ArtCard Installation: Long Beach City Library

ArtCard about Long Beach is excited to announce an outrageously spontaneous ArtCard installation at Dana Neighborhood Library in Long Beach. The display features hundreds of 4×6 inch artworks submitted from across LA County and is open to the public until November 26th 2011.

Exhibition Location and Hours
Dana Neighborhood Library
3680 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
Library Hours / Map
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Youth-produced Documentary about the Dream Act

The Teen Producers Project at San Diego Media Arts Center produced this documentary on the evolution of the Dream Act legislation and the youth movement to get it passed.

“To have the grades… I’ve done so much community service, what did I do wrong? Why do I not deserve to go where I want to go? You did the same thing as the person right next to you since 5th or 6th grade. They’ll go off and be happy with their lives. And you can’t do that.”

So what do you think? Share your opinions by leaving a comment below!

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Youth Workshops at Self Help Graphics (Summer 2011)

SOY Artista
Photography • Stencil Making
Teatro & Poetry • Linocut
Screen-Printing • Indie Publishing
6 Workshops designed for you empowerment through art.
S.O.Y. Artista Program (Summer of Youth Artist Program) is a six-week summer free of charge art-training workshop for local youths ages 14 to 18. S.O.Y. Artista serves high school students with a critical need for summer programming while providing positive and alternative models for creativity in an environment that is nurturing and reflective of their lives and culture.
Free of charge (ages 14 – 18) | No prior experience needed | All materials provided
1.Photography:  Rudy Rude
July 13 to 15 (11am to 2pm)
2.Stencil Making: Andi Xoch (Ovarian Psychos)
July 20 to 22 (11am to 2pm)
3.Teatro & Poetry: Marisol Torres (Las Ramonas)
July 27 to 29 (11am to 2pm)
4.Linocut:  Miyo Hernandez
August 3 to 5 (11am to 2pm)
5.Screenprinting: Reggie Coleman (DAN/CAP)
August 10 to 12 (11am to 2pm)
6.Indie Publishing: Felicia Montes (Mujeres de Maiz)
August 17 to 19 (11am to 2pm)
The SOY Artista workshop series will provide complimentary art mediums that once completed, each student can walk away with the knowledge and skills to create 5 unique artworks packaged into a one of a kind package (zine, CD, chapbook). This is intended to empower youth with various forms of communicating their messages in a way that is easily reproduced and distributed.
For more info please contact: Joel Garcia | | 323.881.6444
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Seeing Youth Culture in a Different Light: London England

A unique ‘light graffiti’ exhibition, which has been created entirely by disadvantaged youths from across the South East, will be showcased at the BFI on London’s Southbank next month.

Led by visual artist, Tine Bech, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and scientist Dr Kathryn Harkup, of the University of Surrey, young people from Hampshire, Kent and Surrey have been discovering a new way to explore youth culture – and challenge society’s perception of it – through the science and art of light.

The LightTAG project offered workshops in Southampton, Staines, Farnham, Guildford, Hounslow and Canterbury where participants were taught how coloured LED lights could create light drawings and animations through an innovative camera technique to produce vibrant pieces of art.
The scheme will reach its climax at a launch event at the BFI on 11 February 2011 before beginning a tour of galleries in the South East.

Tine Bech said: “LightTAG has been a fantastic experience for everybody involved. The young people who participated have created a really visually engaging project.

“One of the project goals is to show youth culture in a positive light and increase the visibility of young peoples’ voices, which I think we’ve achieved.”

LightTAG is a collaboration between UCA, the University of Surrey and the South East Physics Network (SEPnet). LightTAG worked with groups of young people who are either: care leavers; disabled; not in education; employment or training and who live within reach of SEPnet universities.

The project has enabled over 55 young people from six communities to build confidence and achievement through a unique science and media art collaboration.

