2018-19 ACTIVATE Projects

Members of the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Program cohort launched advocacy initiatives (Action Projects) impacting 25 municipalities and 20 school districts/ charter networks across LA County. Below you can learn more about these Fellows and their advocacy initiatives.


 

Eboni Adams

Arts Education
LAUSD District 2

Eboni Adams, an Arts Education Fellow representing LAUSD 2 has worked, in association with City Ballet Los Angeles, as a ballet instructor for the 9th Street School's after-school program. She is working to develop and implement an arts initiative called, Random Acts of Art, that bridges the gap between schools and community-based art programs. Adams has enlisted support from a 9th Street School teacher as well as the director of CBLA. She hopes to introduce art education in a new and random way across schools in her district and beyond.

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Cigdem Akbay

Mar Vista
Cultural Policy

Çiğdem Akbay is founder of CHIGMA Productions and co-chair of the Mar Vista Community Council’s Education, Arts & Culture Committee. She previously served as Deputy Director of the Mar Vista ArtWalk and continues to develop art projects that beautify and engage her community. As a result of her ACTIVATE Cultural Policy Fellowship she’s created the Mar Vista Kids & Craftz Festival, a back-to-school event held at the Mar Vista Library. Arts & crafts projects will be lima bean-themed (as homage to the area’s rich history of lima bean cultivation) and a community mural- inspired by the children’s book “A Bad Case of Stripes”- will be created in collaboration with the Mobile Graffiti Yard. This particular book was chosen as it incorporates lima beans, carries a positive message about self-identity, and emphasizes the value of staying respectful to the knowledge of previous generations.

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Dante Alencastre

Cultural Policy
LAUSD

Dante Alencastre is a documentary filmmaker and the executive director of the California LGBT Arts Alliance in Los Angeles County. In collaboration with Q Youth Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe and brave environments for LGBTQIA+ communities in Los Angeles, The Alliance will co-produce the Eastside Queer Stories Festival, March 2020 in a venue in district 14. The Alliance has received a DCA programming and the call has been made to start the playwriting workshop phase, with a public reading of the works in the Fall.The Eastside Queer Stories Festival will bring emerging LGBTQIA+ writers and playwrights to work directly with professionals, develop their work and bring it to production on to a performance space. This production's goal is to document the LGBTQIA+ experience and be able to connect with the community that normally does not have an outlet or space to develop critical and creative work.


Sanaz Alesafar

Cultural Policy
Los Feliz

Sanaz Alesafar, a Cultural Policy Fellow, consults on culture and social impact projects for non-profits and purpose driven entertainment. For her action project, Sanaz is researching the conditions and landscape that would allow cultural spaces and museums to serve as sites of social action and promote direct civic engagement. Sanaz has extensively reviewed the literature and is interviewing LA based curators, artists, community organizers and arts administrators to identify entry points for social action. As one of the last “trusted” spaces, these spaces can promote individuals and communities to leverage the arts and culture for social change.


Amelia Amell

Cultural Policy
Manhattan Beach

Amelia Amell is an Art Director, Multidisciplinary Visual Artist and a Humanitarian Advocate with masters degrees in both Spiritual Psychology and Multimedia Communication. As an artist witnessing the emergence of the data era (coined Data-ism) and the onset of Artificial Intelligence, she sees the issue of technology becoming more advanced than the policies that shape these movements. Inspired and concerned, she set out to create works of art that ignite awareness as to the implications of these crossroads from both a cultural policy and humanitarian point of view. In April 2019, with the support of the city of Manhattan Beach and city officials, Amelia created and produced a three-month art exhibit at the Manhattan Beach Arts Center that consisted of drawings, two digital projections, and an installation that spoke about the interconnectedness of the human experience from a perspective of nature, technology and cultural integration in the United States. Amelia plans to keep contributing to the conversation on the convergence of AI and the human condition throughout her work.

