The Recovery of the Creative Economy: From the Nation to the Neighborhood
JOIN US TOMORROW FOR THE RELEASE OF THE 2021 OTIS COLLEGE REPORT ON THE CREATIVE ECONOMY ON FEBRUARY 25 AT 10 A.M. PT
The Otis College Report on the Creative Economy is an invaluable tool commissioned by Otis College of Art and Design and authored by Beacon Economics.
Event Program: - Welcome from Charles Hirschhorn, President, Otis College of Art and Design - Opening Remarks by U.S. Representative Karen Bass, 37th District - Presentation of the 2021 Otis College Report on the Creative Economy by Adam Fowler, Director of Research, Beacon Economics - Presentation by Julie Baker, Executive Director, Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocate - Panel on The Recovery of the Creative Economy: From the Nation to the Neighborhood Moderated by Frances Anderton and featuring Ben Allen, California State Senator, 26th District; Julie Baker, Executive Director, Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocate; Jason Foster, President and COO, Destination Crenshaw; and Gustavo Herrera, Executive Director, Arts for LA
Join us on February 25, 2021 The Recovery of the Creative Economy: From the Nation to the Neighborhood JOIN US TOMORROW FOR THE RELEASE OF THE 2021 OTIS COLLEGE REPORT ON THE CREATIVE ECONOMY ON FEBRU...
Black Design in America is the first in a series of BIPOC Centered design history courses facilitated by Polymode.
Through pre-recorded lectures, readings, and live discussions, the class will shed light on moments of oppression and visibility. The series revisits and rewrites the course of design history in a way that centers previously marginalized designers, cultural figures—and particularly BIPOC and QTPOC people.
Sliding scale for educators and students as well as BIPOC folx. They are also offering a FREE class, "Strikethrough: Typography Messages of Protest for Civil Rights," on MLK Day from 11am-1pm PT. ... See MoreSee Less
Black Design in America: African Americans and the African Diaspora in Graphic Design, 19th Century–21st Century is the first in a series of BIPOC Centered design history courses facilitated by Poly...
Good City Mentors is a nonprofit organization that connects a diverse team of inspiring professionals with local high schools, empowering youth through school-day mentorship. Their innovative model positively impacts mental health and wellbeing through positive relationships within a mentoring community where everyone is invested in the success of others.
GCM's mentorship program focuses on career exploration and development, community service and engagement, and mental health and wellness. Their effective approach, in which 78% of mentors serve youth of a different socioeconomic status, helps vulnerable communities overcome systemic obstacles. At a time when the divisions in our society are in sharp relief, Good City's mentoring unites us.
This is BLT’s 11th year sponsoring Midnight Mission's annual Holiday Toy Drive. Thank you for all the support you’ve given to our young Angelinos in need!
Each year, toys are collected and distributed at Midnight Mission's Santa's Village in Downtown LA. Parents with financial hardship or graduates of substance recovery programs can personally choose gifts for their children. Midnight Mission will distribute a high-quality, brand name toy to each child along with a stuffed animal, book, and stocking stuffers.
Due to current circumstances, this year’s toy drive will be held via a handy Target Wish List! Select whichever gift(s) you like (or a gift card!) and those will get sent directly to our own marvelous Brandi Seymour who coordinates these annual drives. She will pass them along en masse. Please make sure gifts arrive by December 21st.
Today's the last day for early in-person voting! This year, you can vote at any polling center. Check out these LA landmarks that are open for voting - including Dodger Stadium, The Magic Castle, The Hollywood Bowl, The Pantages (Pro Tip: They're handing out Hamilton "I Voted" stickers!), and more!
BLT Helps was honored to assist Arjuna O'Neal from Share Necessities on updating the signage outside the Next Level CommUNITY Center. They recently underwent a shift in ownership for the project and wanted a new name and fresh look to reflect that.
