Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.
Otis College of Art and Design’s Department of Integrated Learning presents the inaugural symposium From LA to the Bay: Community Collaborations and Creative
Solutions to Urban Violence in California. This free event features key leaders in education, community partnerships and outreach, and policymaking, who will focus on dynamic strategies, successes, and next steps in developing effective solutions to urban violence. Otis’ involvement in this area grows out of its Homeboys History and Culture Project, where Eastside meets Westside in a dialogue between trained artists and self-taught artists about social identity, politics, and culture. Located in Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention organization of its kind in the U.S. From LA to the Bay is made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Custom Hotel.
Reunion and Discussion:
Otis students and Homeboys and Homegirls who have participated in the Homeboys History and Culture Project over the last three years gather to reflect upon their experiences.
Ysamur Flores-Pena, MA, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Otis College of Art and Design. Scholar and author Professor Flores-Pena created the groundbreaking Homeboys History and Culture Project three years ago for the Department of Integrated Learning. In this class, Otis art and design students integrate their artistic skills with a capacity to be sensitive to culture, identities, and communities different from their own. Each semester, students develop a unique project based on a theme. With the feedback of the former gang member Homeboys and Homegirls who attend the class, Otis students conduct research, do field studies, and ultimately develop a project proposal that is presented to the Otis and Homeboy Industries communities.
Hector Verdugo, Associate Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Mr. Verdugo took a new direction with his life when he became involved with Homeboy Industries five years ago. In his work with the organization, he now puts his talents and energies into being part of the solution.
Fabian Debora, Counselor, Homeboy Industries
Mr. Debora is an artist and counselor who has lived the gang life and now mentors young people, and former gang members and their families at Homeboys Industries. Mr. Debora works on his own art projects and is also a member of the Streetscapers of Boyle Heights.
Theresa Gartland, MA, Curriculum and Program Director, Urban Compass, South Los Angeles
Urban Compass operates after school and summer programs at Verbum Dei High School to serve students from 112th Street Elementary School and Sage Child Care Center. These activities give young people at a key developmental age the opportunity to enjoy safe, welcoming, and innovative surroundings, and to navigate a course towards a promising future.
Luis Aroche, Manager of Violence Prevention Programs at Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, San Francisco/San Mateo
For over a decade, Mr. Aroche has been at the center of violence prevention in San Francisco and San Mateo counties with his innovative intervention and mediation approaches in the world of street level conflicts.
Diana Oliva-Aroche, MPH, Planning & Policy Manager, Violence Prevention, City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF)
The DCYF annually funds a wide range of violence and intervention programs for young people. Ms. Oliva-Aroche will discuss best practices in addressing the needs of at-risk youth and reducing violence in the community.
Keu Reyes, Creator and Producer of Latino 101
Mr. Reyes is a performer, writer, producer, and director. He is the creator and producer of Latino 101, http://www.sitv.com/latino101, an interview series with comedians and entertainers in its second season on SiTV.\
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Otis College of Art and Design, Otis Lighting Studio (Galef Center for Fine Arts), 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Free admission and parking; registration recommended: http://www.urbancreativesolutions.com/. Complimentary breakfast will be served. Lunch available for purchase onsite from a variety of specialty food trucks.
For further information contact:
Richard Shelton, Director of Integrated Learning email@example.com; 310 846-2566. Learn more about the Homeboys History and Culture Project.