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Sarah Ashkin

Arts Education
Arts in Action Community Charter Schools

Sarah Ashkin is a dance educator working with Arts in Action Community Schools in Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. For her Activate Fellowship Action Project, she developed a Social Justice Driven Arts Framework meant to supplement the Elementary and Middle School Arts in Action Social Justice Curriculum. The Framework outlines four "lenses" with which to integrate arts practice into social justice projects: Lens 1: Arts and Cultural Identity Affirmation, Lens 2: Art Appreciation as a Tool for Cultivating Cultural Empathy, Respect, Understanding and Connection, Lens 3: Arts Practice as a Tool for Personal Expression and Healing from Systems of Oppression and Lens 4: Arts Practice as Protest, a Public Community Offering for Justice. After conducting focus groups with arts and general education teachers, families and students, and community organizations to create the lenses, Ashkin delivered the Social Justice Driven Arts Framework as a professional development session for the Arts and Action staff in May of 2019. Ashkin's goal for the Framework is to ultimately encourage teachers at Arts in Action and beyond to feel empowered and capable to incorporate arts practice into their social justice driven curricular design.

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Annie Azzariti

Arts Education
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District

Ms. Annie Azzariti is an Instructional Aide with Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. Previous to her current position, she taught first and second grades for Alhambra City Schools and then went on to a 30 year career in television documentaries. As a member of the VAPA Committee for the school district, Ms. Azzariti recognized the need for a film festival for the elementary schools as the Middle and High Schools had Media Arts and did already have an end of the year film festival. The Elementary Schools had no Media Arts and no Film Festival. She wrote a proposal for the First Film Festival entirely for Elementary students with a focus of Social Justice. Ms. Azzariti has connected with the VAPA Arts coordinator for the district and per his suggestion, contacted the head of Media Services for the district regarding the First Film Festival. Pending his response, Ms. Azzariti will follow through with a meeting. From there, she will rewrite and promote the proposal within the District and start looking for grants.

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Laurey Bennett-Levy

Arts Education
LAUSD- West Los Angeles

A self-sustaining, professional short term integrated elementary school-wide art event designed to be easily facilitated by teachers and parents and does not require art skills or abundant resources. The program considers teachers and their content requirements and can be utilized in a macro or micro of complexity depending on parent volunteerism. This program has been successfully implemented for many years. Guide/manual in process.


Sarah Berkovich

Arts Education
LAUSD District 1

Sarah Berkovich is an Arts Education Fellow from Los Angeles, and Youth Program Manager at Film Independent. In a collaboration with LA Promise Fund and ACTIVATE alumnus Alex Karas, Sarah worked with public and charter schools across Los Angeles County, creating a year-round mentorship program to match professional filmmakers with teachers who are integrating media arts into their classes. Filmmakers visited classes twice, to guest speak and share their work, and facilitate a hands-on activity related to their class projects. So far eleven mentors have been on-boarded, nine schools have been confirmed partners, fourteen classroom visits have been held, two field trips have been planned, and several more visits are scheduled before the end of the year. The ultimate goal is to continue this program as a year-round offering, and expand the network of filmmakers and schools in order to introduce media arts opportunities to more local students.

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Ellen Boudreau-Den Herder

Cultural Policy
City District 13

Ellen Boudreau-Den Herder, a Cultural Policy Fellow from CD 13, is the Community Programs Director for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. During her time with Activate, Ellen worked with the Fringe staff and board to create a 5 year plan to increase accessibility at the Hollywood Fringe Festival including physical and mental disability access, interpretation services and to provide clear ideas of what the festival can and cannot provide as a non-curated, volunteer-run festival.


Tommy Bui

Cultural Policy
Ingelwood

Tommy Vinh Bui is a Cultural Policy Fellow for the city of Inglewood. He’s a Teen Services Librarian and served the city in that capacity by providing culturally enriching and community-specific programming to the youth. Inglewood is a city experiencing unprecedented change and undergoing rapid flux and transformation. Bui’s Action Plan is to empower and embolden the community by collaborating and collecting the vanishing and under-told stories of the city. Working with community partners, he organized a typewriter-poetry workshop wherein community members came together with local poets to co-produce a chapbook reflective of the ebbs and flows of the neighborhood. He also organized an oral history project where community members congregated to have their unique narratives recorded radio-interview style for posterity. The long-term goal of this Action Plan is to have the community be bolstered by their own stories and compel residents to proactively steer their own vision of an uplifted Inglewood.

