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TUESDAYS 7- 10 p.m.
Different live model each week
$12 suggested donation per session
We start with 2 minute poses and go up to 25 minutes
Art benches provided - Bring your own materials
Like a Bird Rising Out of Ashes
Children of Migrant Workers working at Avenue 50 Studio
Like a Bird Rising Out of Ashes is a project funded by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs through an Artist in Residence grant received by Tina Demirdjian, poet and teacher of poetry in Los Angeles. Through a series of poetry, visual and media art workshops, the grant honors children of migrant workers by developing an awareness of their surroundings through self-expression by applying their new skills in different art mediums. The grant partners with Los Angeles Unified School District’s Migrant Education Program, working with their Saturday School Program that invites children of migrant workers throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, the grant developed a partnership with Avenue 50 Studio www.avenue50studio.com in Council District #1 to allow students to work in a gallery setting to promote a more creative and stimulating environment.
Grant recipient Demirdjian began as a poet in 1990 working with Manazar Gamboa and has read her work at venues throughout Los Angeles and is published nationwide. Her book IMPRINT was published thanks to a grant from the City of Glendale Arts and Culture Commission and further funding from an ARC grant from the Durfee Foundation. Demirdjian invited local artist Mr. Zelman Lara-Salas, visual artist and poet, and Mr. Jesus Montes Jr., videographer (already an artist with the Migrant Education Program) to help her develop a “whole program” -- one that bridges three art forms offering a unique approach to the students’ idea of home.
The Migrant Education Program is federally funded and designed to enrich and respond to the educational and health needs of migrant children. The program is in addition to the supplemental services already being received by the students and provided for all children though the Los Angeles Unified School District’s basic program.
The culmination and reception for the students’ poetry, gallery show, and video presentation will be held at the completion of the program.