When asked about the change, Arjuna gave us a bit of backstory:
“Before opening our commUNITY center in the heart of South Central, LA, Share Necessities did some extensive research regarding the services we wanted to offer the local community residents and youth. We learned that the location was surrounded by 5 public schools with very minimal to know resources that supported the youth’s academic endeavors. We also learned that it’s very common for organizations specifically nonprofits to open facilities in under-served but leave shortly after due to financial challenges. Their departure only left a bad taste in the mouths of the community, which created distrust and abandonment concerns. Share Necessities focused on educating and orienting locals with the professional skills and tools in addition to providing everyday living essentials. Our approach allowed us to create leaders and change agents within the community that would eventually be able to carry out the vision Share Necessities initially had. We understood this would be a strategy that would not only empower the community at its core but leave opportunities and exampleship for the youth to eventually follow and participate in as well.
Based on our approach mentioned above, we partnered with local leaders that were already working to raise the vibration in the commUNITY. I used my business background to help the group of leaders create their own nonprofit called The F.O.C.U.S Is On You, which provides similar services but now it’s actual residents of the community. This has gained the ultimate trust and increased the hope for those who initially didn’t believe they had a purpose or a way out. Now seeing their community residents operating the center, Share Necessities has given the entire commUNITY a second chance and a new value system to operate from. We’ve abolished the abandonment narrative for so many and that’s priceless!” – Arjuna O’Neal
Share Necessities is still collecting funds for the center and their current mission is to open a pop-up school (K-5 tent) at the local recreation center two blocks away. They plan to partner with a few organizations to provide healthy lunches, school supplies, and reading books, as well as volunteer teachings and facilitators.
If you would like to help, please check out their website to donate and learn more about F.O.C.U.S and other Share Necessities projects!
With the unprecedented changes in voting this year due to the pandemic, you may be wondering where you can drop off your ballot. LA County has a ballot drop boxes map to help you locate an official dropbox nearby: locator.lavote.net/locations/vbm
These include LA Public Libraries, and various colleges, public places, transit centers, etc. Please be aware there are fake ballot boxes planted around LA, as well. Make sure you verify your voting box location on this Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website and only deposit your ballot into an official dropbox.
You can mail or drop off your ballot anytime before the end of voting on November 3rd - even today! Don't forget to sign (using the same signature used on your driver's license or ID card), date, address (using the address where you're registered/where the ballot was received), and seal the envelope!
Because of the pandemic, many voting rules have changed this year, making it harder than usual to figure out how to cast your ballot.
Use this interactive guide to find out how to register, how to make sure you're registered (always double check even if you voted last time), and how to cast your vote in person or by mail! ... See MoreSee Less
Wildfires are wreaking havoc on California, Oregon, and Washington forcing tens of thousands of people into shelters amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many non-profit organizations are responding to assist first responders, displaced residents and help with recovery. Check out this article for links to donate or volunteer. ... See MoreSee Less
Every Friday in August, the Los Angeles LGBT Center is hosting Food for Thought - a free community event promoting dialog and action around social justice and equality, and combatting food insecurity while supporting local Black-owned restaurants!
Enjoy a FREE, freshly prepared meal by local Black-owned restaurant partners! Stick around for conversations with special guests and learn more about local community programs and resources!
Food for Thought, in partnership with Frontline Foods and The Conversation Truck, will be held at Center South: 2313 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
www.instagram.com/theconversationtruck/Join us each Friday in August at Center South for a FREE freshly-prepared meal provided by local Black-owned restaurant partners! Stick around for conversations with special guests. Reserve your spot today at lalgbtcenter.org/foodforthought ... See MoreSee Less
With over a decade of experience, Humanitarian Affairs Asia is a nonprofit organization based in Thailand, founded with a mission to instill a sense of social consciousness and empower the leaders of tomorrow. They hold seminars, programs, and internships to engage and inspire young people from across the globe to serve communities in need.