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Tara Burns

Arts Education
LAUSD

Tara Burns is a museum educator who serves the teachers of LAUSD by offering arts-integration professional development from the cultural sphere. Coming from a space that specializes in helping students, teachers, and families engage in dialogue with one another, Tara’s action project seeks to create a tangible learning resource for teachers to support them as they engage their students on the topic of civic engagement in their communities. Over the course of the Arts for LA Fellowship the key stakeholders for this project as well as the project timeline have been identified. When the project is completed in summer of 2020, there will be a web resource designed specifically for LAUSD teachers to use in their classrooms to facilitate conversations on democracy, civic engagement, and social justice in our city.



Celeste Butler

Cultural Policy
Los Angeles, City District 9

Celeste Butler, Entertainer and Founder of Creation Against Barriers, represents Los Angeles in Council District 9 as a Cultural Policy Fellow. As both an artist and producer, she works to provide creative educational spaces, shows, and platforms to unify and heal communities. Over the course of the nine-month fellowship, Celeste produced a multimedia stage show entitled, “Harlem South: A View Through the Lens”. The show, which chronicles the dynamics of African American life in 1920's Columbia, South Carolina, through the photography of Richard Samuel Roberts, premiered at the GRAMMY Museum. Multidisciplinary artists combine talents in a series of monologues, original musical compositions, and visuals to highlight the diverse aspects of Black life in the city. As a whole, “Harlem South” provides a glimpse of Black life and arts in a moment of intense challenges and change. Next, the show will be performed at the Columbia Museum of Art in October 2019. Now a two-time alum of the University of Southern California, Celeste will continue to fight for global equity and inclusion as an extension of her company, Creation Against Barriers.

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Chelsea Byers

Cultural Policy
City District 11

Chelsea Byers is a creative direct action trainer, political educator, and community organizer who creates tools and resources to support social justice activists around the globe. After moving to LA’s Westside in 2014, Chelsea began documenting murals and street art and turned thousands of images into a free, downloadable guide called Mural Map LA. Through ACTIVATE, Chelsea deepened her connections to the broader creative community in LA and learned ways to leverage this data for cultural policy application. With a better understanding of where murals and street art exist and don’t exist across Los Angeles, we can articulate the greater underlying need for resources in communities. With new murals painted daily, Mural Map LA will continue to serve as an invitation to connect with the streets of Los Angeles made available through a website, Instagram and Facebook page and soon - a book! The intersection of street art and healthy, vibrant communities is of great curiosity to Chelsea and she believes Mural Map LA can be a guide for navigating the potentials within our ever-evolving landscapes.

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Liana Cabrera

Cultural Policy
City District 7

Liana Cabrera represents City District 7 and has been a member of grass roots organizing in the North East San Fernando Valley through various organizations and groups. Currently, Liana Cabrera is a program coordinator at Lluvia y Fuego Music Academy, located in the city of Pacoima, CA. She has created 2 action projects that are currently underway. She has developed a Summer Music Camp and a Youth Music Conference. The purpose of these programs is to provide music education access and guidance for youth looking to pursue all aspects of music from production to performance and everything in between. As a starting point for the conference, Liana met with local community college department heads and campus organizations to create a dynamic conference where local youth will receive guidance towards their educational goals as well as the opportunity to network with other fellow youth musicians from the North East San Fernando Valley. The music camp is a 4 week intensive course that gives access and opportunity to learn from master musicians and professionals. We have included a nutricional component designed to promote healthy eating using a hands on approach. The Summer program is slated to begin on July 8, 2019 and we have secured over $1,200 in scholarships for the program. The Conference is slated for fall 2019 and we are planning to have 200 attendees who will have access to a network of professionals, mentors and counselors to guide them on their career path in the arts. In the long run, the Summer Camp will be a completely free program to the commUNITY by 2025 thru the continued fundraising efforts and allocated city funding. Liana is currently working on a proposal to secure funding for this program. The Conference will be a free experience for all students thanks to the commited efforts of the department and commUNITY organizations sponsoring the 1st Annual Youth Musician Conference. Our goal for the conference is to have 1,000 attendees by 2025.


