sea of privilege and poverty . . . But language can bring together
what even highways cannot." -- Tayllor Johnson (Teen Get Lit Player)
Dear Families & Friends,
In just six short years, Get Lit has become one of Southern California's leading providers of programs devoted to teen literacy -- turning thousands of at-risk Los Angeles high school students on to the power of poetry! We wouldn't be where we are today without your generous financial support. You have helped us bring arts education to over 16,000 Los Angeles teens!!!
But we have more work to do! Current literacy statistics show that California ranks 2nd to last in the nation. Estimates put Los Angeles County high school drop out rates around 50% and state funding cuts will take an even more devastating toll on education in California where many school arts programs have been eradicated.
Get Lit is making progress in fighting against these statistics and this year we are embarking upon our most ambitious year yet by launching the first ever CLASSIC SLAM poetry event which will give teens from areas like Watts, Hollywood, the Valley, Beverly Hills, S. Angeles, Compton, Malibu, etc... the chance to share their stories and compete for poetic supremacy!
But we need to raise $75,000 to cover core operating expenses and to make this event happen! We have already secured $25,000 and I am writing to ask for your support so we can secure the remaining $50,000.
Epic($1,000) -Helps provide 1 semester-long in-school program
Sonnet($500) - Makes possible one "Get Lit Player" Performance reaching 200-1,000 students
Ballad($250) - Provides 5 after school classes for up to 30 teens (each)
Limerick($100) - Provides one all-day Get Lit workshop for 15 students
Villanelle($50) - Covers Get Lit workshop materials for 10 students
Haiku($25) - Covers Get Lit workshop materials for 5 students
You can donate to Get Lit in a variety of ways. It's as easy as a click of a button. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover. Visithttp://getlit.org/support.asp or send checks to: Get Lit - Words Ignite, 142 N. Hayworth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Please help us reach more of our community's teens and inspire them to a world of learning through participation in the arts. Ask your friends and family to join us and check for employer matching programs. All donations are tax deductible and every gift counts! Together we can watch the teens in our own communities THRIVE!
Thank you so much for your generosity!
Sincerely, Diane Luby Lane Founder and Executive Director
On Sunday, October 2, 2011, the historic Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles will erupt with Trespass, a parade where artists and residents will rally together to engage in art, music, dancing, floats, community activism, and performance. The parade is just one component of Trespass – a collaborative project between Arto Lindsay, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and West of Rome Public Art (WoR) that also includes a party and a T-shirt project with call-to-action slogans.
Trespass is part of the opening weekend of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 – a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene.
The parade will travel north on Broadway with rolling street closures over more than 25 blocks. Influential contemporary artists and performers will perform in and along the parade route such as Ann Magnuson. The finale includes a special KILLSONIC performance along the Grand Avenue cultural corridor with an ending reception at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) as well as at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater). A parade map will be posted online soon.
As part of Trespass, many Los Angeles art luminaries, including John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Nancy Rubins, and Jeffrey Vallance, were asked to produce statements – personal calls to action expressing political or social concerns – which will be worn on T-shirts at the October 2nd parade. Many of the participating artists will also join in with performative pieces.
Trespass continues into Monday evening, October 3rd with Trespassparty, a blowout celebration at Union Station featuring interactive and musical performances by progressive artists to benefit nonprofit West of Rome.
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