BLT Helps assisted Humanitarian Affairs Asia with movie poster inspired advertisements for their upcoming seminars. ... See MoreSee Less
L.A. Emergency Renters Assistance Subsidy Program provides a temporary rent subsidy for eligible residents unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of immigration status. Applications open now and for a limited time: 7/13 - 7/17. Find more info at hcidla.lacity.org ... See MoreSee Less
Pride Month is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex community that spans all races and ages.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of LGBTQI+ Pride Month. The first pride march in New York City was held on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which saw the gay community protesting police brutality - with transgender women of color leading the charge. The Stonewall protests became a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the US and around the world.
In honor of Pride Month, here's a selection of movies and TV shows that celebrate stories that center LGBTQI+ characters. ... See MoreSee Less
Writer Monica Pirani (@monicapirani on Instagram) created these slides, in consultation with historian Uton Onyejekwe (@utonevan), to spread education - which is a part of what Juneteenth is all about! The sources she used are listed on the last slide.
From her post:
"Juneteenth is not the day that all enslaved people were freed, or the day that slavery ended. Juneteenth is a day to commemorate African American Freedom!"
"Please feel free to share these graphics with your loved ones and to your feed! Black History is American History, and unfortunately many of us aren’t taught about Juneteenth. I just learned about it two years ago! There is no need to feel shame or guilt for just learning about this, we know by now that systematic racism effects our education system. You know now, so you can help spread education and awareness!"
Check out this list (growing) of black-owned restaurants you can support right here in Los Angeles.
Kat Hong, a 25-year-old editorial assistant for the Infatuation website in LA, created this Google spreadsheet and will continue to update the list as more businesses are brought to her attention. So email her at email@example.com or hit her up on Twitter (@provoloned) or Instagram (@prosciuttogirl69) if you have anything to add.
Remember to call the restaurants directly whenever possible and please tip as much as you can! ... See MoreSee Less
MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! is a simple but forceful call to action: write the name of someone in the United States who has died from Covid-19 and send it in a stamped envelope to President Donald Trump. This action honors those who have fallen victim to the disease, supports the essential role of our threatened U.S. Postal Service, and delivers bodies, in the form of written names, to where they belong—at the door of The White House.
At the time this campaign was launched in mid-May, 2020, the number of reported cases of infection in the United States was nearly five times more than that of any other country in the world, and the ...
CNN is partnering with Sesame Street for a second special town hall about coronavirus, featuring experts and Sesame Street characters -- including Big Bird, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita and Grover -- answering questions submitted by families.
"The ABCs of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents" will air this Saturday, May 30, at 10am ET and tackle issues such as summer safety, play dates, schooling and how kids and families around the world are creatively coping during these challenging times.
How to watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. It will stream live on CNN.com's homepage and across mobile devices via CNN's apps, without requiring a cable log-in.Join everyone’s favorite furry friends for a new edition of The ABCs of Covid-19: A #CNNSesameStreet Town Hall for Kids and Parents. Tune-in this Saturday, May 30th at 10am ET on CNN. Learn more: m.sesame.org/2X66lPo... See MoreSee Less
Variety - the Children's Charity of Southern California provides life-saving and life-enriching assistance to abused, addicted, physically-challenged, neglected, and/or underprivileged children throughout Southern California. The organization was started by a group of vaudeville performers in 1928 who found a baby abandoned in a theatre on Christmas Eve and were inspired to underwrite the child’s support and education. It has since grown to 43 Chapters in 13 countries, raising over $1.7 billion worldwide to support children in need.
BLT is grateful for Variety's incredible work and is honored to be a regular sponsor of their Annual Variety Charity Auction. The auction usually takes place at CinemaCon but, due to current circumstances, this year's auction was moved online and will benefit our industry families in need of assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Auction items include autographed posters, original artwork and more. Bidding is now live. Register by texting VARIETY20 to 76278 or register online at Variety20.givesmart.com. Variety will be adding more items as the time goes on.
All proceeds from this auction to benefit our colleagues in the industry who need assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis. ... See MoreSee Less
Restaurants have been hit hard by this crisis and many have adapted by selling groceries on top of their usual prepared foods for pickup and delivery.
