J.T. & This Side of Hoover.
In our second episode, we update listeners on all things for the 2nd Annual Back to School Party, including progress with our fundraiser, our official flyer for the event, and how to manage the work when doing community events like BTS 2.
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It’s my pleasure to share this special recap vid with my community, both in and beyond Los Angeles. Please check it out as time permits, and tell a friend! We’re going to need as much support as we can get for BTS 2 in East Hollywood, taking place again at El Gran Burrito this upcoming Saturday, August 24th, 2019!
Last summer when the First Ever Back to School Party made its way to East Hollywood in Los Angeles, it was following in the steps of an earlier precedent set in the neighborhood by the First Ever Open Mic at Cahuenga Library in Spring 2018.
Each event was designed from scratch, essentially made up of ‘thin air’, and would go on to create reverberations in and around the neighborhood for days. Now, with a 2nd Annual Open Mic Night at Cahuenga Library officially done and documented, and with the official start of summer just over a week away, it’s my pleasure to announce a 2nd Annual Back to School Party (BTS II), once again at El Gran Burrito in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 24, 2019. BTS II will coalesce with several other projects by yours truly, including the East Hollywood Neighborhood Survey, an upcoming Summer Writing Challenge for Students in L.A., and more Los Cuentos Merch, among other goodies.
In other words, it’s an exciting time to prepare for summer heat in The City, where our marks under the sun wait once again to be remade. In celebration and anticipation of the next ‘BTS’ Party, it’s also my pleasure to publish the gallery in this blog, each picture courtesy of Samanta Helou, of This Side of Hoover. Samanta’s pictures are proof of the power that emanates so boldly when communities come together unapologetically seeking something new for themselves. My world changed magnetically in the flicker of time that was the event–just as it would in the time following it–and I know I’m not the only one for whom that’s true.
I look to create the same opportunity and more for The City alongside my team this next Summer 2019. Expect nothing less than the world!
We salute our volunteer DJ for our “Back to School” PARTY, as well as every donor to our fundraiser. We also place the call out for additional volunteers to help with the big day’s setup.
TO every supporter: Thank you for your support and for sharing this fundraiser to spread the word! Just to keep you all in the loop, I’m happy to highlight the “first half” of the workshops we’ve now secured for our event.
Workshops now written into our itinerary include Women’s Self-Defense with Peace Over Violence, Renters’ Rights with the VyBe Chapter – Los Angeles Tenants Union, Literature and Literacy with L.A. based Salvadorean-American author Randy Jurado Ertll, Zine-Making into Book Publishing with Dryland: Los Angeles Underground Art & Writing‘s Viva Padilla, and more.
Please also note that our workshops will include people of various histories in the community, including, (new and “old”) business owners, artists and activists, teachers, Senior citizens, and other local residents and supporters. We will also install an “art wall” or art exhibit with work BY locals, FOR locals.
Lastly, please trust that we’ll be photographing this special occasion as much as humanly possible to get as many of our supporters to enjoy the summertime bash with us; what arts and education are all about!
And keep up the support and well wishes. One step at a time! 👌🏾
We are now *SIXTEEN days away from the big day and with our Facebook donation link NOW ACTIVE, we know we’re going to win it Los Angeles!
“This is a day of workshops for communities in the “East Hollywood” neighborhood who are currently under-served in the arts and education experience. Our “Back to School” Party will feature group sessions on everything from Live Art for youth to Renter’s Rights for parents, as well as self-defense workshops for all, and also discussions with business and brand owners about how youth may develop their own ideas into trades. All funds raised will go towards items for youth which will be handed out in our “Back to School” raffle including backpacks, a scooter, a bicycle, a skateboard, helmets, printed photography, and more. The experience is also designed to bring different members of the community together, from new business owners to long-time residents, into conversations about how they might support one another to develop a “richer” and more inclusive neighborhood overall.”