We deliver signature and customized programs to community partners, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as schools and other organizations.
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Below is a summary sampling of our community services:
- In collaboration with the Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program within the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, we offered an undergraduate course on maximizing social-emotional benefits of arts education—a similar, but more introductory version, of our Social Emotional Arts (SEA) Certificate Program. We also assisted VAPAE in developing a drumming component to its Book Arts Camp.
- We have offered workshops for dozens of teachers and administrators from underperforming schools across the nation enrolled in the White House-initiated Turnaround Arts program, now based at the Kennedy Center.
- After a two-year pilot project at Step Up on Second (adults) and Daniel’s Place (transitional-aged youth), while also serving at Ocean Park Community Center, we currently work with at-risk youth at A Safe Place for Youth at PATH West LA, in partnership with the student-run UCLA Creative Minds Project (CMP).
- In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, we developed a staff-training program focused on the use of rhythm, movement, and other proactive approaches to facilitate positive engagement and cooperation in children throughout the day and also to improve the experience of staff members. This five-year project culminated in the successful preparation of year-round staff to train their own summer staff in four areas: how to talk to and engage kids, positive discipline, special needs, and game management. Year one of this five-year project began as a pilot at the East Los Angeles Club. Similar forms of this training have also been delivered to other organizations serving large numbers of youth after school, such as City of Santa Monica Human Services Division and A Place Called Home, a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive services and education for youth and families in South Los Angeles.
- In collaboration with Santa Clarita Valley Performing Arts Center – K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program and each of four Santa Clarita Valley School Districts, we trained approximately 50 College of the Canyons Teach students to deliver a consolidated experience of our Beat the Odds drumming program to every 6th and 7th grade class in Santa Clarita Valley. The entire eight-week Beat the Odds program is now being delivered sustainably in a number of K-6 elementary schools within the district, during the school day, through the training of teachers, music teachers, and other school personnel.
- We have trained elementary school special education teachers in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District to deliver our Beat the Odds program, and also staff and personnel from affiliated organizations of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
- We have placed artists in residence within the Larchmont Charter Schools and Los Angeles Unified School District to deliver our Beat the Odds program as a social skill integration experience for special education students together with general education students.
- Through trainees from our signature programs, we have served such organizations as The Junior Blind of America (traumatized youth and youth with disabilities in the residential facilities), Arena Continuation High School in El Segundo, and Volunteers for Aging—all free of charge.
- We trained staff from the Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell Visual and Performing Arts Program to deliver our Beat the Odds program to students enrolled in their after-school program at Charles R. Drew Middle School in South Los Angeles, which has no music program during or after school. Funds for the delivery of the program and drum equipment were obtained from a grant.
- In partnership with Collective Voices Foundation, we assisted in the delivery of customized arts programming for social-emotional development for underserved youth at Gompers and Markham Middle Schools, and Synergy Quantum Academy in South Los Angeles.
- Also in partnership with Collective Voices Foundation, we recruited creative arts therapists and professionals to deliver programs at the Center for Independent Study and Rose City High School in Pasadena, an alternative and continuation high school, respectively. We also assisted Collective Voices Foundation in identifying creative arts therapists and professionals for the Road to Success Academy in Santa Clarita Valley, which serves incarcerated girls in Santa Clarita Valley.
- Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre program delivers powerful theatrical performances throughout Southern California—from Bakersfield to San Diego—that address health and mental health-related issues faced by youth. They have been offering a consolidated version of our Beat the Odds program, and we have mentored them in this process and assisted them in developing an evaluation plan for teachers and students that have experienced the program.
- Until its close in 2015, we collaborated with the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside to bring innovative arts-based programming for mind-body wellness to the community. Highlights of this collaboration include the development of a weekend retreat for women called Defining Your Future: A Writing Workshop in Self-Discovery, an ongoing monthly family drum circle, for which we donated drums, the SHINE storytelling series, an Artist’s Way workshop, and the development and ongoing delivery of the one-day A Girl’s Voice program, which utilized drumming, movement, poetry, and improvisation, for fifth grade girls to prepare them for middle school.
- We partnered on a three-evening performance project integrating four art forms with Virginia Avenue Project, which serves underserved youth in Los Angeles—most of whom become the first in their families to attend college.
- We have also offered therapeutic arts programs in partnership with a number of community organizations, including UCLA Tiverton House (for medical center patients and their families), Wilshire Boulevard Temple – Sydney and Audrey Irmas Campus, Jewish Family Service, and the Cancer Support Community – Benjamin Center in West Los Angeles.
- We have delivered customized trainings for our Beat the Odds program to the Venice Family Clinic (workshop delivered in Spanish for families), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Best Practices Fair, and 4 LAUSD By LAUSD: Best Practices Conference for LAUSD counselors and teachers, respectively.