In addition to being one of our favorite lunch spots, Tender Greens gives back to the community. They have a history of supporting Food on Foot (one of our favorite local grassroots nonprofits) by employing participants in their Work for Food program.
Tender Greens is offering a variety of grocery boxes and items including farm fresh produce; meat and dairy; pantry items like bread, rice, pasta and tomato sauce; baking supplies and fresh ground coffee; and everything you’d need for an indoor picnic including the wine!
Be sure to check out the restaurants you love to see how you can support them - and save yourself a trip to the store!
If you haven't gotten your stimulus check AND the website keeps telling you it can't tell if you qualify, try entering your address in all CAPS. Double check your address matches the one on your 2018 return. You can then enter your direct deposit info.
Rumor has it that it changes everything to APT so if you used Unit #, try using APT instead. ... See MoreSee Less
NASA engineers have designed a mass-producible ventilator tailored to coronavirus patients, and it could get emergency approval from the FDA by the weekend!
It uses one-seventh the number of parts required for a conventional ventilator, making it easier to mass produce quickly. And they'll offer a free license to help get the device into hospitals faster. ... See MoreSee Less
"Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies” is a benefit for the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, dedicated to helping people who work in the motion picture industry and currently providing financial assistance to theater employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.
Tonight at 6pm PT / 9pm ET, join a star-studded celebration of the theatrical filmgoing experience with a LIVE screening of Dirty Dancing hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis.
When the library's Octavia Lab opened in June 2019, it was envisioned as a collaborative work-space for creatives, makers, and hobbyists. Now, it has a new function and focus; fabricating personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals. ... See MoreSee Less
When the library's Octavia Lab opened in June of 2019, it was envisioned as a collaborative work-space for creatives, makers, and hobbyists. Now, as COVID-19 has forced the closure of the library to t...
Illustrator Gayle Kabaker is partnering with Vital Voices and Framebridge to present an opportunity to the public: Nominate a woman in YOUR life who is using her power to empower people during COVID-19 to be included in their portrait series.
Around the world, women are stepping up to face the COVID-19 crisis: serving as frontline healthcare workers; reacting to spikes in gender-based violence; reworking small businesses to sustain economic shock; and providing lifesaving care and supplies to affected areas.
You can nominate someone by going to Gayle Kabaker’s Instagram and in 100 words or less tell them about a heroic woman who is a voice of RESILIENCE during this uncertain time. The winning entry – determined by partners Vital Voices and Framebridge – will receive a custom portrait made by Gayle Kabaker, frame by Framebridge, and will be included in the upcoming Vital Voices: 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower book – coming out this Fall via Assouline.com.
Nominate someone to be featured and celebrated alongside 100 other extraordinary women leaders who are redefining power and leading in new and innovative ways – from US Soccer Team Captain Megan Rapinoe to #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke and more.
Union stagehands in Philadelphia introduced a design that uses live event technology to help convert venues into viable Covid-19 treatment facilities. The design repurposes theatrical trussing to bring lifesaving infrastructure like lighting, power, and oxygen directly to the beds in temporary hospitals like the one in the Liacouras Center.
IATSE, the union that represents these stagehands, said that their hope is that this design can be implemented by technicians in communities around the country. ... See MoreSee Less
Hey Angelenos, the city is planning to "offer a no-fee debit card, dubbed the Angeleno Card, to residents who were beneath the federal poverty line before the COVID-19 crisis began and who had their income reduced by at least another 50% due to the outbreak.
The cards will come with $700, $1,100 or $1,500, depending on the size and income of each household, a news release stated."
Applications must be filled out between 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and 4:30 p.m. Thursday at hcidla.lacity.org or by calling 213-252-3040.