Tine added: “We often forget that universities don’t just award degrees but connect with communities, with businesses and in this case with young people. We are not an exclusive community for the few, but engaging with society in many innovation ways – LightTAG is just one of them.”
Young people and the public will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities on the 12February, including an LED Throwie event at 5pm that will see hundreds of LEDs light up London’s skyline.

For more information visit:; or search “LightTAG” on Facebook.

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6th Annual Youth Film Festival on Social Justice: Los Angeles

Next Thursday, May 26th at 7:00p.m. is the 6th Annual Youth Film Festival on Social Justice. This year’s theme is Unhealthy L.A.?: Is Los Angeles a healthy or unhealthy city for youth? Please come out and support local youth as they showcase their films! Student photography from Venice Arts’ project Picturing Health will also be on display at the event.

6th Annual Youth Film Festival on Social Justice: Los Angeles

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Friday May 16th: 1st All ICEF Public Schools Art Exhibition

ICEF Public School Art Exhibition

This Friday the ICEF Visual and Media Arts Department is holding its 1st All ICEF Public Schools Art Exhibition.

Student artwork, films, graphic design, and animation from all 15 ICEF Public Schools, grades K-12 will be on display.
The exhibit is open to all community, students, staff, and families.

Location: Norm Maxwell Gallery at 430 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Opening reception Friday May 20 5:00-8:00 pm
Family Day Saturday May 21 11:00am-3:00 pm

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Picturing Health: Photographs by Teens in Central and Southern California


Picturing Health visually explores both the strengths and challenges of eight Central and Southern California communities as seen through the eyes of teens. Through a two-year

project run by Venice Arts with the support of The California Endowment, 80 youth explored what they felt were barriers to a healthy life including trash-filled streets, lack of park space, teen pregnancy, and the presence of gangs.

They also documented community heros, vibrant culture, friendship, and family. Please join us as we celebrate their achievements.

Opens March 12, with a reception and talk with several of the young artists from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Open through April 30, 2011.

Click here to see a selection of work from this project.

Public Screenings

A series of free public programs at the Venice Arts Gallery will complement the exhibition.

Food, Inc.
Saturday, April 9, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
This Academy Award-nominated documentary exposes America’s industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy, and workers’ rights.

Home Is Where You Find It
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
This documentary short by Mozambican teenager Alcides Soares about finding home and family after losing both parents to AIDS offers a personal lens into this global health crisis. The film is part of Venice Arts’ project The House is Small but the Welcome is Big.

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Elev8ed, the call-to-action project from the TEDActive 2011 education group, is reaching out to students to add their voices to the education conversation.

They are looking for videos that:

  • Offer new ideas for what education could be, and/or
  • Inspire others to transform education, and/or
  • Propose specific actions you or others can take to improve education in your community

Video Guidelines: 2 – 3 minutes long (not a hard and fast rule), use first names only, please only show youth age 13 or older and who have given you permission to be in the video, use family-friendly language, give credit to your sources, and remember:  your audience is the world!

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Lil Wayne’s Negative Lyrics Prompt Complaint Song From Little Girls

Things couldn’t be going much better for Lil Wayne’s career. He’s one of pop music’s major stars, and he’s responsible for the paths of Drake and Nicki Minaj, who are not only among his biggest competitors, but are signed to his Young Money label.

But earlier this week, Lil Wayne was called to task by three little girls. Sisters Nia, 10, Nya, 9, and Kamaria, 5, who form the Baltimore, Maryland-based group Watoto From The Nile, released a song, “Letter To Lil Wayne,” that questions the New Orleans rapper’s lyrics that degrade women and promote drug abuse.

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Youth Arts & Media Festival: Sept 25th, 2010

A one-day celebration of youth arts and media in Los Angeles featuring films, photos, music, poetry, workshops and more. Free! Everyone welcome!
The Youth Arts and Media festival will take place from 1 to 5 pm on September 25, 2010 at:
Mercado La Paloma
3655 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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