Juan Cardenas

Arts Education
City District 6, Panorama City, San Fernando Valley

Juan Cardenas is an Arts Education Fellow serving District 6, Panorama City, in the San Fernando Valley. As an Arts Educator with California Poets in the Schools, Juan, had multiple residencies at Vista Middle School, where he taught poetry to ELL and Language Arts Students. His action project, with partner Jessica W. Cardenas, is to establish a youth open mic venue for students in the community to share and express themselves through the arts. We seek to partner with an existing community business who sees the value of offering a safe place for youth to connect and create. Thus far, we have identified that target area for the open mic, along Roscoe Blvd. The ultimate goal is to establish a youth open mic, eventually to be run by the youth, with mentorship from the Los Angeles Poet Society. Our next step is to secure our partnership with small business that will be home to this new open mic series.


Diana Castro

Cultural Policy
City District 2

Diana Castro is a Cultural Policy Fellow representing CD District 2. She is a student and a community member there, studying at Los Angeles Valley College. Due to the lack of access to affordable, culturally relevant art centers in the area, Diana decided to create an action plan for an arts initiative that would create professional development opportunities for emerging artists to make art events, working alongside other artists so that not only will they have the opportunity to network but also to gain experience in public programming. This arts initiative will also provide free art programs from and for the San Fernando Valley. So far Diana has successfully written the action plan, and in the long term she hopes to implement this program and someday turn it into a non-profit.

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Jamie Costa

Cultural Policy
City District 13

Jamie Costa is an arts administrator working at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, located in Council District 13. Because of their commitment to accessibility in public spaces, Cultural Policy fellows Jamie Costa and Marissa Gonzalez Kucheck teamed up to create a community experience initiative for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) in Barnsdall Park. The first stage of their project seeks to answer the “who”—who does the Gallery and Park currently serve and what are their perceptions of this particular space—by gathering qualitative and quantitative information via surveys and a social media campaign. The ultimate goal is to promote LAMAG, Barnsdall Park, and other public spaces in Council District 13 as open, accessible resources for art-centered activities and exchanges for all. )



Paule (Valerie) Dauphin

Arts Education
LAUSD District 2

P. Valerie Dauphin, an Arts Education Fellow from Los Angeles, is the Company K!ds Director and a Dance Instructing Artist at Gabriella Charter Schools, a Substitute Teacher with LAUSD, a Published Author, Certified Life Coach, and the Founder of Feel Good Kick Ass, a personal development business that provides coaching and movement services to aid its clients in developing the confidence and authenticity to live a dream-come-true life. For her action project, Valerie wanted to create a series of workshops, tentatively titled The Rock Your Community Danceshops™, where under-represented, under-served, and marginalized students of color (and their families!) have a safe space to address and discuss challenging and controversial societal issues and personal experiences while also being uplifted, having fun, and fostering multi-generational bonding through a fusion of Salsa, African, House, and Hip Hop dance. Valerie has met with LAUSD’s K-12 Arts Director and Dance Specialist, has identified potential collaborators from previous ACTIVATE fellowships, and is in the beginning stages of partnering with a non-profit to secure grants for the project. The ultimate goal is for The Rock Your Community Danceshop™ to be a biweekly or monthly 2-hour event at several locations throughout greater Los Angeles, where students and their communities come together to hash out their biggest gripes and envision possibilities of change with issues including, but not limited to, social justice, racism, peer pressure, LGBTQ identity, and first-generation identity.

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Lisa Davis

Arts Education
Local District West/Malibu

Lisa Davis, representing Local District West/Malibu District, is the parent of a Kindergarten student at Topanga Elementary Charter School (TECS). Her Action Project originated with the intent to ensure equity in visual arts education for public school students at the elementary level in Los Angeles Unified School District. One potential avenue toward achieving this goal is by instating an arts integration specialist at each school, trained through a professional development program called Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) which focuses on arts integration, social emotional learning, and trauma-informed practices. Thus far Lisa has served as a liaison between Dr. Kelly Meyers-Wagner, the regional coordinator of Project TEAL at Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Steve Gedimen, the Principal at TECS, to institute TEAL for the 2019 -20120 academic year at TECS. With this program at TECS serving as a model, Lisa’s long-term goal will be full implementation of TEAL across LAUSD.