It looks like the website is currently overloaded, so the phone number may be the way to go. ... See MoreSee Less
Join BLT in supporting The Angeleno Campaign, developed by The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles to aid those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Angeleno Campaign was created to receive donations that will be used to provide direct financial assistance to individuals and families in Los Angeles who are facing extreme economic hardship. This includes Angelenos who qualify for federal and state assistance but may not receive those checks for weeks or longer. There will be no administrative costs to operate this campaign – every dollar donated will be used to assist Angelenos in need. The Angeleno Campaign has a goal of raising $10 million to provide direct financial assistance for up to 20,000 recipients.
To donate, visit MayorsFundLA.org/Angeleno or text LALOVE to 21000. ... See MoreSee Less
There's a significant shortage of COVID-19 related relief items. Currently, the Flexport.org Fund exclusively focuses on supporting the sourcing and transport of supplies related to the coronavirus pandemic. By helping to cover the logistics costs, you’re enabling supplies worth thousands of dollars to reach people in need.
Flexport.org enables organizations to deliver global aid and impact – and meet their sustainability goals with greater ease and lower costs. Currently, they are working with nonprofits, government agencies, and companies around the world to get urgently needed supplies such as personal protective equipment and hygiene items into the hands of frontline responders and at risk communities.
You can donate on their website or by check or wire transfer. We're all in this together! ... See MoreSee Less
There is a significant shortage of COVID-19 related relief items. Currently, the Flexport.org Fund exclusively focuses on supporting the sourcing and transport of supplies related to the coronavirus p...
In celebration of World Health Day, we are extremely grateful to nurses, midwives, doctors, and other health workers across the globe who have put themselves on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you to our health heroes for all your hard work and dedication! <3
The UN is calling on creatives to translate critical public health messages into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities, and platforms to combat the global Covid-19 crisis. The shortlisted work will reach everyone, everywhere.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Together, we can save lives, protect resources, and care for each other. <3 ... See MoreSee Less
Please join this free webinar to learn more about non-profits. What you’ll gain by attending:
* See what grant funders are doing to increase their giving, during this time * Learn new strategies to maneuver through this COVID-19 environment * Find out how celebrities are stepping up their philanthropy and more! ... See MoreSee Less
In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. To support you, Ten Percent Happier has created a Coronavirus Sanity Guide. The free meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos. They’re adding more resources as they're created - so keep checking back. ❤️
The #CDC recommends humming the Happy Birthday song twice while washing your hands for a full 20 seconds of lathering. Sick of singing "Happy Birthday?" Here are 10 pop songs with choruses that will also do the trick!
Leer en español Ukulele Kit Details Kit includes instrument, case, chord book, and tuner. Return in person at the circulation desk. Check out period is three weeks. Check out one kit per library card...
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and Black History Month, composer and jazz pianist Jason Moran returns to The Soraya to perform his Oscar-nominated score, accompanying Ava DuVernay’s 2014 film, Selma, on the large screen. Moran (Artistic Director for jazz at The Kennedy Center) will be joined by New West Symphony.
Selma dramatizes the events leading up to King’s landmark 1965 march for voting rights. About Moran’s astonishing first feature film score, Film Music Magazine noted, “It’s an unstoppable sense of history-making that could perhaps only be captured by a musician so steeped in jazz and its cultural heritage.”
Selma earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Film, Director, Actor, and Song for “Glory” (by John Legend and Common, who also appeared in the film). “Glory” also earned the Oscar for Best Original Song.
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches, March 7–25, 1965.
SELMA WITH LIVE SCORE by JASON MORAN The Soraya Saturday, February 1 at 8pm $37-$86
This Saturday, January 25, thousands of Angelenos will flock to their favorite cultural institutions for a day of freebies and fun. 2020’s SoCal Museum Free-For-All (now in its 15th year) joins over 40 Southern California arts and culture institutions for one day of free admission.
