Leimert Park Village Book Fair



The Leimert Park Village Book Fair Planning Committee has named world renown artist Charles Bibbs as the official artist for the 2011 Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF). Bibbs unveiled his work, “The Reader II,” in celebration of the book fair’s fifth anniversary. “The Reader II” will appear on all LPVBF marketing and event materials. “Charles Bibbs is a national treasure and we are thrilled to have an artist of his caliber create our signature artwork,” commented LPVBF Executive Director Cynthia Exum. During African American Heritage Month in February, the Los Angeles City Council formally recognized Bibbs for his contributions to the book fair. The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will take place on Saturday, June 25, from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm in the lot adjacent to the Vision Theatre, 3341 43rd Place in Los Angeles, California 90008 .

The LPVBF 2011 line-up includes over 100 authors, exhibitors and vendors, including many of the top African American authors and celebrity speakers. “Every year we’ve grown bigger and better,” says Exum. “This year, we’re very excited to have many amazing authors and celebrities guests and expect over 5,000 festival attendees. We’ve also organized some very relevant panel discussions that touch on a variety of current issues in our community. There’s definitely going to be something for everyone at this year’s book fair.” Applications for the author’s tent and vendors are still available online at www.leimertparkbookfair.com or by calling (323) 730-0628.

Bibbs’ works displays a unique, strong and stylized quality done in a combination of abstract and realistic interpretations of a contemporary subject. Using his ethnic heritage as inspiration, along with a mixture of realism and fantasy, he has developed a distinctive style. A native of Southern

California, Bibbs’ exposure to African and Native American art, which both have a distinct spiritual motivation, is strongly reflected in his works. “My most important goal is to make profound aesthetic statements that are ethnically rooted, and at the same time, arouse spiritual emotions within us,” says Bibbs.

Mr. Bibbs is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by the African American Chamber of Commerce; a Community Recognition Award from the National Council of Negro Women; a NAACP Freedom Community Award; an Appreciation Service Award by the California State Assembly. His work has been exhibited at museums around the country and overseas. A partial list of Bibb’s art collectors are Frankie Beverly, Najee, Steve Harvey, Dr. Bernard and Mrs. Shirley Kinsey, Marc Brown, Earl Graves, Queen Latifah, Drs. Frank and Marsha Glover, Dr. And Mrs. Charles Mitchell, the University of Arizona and Fox Searchlight Pictures. Charles Bibbs will also be on hand at the Book Fair to meet and greet festival attendees. For more information on the event, visit www.leimertparkbookfair.com or call (323) 730-0628.

About Leimert Park Village Book Fair:
Produced by Exum and Associates in partnership with L.A. City 8th District Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, the LPVBF also is supported by public partners Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District; the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; Community Build; and the Leimert Park Village Merchant’s Association. Sponsors include Nestle U.S.A., Inc.; The Gas Company; SEIU–ULTCW; Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management; The Walt Disney Company; Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; and Capri Capital Partners. The mission of LPVBF is to promote, encourage and advocate literacy, education and the love of reading throughout the Greater Los Angeles areas. LPVBF is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to producing year-round educational programming, as well as to the presentation of events in collaboration with our partners, in addition to the annual summer fair for which the organization is named.

WVTC and Watts/Century Latino Organization Present MEET ME @METRO II, 7/2-10

Building upon the success of last year’s Metro Me @Metro, Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) in association with Watts/Century Latino Organization presents Meet Me @Metro II, a theatrical journey on Los Angeles’ Metro Rail featuring daring, site-specific performances curated by WVTC Artistic Director Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez and Associate Curator Rita Cofield from Obie Award winner Rick Burkhardt, eight innovative Long Beach and Los Angeles-based theater companies and a myriad of solo performers. Meet Me @Metro II will take place July 2-10, 2011 with performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am beginning and ending at the Watts Towers Arts Center.
Originally inspired by interactions with the youth of Watts who had never traveled outside a 10 mile radius of their community, the inaugural Meet Me @Metro attracted over 5,000 ticketed and incidental audience members and employed over 100 local artists and staff. Now, with the continued support of Los Angeles County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and endorsements from Mayor Villaraigosa and the Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District Supervisor, Meet Me @Metro II has expanded its route, performance schedule and artistic vision.

