The annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record as the largest public art event of its kind, celebrated its 23rd anniversary on Father’s Day Weekend, 2015 at Paseo Colorado (280 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101). The annual festival is free of charge and attracts tens of thousands of spectators. For results of the event see our most recent blogpost! Over 600 artists from all across Southern California and beyond come to create 200 spectacular chalk murals on concrete surfaces in every style imaginable. In addition to the unique opportunity to watch artists at work, guests will be treated to live music and entertainment throughout the weekend, free of charge. The art of street painting is centuries old. In fact, it goes back to the 16th century and provided a living for many itinerant artists after World War Two. In more recent times, street painting has been popularized in festivals throughout Europe and North and South America. Produced by Light Bringer Project since 1993, the Pasadena Chalk Festival continues to benefit the community arts programs of the organization, and supports its innovative arts and learning programs in our public schools. To sign up for the upcoming event and to get more information please visit: www.pasadenachalkfestival.com. View images from the 2015 Chalk festival HERE All photo credit goes to Brian Biery [caption id="attachment_1221" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Susan Naples[/caption] The 38th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade - Sunday, November 22nd, 11AM, in East Pasadena! Like Doo Dah on Facebook The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be making its 38th appearance this fall, in its pre-Thanksgiving time slot! Known as the twisted sister of the traditional Rose Parade, Doo Dah began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire. The parade, which has spawned numerous off-beat replicants across the country, was named by Readers Digest as America’s Best Parade, and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die! The following information will be updated for the 2015 event soon: If you are interested in being an entry in the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, download your entry form at http://pasadenadoodahparade.info/entry-form/. If you have an questions about being an entry, please call Patricia Hurley at 626-590-1134. The notorious Queen Tryouts are held annually and open to everyone, and we mean it! Tryouts were held on May 25th, at the American Legion Post 280 in East Pasadena. Queen Narayana will rein over the 2014 parade on Saturday, November 15th. Please visit the website for more details. Last year, scores of inventive, if zany, mutant art cars and floats accompanied a legion of frolickers past the mom-n-pop shops along East Pasadena’s shady tree-lined streets. After-parties were scheduled at many locations along the parade route. Parade visitors call the Doo Dah Hotline, the number will be posted soon. View photos from the 2013 Doo Dah Parade HERE All photo credit goes to Brian Biery Expressing Feelings Through Art (Los Angeles County High Schools) Expressing Feelings Through Art, is an arts and literacy prevention program delivered to public high school students of L.A. County. Begun in 1982, the program is a partnership of Light Bringer Project, a community-based nonprofit, and Mental Health America of Los Angeles, which is dedicated to service and education for mental health recovery and wellness. Expressing Feelings Through Art (EFTA) is highly valued by faculty participants and serves approximately 600 students per year. In the course of the program, students in 9th through 12th grades are challenged to create works of art that tell stories that hold personal meanings for them. Topics run the gamut of subject matter and emotional tone and are often as moving as they are original. The students must also engage in an exercise of writing that sheds light on their visual imagery, provoking a thoughtful articulation of the stories they were artistically driven to tell. A standards-based syllabus and instructional guidebook is also provided to each teacher. The curriculum, itself, is designed to broaden the students’ understanding of traditional and contemporary artmaking techniques, and to help strengthen their creative voices. For many of the students who find artmaking to be cathartic, this mentored self-exploration is very powerful. At year’s end, a jury of community artists and writers give awards and small scholarships to outstanding students. The Annual EFTA Exhibition and Awards Receptions have been held throughout Los Angeles, to provide easy access to all the students and families of L.A. County. These locations include: The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles City Hall, Pasadena Central Library, Watts Towers Arts Center, Olvera Street Art Gallery, Beverly Hills City Hall, Otis College of Art and Design, TBWA\Chiat\Day Advertising Agency, Polytechnic High School, Hollywood Library, and the Judson Gallery at Judson Studios. We believe that EFTA has contributed greatly to the students’ self-esteem, and has gone a long way to build their visual and communication skills. Perhaps, equally important, it gives them a positive outlet through which they can tell us what matters to them most. If you are a high school art teacher in Los Angeles County and would like to enter your students’ work, please contact us before the deadline in April, 2015, to find out how at 626-590-1134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The 2014 Exhibition and Awards Ceremony was held on May 11th at Art Center College of Design.
Community Advocacy Light Bringer Project has a policy of volunteering and supporting organizations (arts and non-arts related) and serving various sectors of the community. Many of us sit on boards of directors and committees, supporting with our energies and expertise. Tom Coston served as one of the founding board members of Leadership Pasadena, and helped steer the organization in its early years. Patricia Hurley then continued Light Bringer's participation on the board, and as a coordinator for the annual Arts & Culture session. Light Bringer also partners with other community organizations like Villa Esperanza Services, helping individuals with special needs, and Day One facilitating youth events, such as the painting of a mural as part of Block 9 Youth Week (photo above). In this way, Light Bringer keeps the arts alive in the minds and hearts of leaders in organizations in Pasadena's unique community.