Participants include some museums that are free year-round (The Getty, Hammer Museum, The Broad) along with many others that normally charge admission fees (Natural History Museum, LACMA, Kidspace Museum, La Brea Tar Pits Museum, The Autry, and many more). Have fun! ... See MoreSee Less
The dogs and cats at the Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles' Lifesaving Center are looking for temporary homes where they can enjoy a break from stressful shelter life. Their foster open house is making it easier than ever for you to take a foster pet home on the spot!
Just 5 days of fostering can make a huge difference in the life of a homeless pet. They'll provide all the materials and resources needed to foster - all you need to provide is space in your home. ... See MoreSee Less
Shoutout to our “LGBLT” group for kickstarting a project to bring holiday gifts to our local seniors at the Triangle Square Senior Center. Due to everyone’s generosity, they more than met their goal and took over 2 carloads packed full of beautiful blankets to brighten the holidays. The center staff was blown away. Thanks to everyone that contributed! Happy Holidays! ... See MoreSee Less
This is the 10th year BLT has supported Midnight Mission’s annual Holiday Toy Drive!
With your help over the past decade, we've collected 1000+ gifts for underprivileged kids here in Los Angeles. Toys are distributed at Midnight Mission’s Santa’s Village in Downtown LA. Parents queue up early Christmas morning with their children, waiting to take them into Santa’s Village where the kids can scoop up some gifts. Each child receives a high-quality, brand name toy along with a stuffed animal, book, and stocking stuffers.
Huge thanks to Midnight Mission and everyone who has helped brighten the holiday season for these families! ... See MoreSee Less
This amazing nonprofit provides residential rehabilitation services and vocational training for substance abusers and convicted criminals.
For over 45 years, they’ve empowered thousands of residents to become their own solution, addressing generations of poverty, illiteracy, lack of job skills, hard core substance abuse, homelessness, crime, violence, teen pregnancy, and emotional and physical abuse. After an average of four years (a minimum stay of two years), residents gain an academic education, three marketable skills, accountability and responsibility, dignity, decency, and integrity.
In addition to residential programs all over the country, Delancey does fundraising through their annual Christmas tree lots! This also provides important vocational training in the basics of sales, particularly for new residents. Holiday buyers can also purchase mistletoe, indoor tree lights, decorated wreaths, living potted pines, tree removal bags, and water bowls for trees. Los Angeles locations include Echo Park, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach.
No matter where you get your tree, don’t forget to ask for flame retardant! Have a safe and happy holiday season! ... See MoreSee Less
Downtown Women's Center's new MADE by DWC Home & Gift Collection is created with love by the women of DWC. Your purchase funds their career & mentorship programs that provides a path out of homelessness.
This holiday season, shop for MADE by DWC gifts online at MADEbyDWC.org or find them at their resale shop on Los Angeles St. & cafe on San Pedro St. in #DTLA or at the following places in #LA: Raven + Lily, Gifts for Good, The Little Market, Ten Thousand Villages (Pasadena), To the Market, Vroman's, Bedhead Pajamas, Hauser & Wirth, Marshall's Retail Group, Dust Muffin, Fancifull Gift Basket, Art Box, Los Angeles County Store, PIH Health, Kaiser Permanente (Downey), Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Mindfulnest Santa Monica, Kindred, Limonaia, Larkellen, Serendipity Gifts, The Soulfull Project, & Skirball Center ... See MoreSee Less
The Los Angeles Fire Department encourages you to be prepared in the event of a brush fire.
For those of you living near the current incidents, be vigilant and keep your TV or radio on. Make certain you have your family critical papers, phone data, pets, and other valuables ready to evacuate if so directed.
Ready, Set, Go is an important program designed to help you and your family stay safe. Here is the latest on how you can be prepared.
The Los Angeles Fire Department encourages you to be prepared in the event of a brush fire. For those of you living near the current incidents, be vigilant and keep your TV or radio on. Make certain y...
The Source, a program of the Los Angeles Public Library, offers a one-stop-shop of free resources & supportive services for low-income Angelenos and those experiencing homelessness.
