By Andrea Flores, age 14
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On February 2nd, we watched the film “What Happened, Miss Simone?” which was about Nina Simone and her life as an activist and musician. I liked how the film talked about Simone’s life before, during, and after her musical career. Some of my favorite scenes in the film highlighted Nina Simone’s civil rights activism. I enjoyed these those scenes because it truly show how involved and angry she was at the discrimination experienced by her community. Nina Simone also channelled these emotions into her music career and, as a result, wrote many songs that pointed out the racism felt by black people. Because of this, some of the “censored” music she composed received little radio airplay, negatively affecting her career. Continue reading
*Part of Month of Photography LA (MOPLA)*
Our open house will be an opportunity for guests to preview our new youth gallery and community darkroom. The space, an 1,100 square foot work studio and gallery, will become the new home of Las Fotos Project, a photography mentoring organization for teenage girls, and a space for the girls and their mentors to hangout, work on photo projects, learn, and collaborate.
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2016 from 12pm to 6pm
WHERE: Las Fotos Project, 2658 Pasadena Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031
Viva La Muxer is an all women art and music festival, a celebration of International Women’s Day, and a benefit event for Las Fotos Project. Tickets available at vivalamuxer.com
For event sponsorship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN CALL FOR WOMEN + GIRL ARTISTS!
Theme: Mother Earth
Submit an artist agreement form to participate in this year’s Viva La Muxer art and music festival. All entries are due by January 31, 2017. Artwork not due until March 5. The event will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles. All additional information can be found on the interest form www.bit.ly/VLM2017artistform.
LA2050 is an initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles and they collectively help guide $1,000,000 in grants to build the LA2050 of our dreams. Las Fotos Project submitted a really cool project idea and we need your support: vote for us so we can win the $50,000 needed for our project!
The Las Fotos Project Advisory Board is comprised of professionals and community leaders who provide oversight and support for agency staff and volunteer mentors. They offer the guidance necessary to develop strategic plans, strengthen programming, and build organizational capacity to ensure its sustainability for years to come.
We’re currently accepting applications for those interested in joining the Las Fotos Project Advisory Board. If you are interested in applying, please complete our online application by August 31. Applications will be reviewed in September and applicants will be notified on September 8.
If you have any questions regarding the Board, please email email@example.com.
Our core programs are led by a Teaching Artist, a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and sensibilities of an educator, who engages a wide range of people in learning experiences through photography.
Here at Las Fotos Project, Teaching Artists are hired professionals and photographers with experience teaching youth. They have a strong commitment to, and experience in, documentary photography, photojournalism, and/or street photography; familiarity with participant photography and visual storytelling, and they are experts in digital media, including image management. Continue reading
May Mentor Spotlight: Sophia Montoya
Mentees: Jackseny Reyes and Melisa Castañeda
Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Sophia Montoya is a music photojournalist who contributes to and translates for Through The Cracks, crowdfunding in journalism. She is currently working on a photo project about the rock and roll scene in Puerto Rico. She took a moment to reflect on her work with Las Fotos Project and her mentees, Jackseny Reyes and Melisa Castañeda.
I decided to get involved [with Las Fotos Project] because I felt it would be a fun and positive experience. Photography is something that I love so I knew I had something to teach [the girls]. I also like the fact that it is dedicated to young girls who are eager to learn something new or creative. This project not only teaches them how to be creative; [it also teaches them] how to learn more about their community and their culture. Continue reading
Mentor/Mentee pair Amina Cruz and Textli Gallegos work together on LFP’s Exposures project, an online collaboration between creative communities in Vermont, Tijuana and Oregon. Both women are from Los Angeles; Amina works in the Art department for different TV shows and Textli attends Los Angeles County School for the Arts in East Los Angeles. They recently sat down for a chat and here’s what they had to say! Continue reading