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May de Castro

Cultural Policy
City Council District 1

May de Castro, is a Cultural Policy Fellow representing her childhood neighborhood of Highland Park in District 1. She is founder and principal designer of Studio de Castro, a multidisciplinary design studio in NELA, and serves on the board of directors for AIGA LA. Motivated by the community clashes regarding the erasure of murals in Highland Park and gentrification, she set out to create an action project that would foster collaboration and unity in the neighborhood. Her project, a community centered mural, intends to engage all local stakeholders, old and new, to develop a concept that would honor the diverse culture and history of Highland Park. She has met with her local councilman’s office, community organizers and Franklin High School to seek their support and continues to identify key collaborators. Her vision is to collaborate with a local muralist that will work with and train high school and middle school students of Highland Park to create the mural, with the support of the community. Ultimately, she not only hopes to impart the power and importance of the arts to the Highland Park youth, but to create a space for the community to be included in the process.

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Jennifer Dowty

Arts Education
Larchmont Charter School

Jennifer Dowty is a sixth grade teacher at Larchmont Charter School in Hollywood. Each year, her students complete their Signature Project, a service learning project in which they work with local community members to create sustainable solutions to issues that affect the people of Los Angeles. Students' projects cover a wide range of topics, including issues around the environment, public health, and homelessness. One of the project requirements is a creative component or art piece, yet Jennifer has found that there is often a disconnect between students' community outreach and the art that they produce around that experience. Her goal is to bridge that gap with socially engaged art (also known as social practice or public practice). Instead of students making a poster or video about their project after it is complete, Jennifer wants them to understand that the art can happen in the moment and within their interactions with other human beings. In the spring of 2019, Jennifer piloted her project with a small group of interested students whose work is set be complete by mid-June. Along with her teaching team, Jennifer plans to fully implement socially engaged art as a component of the sixth grade Signature Project in 2020. Her long-term goal is to bring public practice art to the larger Larchmont Charter K-12 community and, eventually, to communities outside of her school.

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Dan Faltz

Arts Education
City District 4

Dan Faltz, District 4, Coordinator, Academy Film Archive, and active local volunteer Dan Faltz' goal is to use ACTIVATE as an opportunity to create dialogue within the organizations he works and volunteers for, to propose outreach and inclusion initiatives - specifically targeting LA community college students, and better connecting LA arts organizations to those Dan has experience with. Over the course of the program, Dan has been able to facilitate discussions with many departments where he works and where he volunteers, and learned more about what work is already being done, and by which organizations. Dan has been able to use the vocabulary and knowledge gained during ACTIVATE to encourage dialogue and to propose several inclusion and outreach initiatives. Through ACTIVATE, Dan now has better understanding of the LA arts education landscape, and how to better serve the community. The experience has been very rewarding. He is hopeful that the conversations he's started and ideas he's suggested can build coalitions to better reach our LA community college students and connect them to art opportunities.



Tania Fleischer

Cultural Policy
Culver City

Tania Fleischer, a cultural policy fellow, is a Culver City Cultural Affairs Commissioner and a Senior Lecturer of Music at Loyola Marymount University. With a keen interest in the intersection of arts, education and business, Tania explored the potential for creating an arts apprenticeship program linking West Los Angeles College with creative businesses in Culver City. Through research and networking, Tania discovered the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture’s newest initiative, Arts2Work: the first nationally registered apprenticeship program in media arts. In partnership with the president of West Los Angeles College, seeing exciting possibilities to align Arts2Work with a growing community college and the creative economy of Culver City, Tania convened an exploratory meeting with the ED of the Alliance and the leadership team at West. This convening resulted in an agreement to build an Arts2Work training hub on the West campus. Tania additionally facilitated a meeting between Arts2Work and the Los Angeles Arts Education Collective, beginning a conversation to bring Arts2Work LA County, focusing on creative career pathways for underutilized youth. Arts2Work Apprentices can work not only in the creative industries, but in any industry who tells their story through a digital platform to engage their audiences and communities (everyone). Tania will continue to foster relationships with businesses, workforce development and city leaders to forge new partnerships with Arts2work and help enable a paradigm shift in how we train, hire and support the wildly diverse storytellers of the future.

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Caitlin Fuller

Arts Education
Hermosa Beach City School District

Caitlin Fuller is a middle school art teacher in the Hermosa Beach City School District. As an Arts Education Fellow, Fuller recognized the need to connect her students with the greater arts community within the South Bay. Through connections with the Hermosa Arts Group, Fuller’s middle school students and high school students from the neighboring districts will showcase their artwork at the Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival in June, as well as participate in a juried art contest at the festival. The goal of this partnership is to expand community connections for students through the continued participation in future art festivals, opportunities for students to showcase their artwork in local galleries, and school visits by local artists.


