Ted Watkins Park is the eighth partnership in the second district following the renovations of Jesse Owens, Athens, Lennox, Mona and Campanella park fields. Dreaming in the batter’s box is Roosevelt Park, which Supervisor Ridley-Thomas hopes will be completed by the end of August.

“This wonderful addition to the park will make it possible for youngsters in the area to learn and practice their baseball skills under the tutelage of coaches and other caring adults while having fun,” said Patrick Escobar, LA84 Foundation Vice President of Grants & Programs.

As part of the dreamfield renovations, Ted Watkins Park received $156,000 worth of upgrades including new bases, paint, remote controlled solar powered scoreboards, signage, dugout roofs and fresh green grass. These renovations follow an $8.7M renovation completed in 2011 and an additional $1M renovation completed last year.

“We are grateful for this partnership,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “And we know there will be many more opportunities for us to work together to build more fields of dreams for children and families.”

Interns Wanted at the Broad Art Foundation

The Broad_exterior renderingWhether it’s Jeff Koons’ playful Balloon Dog, the vivid photographs of Cindy Sherman or the tortured canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat, three lucky people will likely have the opportunity to see these artists’ works up close. The Broad Art Foundation is currently seeking interns for the fall who are passionate about pursuing a career in visual arts or at a museum. The 10-week internship, which runs from September through December, includes a $2,500 stipend and is open to adults, college and graduate students.

Interns will work with staff on the foundation’s latest project, The Broad, a new contemporary art museum currently under construction on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, that is scheduled to open next year.

“We have a great opportunity for someone to learn about building a museum – from the ground up in every sense – from building our online collections database to helping to establish the museum’s presence in the community through our marketing department,” Alex Capriotti, director of marketing and communication for the Foundation said.

Interns will be selected based on academic background, skills, interests, and long term goals. As part of the full time internship program, interns will participate in a training program, which will include field trips to museums and galleries in and around Los Angeles.  Interns will work in The Broad’s Art Foundation departments including marketing and communications, collection management, information technology and audience engagement to gain an understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a museum as well as skills related to a particular department’s activities.

Three Broad internships with stipends are available for the fall. Applications must be received by July 28.

The Broad museum, a 120,000-square-foot project of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, will open in 2015 in downtown Los Angeles and will house the Broad collections of contemporary and postwar art.

For more information about The Broad internship program, please click here.

Interns Wanted at The Broad Art Foundation

The Broad_exterior renderingWhether it’s Jeff Koons’ playful Balloon Dog, the vivid photographs of Cindy Sherman or the tortured canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat, three lucky people will likely have the opportunity to see these artists’ works up close. The Broad Art Foundation is currently seeking interns for the fall who are passionate about pursuing a career in visual arts or at a museum. The 10-week internship, which runs from September through December, includes a $2,500 stipend and is open to adults, college and graduate students.

Interns will work with staff on the foundation’s latest project, The Broad, a new contemporary art museum currently under construction on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, that is scheduled to open next year.

“We have a great opportunity for someone to learn about building a museum – from the ground up in every sense – from building our online collections database to helping to establish the museum’s presence in the community through our marketing department,” Alex Capriotti, director of marketing and communication for the Foundation said.

Interns will be selected based on academic background, skills, interests, and long term goals. As part of the full time internship program, interns will participate in a training program, which will include field trips to museums and galleries in and around Los Angeles.  Interns will work in The Broad’s Art Foundation departments including marketing and communications, collection management, information technology and audience engagement to gain an understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a museum as well as skills related to a particular department’s activities.

Three Broad internships with stipends are available for the fall. Applications must be received by July 28.

The Broad museum, a 120,000-square-foot project of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, will open in 2015 in downtown Los Angeles and will house the Broad collections of contemporary and postwar art.

For more information about The Broad internship program, please click here.

Another Summer of Literacy: Freedom Schools are Here

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For the fifth summer in a row, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, an exciting six-week summer literacy and enrichment program for children ages 5 to 18-years-old, has come to the Second District. Since June 16, six different sites have rolled out the popular educational program.

In addition, five county probation camps are also taking part in the innovative program, which has had national success in improving participants’ self-confidence, instilling a love of learning and bolstering reading comprehension. Now in its second year, the Freedom School probation camp program is part of a broader effort to enhance the educational approach in youth camps so they more focused on providing a positive learning experience to wards.

Established in 1992 by Children’s Defense Fund founder and children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman, Freedom Schools provide rigorous, quality summer and after school instruction to children in urban environments. The programming, which is both challenging and entertaining, is based on the belief that all children are capable of learning and achieving high standards.

Low-income children are particularly vulnerable to the “summer learning gap”— when many children fall behind in reading and math during the nearly three long months of summer vacation.

Students begin the morning with Harambee, a time of informal sharing based on the Kenyan tradition of community, in which students read aloud, sing, cheer and chant motivational songs, announcements and recognitions, closing with a moment of silence. The children then go on to read and make their stories come to life by painting and drawing them. They dance and sing and go on field trips, play sports and make time for community service.

“The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools ensure that children, regardless of race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status or gender have a healthy and fun place to learn over the summer,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who initiated the partnership with CDF in the Second District. “I’ve seen the excitement, the enthusiasm and the results over the years – that’s why this has been an annual event in the Second District. This program plants the seeds for a positive future for our children, giving them what I hope will be a life-long love of reading.”

Click here for more information or call: 213-355-8787

Free Martin Luther King Medical Campus Shuttle

Visitors and patients of the Martin Luther King Medical Campus in Willlowbrook can now ride a free shuttle to move around the grounds, courtesy of the County of Los Angeles.

The wheelchair-accessible shuttle runs from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday with nine stops throughout the campus including the new outpatient center, every 15 minutes.

“We want visitors get to, from and around the medical campus with ease,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who has helped fund the services.   “The shuttle service is intended to do just that at no cost.”

It is the latest of three shuttle services now available in Willowbrook, with one ferrying passengers to and from the Rosa Parks Transit Station to the campus.  The other shuttle runs east/west from the Hahn Plaza Shopping Center to 135th Street and San Pedro Street.  The route includes many stops including Athens Park, Magic Jonson Park and Carver Park.

“This shuttle service allows patients and staff to move freely around the campus, from the parking lot to all the campus buildings,” said John Huang, transit manager for Public Works, who will be responsible for making sure the shuttles run smoothly.

For more information about shuttle services in Willowbrook please visit:   Lagobus.info