Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First Sucessfully Celebrated our 25th Anniversary with “Cool Art-Music Criss-Crossing Cultures” celebration Gala Event
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Pictured Above: Back Row (left to right): Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First board Vice President, Marion Dies; TOHYF Executive Director/ Sheila Scott-Wilkinson; TOHYF Board Treasurer and TOHYF Founding Board Member, Karolyn Ali; TOHYF Board Member and Cool Art 2012’s host from 94.7 The Wave, Pat Prescott; Founding Board Member, Ian Lawes; Honorary Event Committee Member and First Vice President of the Board Of Governors, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Front Row (left to right) Education Honoree- Los Angeles County Office Of Education, Superintendent Arturo Delgado, ED.D.; Key Honoree- “Beah Richards Master Artist Award”, Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Allan Vogel; Community Honoree-LA’s first black Superior Court Commissioner and, later, a Superior Court Judge, The Honorable Judge James Reese (Ret.) Photo credit: Gilbert Ortiz
Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary gala “Cool Art 2012- Music Criss-Crossing Cultures” on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 2pm to 5pm at the REDCAT theatre in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex.
Over 200 Theatre Of Hearts supporters attended the event, resulting in a great time had by all! Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First would like to thank all of our attendees, the Cool Art 2012 event committee, Theatre Of Hearts board, staff, and all of our dedicated volunteers for making Cool Art 2012 a successful event! A special thank you to Steven Lavine, CalArts President; our host from 94.7 The Wave’s Pat Prescott, and Cheryl Boone Isaccs, Theatre Of Heart’s 2009 Beah Richards Master Artist Award, Cool Art 2012 Honorary Event Co-Chairs Senator Curren D. Price, Jr., Twenty Sixth Senate District, California Legislature; and The Honorable Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fifth District.
The 25th Anniversary Celebration gala honored Allan Vogel, Principle Oboe of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Superintendent Arturo Delgado, Ed.D. of the Los Angeles County Office of Education; and, the Honorable Judge James N. Reese (Ret.), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. Thank you for your continued support of arts education to the Los Angeles area.
The event consisted of an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, and a silent auction, featuring professional art-work and one-of-a kind artwork created by students of the Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First Artist-In-Residence workshops. The celebration showcased “Music of Criss-Crossing Cultures” with a fantastic live performance by Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First Artist Mentor Octavio Figueroa and La Combinacion Salsa Band; Yuko Mabuchi, Japanese Jazz Pianist; Theatre Of Hearts Youth/First Artist Mentor Teresa Smith, African Dance and Drumming Ensemble; and a featured Performance by Allan Vogel and his wife Janice Tipton.
The highlight of the event for our audience was a poem written and recited by Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First’s Artist-In-Residence student Anthony Barajas. The touching poem reminded our audience how Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First makes an impact on our students’ lives. Anthony wrote, “Sticking to my dreams, is the goal I must accomplish, proving to my family, mentally that I’m the strongest. Standing for what’s right, as I learn to be a man. I’m still a young boy, but when in doubt I gotta plan. Never dwelling in the past, evil ways can be effaced. Lord forgive me for my troubles, now I learn from my mistakes.”
Since its founding in 1987, Theatre Of Hearts, Inc. has been dedicated to empowering local communities through education in the arts, by promoting understanding between people through cultural and artistic forums. Through its mission of preventing and intervening in youth violence through the arts, the nonprofit organization involves youth and their families in ongoing, high quality, standards‐based, multidisciplinary arts education workshops, while creating professional development workshops for educators offered at schools and community‐based sites in under‐served neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. To date, TOHYF has provided Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First Artist‐In‐Residence programs to over 96,000 of Los Angeles’ at‐risk youth. Click here to hear 94.7’s The Wave’s Pat Prescott interview Theatre Of Hearts’ executive director Sheila Scott-Wilkinson to learn more about the mission of Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First or contact us at 213-384-6878.
Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First COOL WOMEN BIRTHDAY YEAR Celebration!
Photos by Gil Ortiz.
Board members, staff, and supporters of Theatre Of Hearts/ Youth First celebrated at the House of Blues Foundation Room on November 6, 2011 as part of the COOL WOMEN BIRTH DAY YEAR Celebration.
94.7 The Wave’s Deborah Howell was our host for the day and helped us to rejoice with old and new friends while enjoying fabulous food, beverages, and COOL entertainment. Theatre Of Hearts/ Youth First Artist Theresa Smith brought African sounds and rhythms to the stage with a vibrant drumming and dance performance. Psychic George Gomond was on hand to help us prepare for what our next Birth Day Year would hold. Special musical guest, Street Corner Renaissance, shared their one-of-a-kind Acapella doo-wop sound!
Other highlights included a poetry reading by Chris Wilkinson, the vocal styling’s of Theatre Of Hearts/ Youth First Artist Irma Delia “Cui Cui” Rangel, and a keyboard performance by Yuko Mabuchi.
Despite dwindling public and grant funding, TOHYF has provided 171 Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First Artist-In-Residence programs for 3, 500 of our most at-risk youth in the 2010-2011 school year – a total of over 93,000 youth to date for the last 24 years…and we couldn’t have done it without our supporters.
A special thanks to the Board of Directors, TOHYF Staff, TOHYF Artists-In-Residence, all of the amazing performers, and the House of Blues for making this a event a success. We would also like to thank our event sponsors Capital Group Companies and Match Creative Talent.
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COOL ART 2010 HOLIDAY ART BAZAAR
On the afternoon of Saturday, December 11, 2010, friends and family of TOHYF brought their Holiday shopping lists to our office gallery to sample wine, cheese and desserts and shop among the many beautiful art and gift items on display for acquisition by donation. The attendees browsed among the Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First Cool Art Collection of framed artwork prints, sculptures and greeting cards created and donated by our students and by professional artists. Items included custom jewelry by Laurel Ann Bogen, and fine art photographs of Hollywood icons printed by historian Mark A. Vieira.
All proceeds went to Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First, and will assist us in continuing our ongoing 24-year mission to bring high quality, multi-disciplinary, standards- based arts education free of charge to at-risk youth throughout Los Angeles County in 2011.
What a great time was had by all…here are some glimpses of the revelry!