Hilda Gaytan

Cultural Policy
Long Beach

Hilda Gaytan is a Cultural Policy Fellow who represents the City of Long Beach. Hilda’s vision was to create a cultural infrastructure plan that will go along with the city’s improvements. She will call for a coalition to advocate for public art, and the inclusion of art activities in the community beautification projects designed to remove blight and activate residents of undeserved communities. Hilda and a few friends founded Puente Latino Association, a group that focuses on building healthy communities and increasing opportunities for people and places through community engagement, art, and culture. The group has put together a coalition that includes local businesses, schools, artists, residents and nonprofit organizations. Puente Latino organizes public art events, cultural activities, and programs in underserved communities. They created “Artivation” consisting of projects and events that are designed to beautify, remove blight, activate residents and provide a safe place where individuals can learn how to use art as a way of expression. These events provide a catalyst for unity, understanding, respect, and multi-cultural common ground. Peunte’s members are active participants in the city’s efforts to change zoning and are advocating to include public art to create vibrant, sustainable, and healthy communities.


Cassandra Gonzales

Cultural Policy
City of El Monte

Cassandra Gonzales is an arts advocate, educator, artist, and administrator building programming that serves to elevate the stories of youth while introducing students to media for telling those stories. As a Cultural Policy Fellow, she has worked with the City of El Monte to develop a four day workshop, titled My City: Documenting El Monte Through Your Lens. This programming focuses on documenting El Monte through the eyes of its young residents. It will serve as a way of preserving future histories of the city. The goal of this workshop is to teach students the basics of narrative filmmaking while empowering them to tell their students through media. While creative industries are becoming more reflective of the world we live in, there is room to grow. Through this introduction to storytelling she is hopeful that new voices will be uplifted. This summer she will launch a pilot set of workshops with the City of El Monte. Cassandra is currently exploring the implementation of virtual and augmented reality technology with this storytelling workshop. She hopes to see this project exist as a teaching tool for local teachers in the future.

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Andrea Gutierrez

Cultural Policy
Los Angeles, City District 1

Andrea Gutierrez is a cultural policy fellow representing Council District 1. As a writer and radio producer, she’s drawn to stories about the intersections of gender, race, class, and ability in arts and culture. Her recent focus is on leadership pipelines in the Los Angeles nonprofit arts community. For arts and culture radio show The Frame on NPR station KPCC, she produced a feature about Asian American performance series Tuesday Night Cafe as a launchpad for artists and arts leaders. Andrea looks forward to profiling more projects, organizations, and leaders in LA’s arts community.


Gabriel Gutierrez

Cultural Policy
City District 11

Gabriel Gutierrez (a Chicago, IL native) is a Hip Hop Dance Teaching Resident and former foster youth who grew up in Cypress Park. Gabriel’s passion to increase access to hip hop dance for foster youth through “Memoirs of A Broke Chicano”, fueled by his own navigation of adoption and the child welfare system, led him to explore if the foster care system is fiscally supporting similar work. His research has shown Senate Bill-219 broadly supports foster youth extracurricular activities and arts non-profits have succeeded through private donor support. In the long-term the M.O. A.B.C.’s program will expand in partnership with a county child welfare agency, as an entity, and/or continue highlighting trauma healing of foster youth through hip hop dance. Gabriel wants to continue collaborating with arts organizations and non-profits across California and eventually Southside Cook County in Chicago, IL that celebrate foster youth resiliency.

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Caroline Hayes

Arts Education
Arcadia Unified School District

Caroline Hayes is an educator and writer who develops creative approaches to language acquisition curriculum. She is interested in the power of language in all its forms. During her ACTIVATE fellowship, she set out to create a public access curriculum for early high school classrooms that focused on language acquisition as a unique tool for young artists and activists. Throughout the course of the program, Caroline also worked in the television industry--the other half of her profession that bolsters her love and dedication to language. Due to this shift and the TV show's subject matter, her action project morphed into research on arts education in the foster youth population and collaboration with a San Diego based organization that provides support to foster kids about to age out of the system. Ultimately, she plans to produce supplementary content for the TV show about the crucial role that arts education plays in the foster system.