Check out the schedule to locate the offerings near you. Services vary by location and may include:
- Same day transportation to emergency shelter - Free California ID vouchers for the DMV - Free cell phones - Enrollment into Medi-Cal and CalFresh - Employment assistance - Mental health services - HIV education and resources - Child support services - Referrals to expert providers - Free lunch, haircut, shower, laundry vouchers - Housing assessment through the Coordinated Entry System ... See MoreSee Less
Free Health & Homeless Shelter Services The Source offers a one-stop-shop of resources and services to help homeless Angelenos transition to independent and supported living. Services are also availab...
Most of what kids see in books today are harmful stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native people in history. These books help counter that bias. Indigenous people are very much a part of today’s society. With their stories, Indigenous writers share the range of their lives, past and present, and we hope that you’ll embrace and share their stories. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, we celebrate the people who first called this land home. We remember the struggles and tragedies they endured. We honor their place in and contributions to the shared story of America. ... See MoreSee Less
Join The Big Draw's annual drawing festival with these free events at local Apple stores all month long!
The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity that promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression, and invention.
Since its inception in October 2000, The Big Draw Festival has grown from a one day celebration of drawing in the UK to an annual month-long festival of drawing across the world, encouraging over four million people back to the drawing board. It has notched up two world records – for the longest drawing in the world (one kilometer) and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously – over 7,000!
“We all know nations that can be identified by the flight of writers from their shores. These are regimes whose fear of unmonitored writing is justified because truth is trouble...Therefore, the historical suppression of writers is the earliest harbinger of the steady peeling away of additional rights and liberties that will follow.” —Toni Morrison, Burn This Book
Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled. It is the mission and responsibility of libraries to present multifarious viewpoints, and this is why the American Library Association joins other organizations to support Banned Books Week.
Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled. It is the mission and responsibility of libr...
On Saturday night, a team of illustrators from BLT volunteered their time and talents to sketch caricatures at Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen's HFC County Fair!
The carnival-style event was jam-packed with rides, games, comedy, live music, and interactive performances as well as celebrity guest stars such as Tony Hawk, Anderson .Paak, Adam Devine, Busy Philipps, Josh Gad, Ilana Glazer, Nick Kroll, Andrew Rannells, Jeff Ross, Ben Feldman, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, Casey Wilson, Ike Barinholtz, Regina Hall, and more.
Huge thanks to Seth and Lauren and everyone at HFC for all that you do, and for the opportunity to be part of such an incredible event. We had a blast!
To learn more about Hilarity for Charity and how you can support their mission to fight Alzheimer's, check out hilarityforcharity.org/
To counter racist socialization and racial bias, experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations, and can also be used to model what it means to resist and dismantle oppression.
Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice. Children not only need to know what individual, institutional, and internalized racism looks like, they need to know what they can do about it. ... See MoreSee Less
Head to your local library during September to see what's new and take part in the celebration. Many libraries offer free art, wellness, and language classes, workshops, lectures, art exhibitions, and more. And, of course, books, films, and music are available both in your local branch and online. Have friends who don't have library cards? Invite them to join you!
The Original Rescue Dog Hike is a multi-serving non-profit that not only raises money for animal welfare but also gives potential pet parents the opportunity to bond with a handful of adoptable pets! The $45 dollars it costs to essentially rent-a-dog for the afternoon helps to keep the organization running in addition to scoring a group of lucky four-legged (and two-legged) friends the chance to get exercise and socialize. ... See MoreSee Less
With the number of people falling into homelessness on the rise, NIMBYs thwarting attempts to build bridge and affordable housing, and misconceptions and misinformation being spouted out carelessly, we can make a concerted effort to combat these problems by challenging our own perception, educating ourselves, and increasing our understanding of the issues and our homeless neighbors.
LA Family Housing put together a list of books that can provide you some conversation material for your next dinner party. Through education, dialogue, and compassion, we can start to shift the narrative on who our homeless neighbors are and work together toward solutions that we know work. ... See MoreSee Less