With a “Traveling Circus” theme, Meet Me @Metro II features performances from eight cutting-edge, professional Long Beach and Los Angeles-based theater companies as well as a dazzling array of solo performers who will join the sideshow caravan. The theatrical journey begins at the Watts Towers Arts Center and runs along the Blue Line, south to Long Beach and back. With colorful and inspiring performances happening all along the way, audiences will be immersed in theater, dance, puppetry, music and spectacle-all highlighting the historical, cultural and artistic significance of South Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“Meet Me @Metro II represents a synergy between art and transit, art and sustainability,” remarks Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez, Artistic Director of WVTC. “It’s a way to get people both out of their cars and to the theater, or better still, a way to bring the theater to them.”

Check out last year’s Meet Me @Metro on YouTube:

Meet Me @Metro II is made possible by the generous support of the James Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America, United Latino Fund, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District, California Community Foundation, Transit TV, Metro Art Docent Council and California Green Press.

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EVENT DETAILS

What: Meet Me @Metro II

Location: The Watts Towers Arts Center
1727 East 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

When: July 2-10, 2011. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.

Tickets: $11; Available online at www.wattsvillagetheatercompany.org

Read more: http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/article/WVTC-and-WattsCentury-Latino-Organization-Present-MEET-ME-METRO-II-72-10-20110606#ixzz1OZTqqpUf

Applications Open For Grants For Nonprofit Arts Organizations To Hire Summer Interns

Deadline to apply is December 15 – Free workshop scheduled November 18

Funding for non-profit arts organizations to hire college undergraduate interns in summer 2011 is available from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The guidelines, application and application instructions for the Arts Internship Program are now available on the Arts commission’s Web site. Visit www.lacountyarts.org/internship.html or go to www.lacountyarts.org and click on “Internships.”

The program is for Los Angeles County-based nonprofit performing, presenting (including film and media organizations with a presenting program), arts service and literary arts organizations that are interested in mentoring an undergraduate college student for ten weeks during summer 2011. Grants of $2,500 to $3,500, depending on organizational budget size, to be used to pay interns are awarded to successful applicant organizations. To support the internships, Los Angeles County, through its Arts Commission, will give grants totaling $250,000 to approximately 75 arts organizations throughout the County. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

A free application workshop will be held on Thursday, November 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Arts Commission offices, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, in downtown Los Angeles. To sign up for the workshop please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011internapp or go to www.lacountyarts.org, then click on “Internships.”

Organizations interested in this program should review the guidelines before beginning an application and be aware of the following:

Only nonprofit arts organizations that possess 501(c)(3) status and are not part of a college or university are eligible for the program, including municipal arts agencies and municipal performing arts organizations.

Each organization may request only one full-time intern.

Organizations with budgets over $1.5 million are required to provide a cash match of $500.

Organizations with budgets greater than $4 million are required to provide a cash match of $1,000.

The purpose of the County’s program is to provide undergraduate students with meaningful on-the-job training and experience in working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting arts organizations to develop future arts leaders.

This Summer's Lesson: Learning Is Fun

Freedom Schools LA Times

From the L.A. Times:

It is a hot, energy-sapping morning on a quiet residential street, but inside the Lynwood United Methodist Church, summer school students are raising the roof with inspirational chants, boogie-down dances and affirmations of friendship.

There is a good-morning greeting, shouted by the teachers: “Freedom School, how you feelin’?”

“Fantastic, terrific, great all day long!” the group of about 35 children bellows in response.

It is part of a start-of-day ritual of song, dance, meditation and sharing of experiences called harambee, a Swahili word meaning “let’s pull together.”

And for the Lynwood students, the joy of learning inspired by the morning’s pulse of energy does indeed last all day long.

The children are among 200 Los Angeles students getting an intensive lesson in reading and loving books during a six- week summer literacy program rooted in the civil rights movement.

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