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There are children in our cities who are lost to gangs as early as age six – not out of choice, but for survival. They are caught in a cruel and relentless cycle of poverty, pain and violence. Urban Compass is dedicated to ending this cycle now and replacing it with an environment of hope and a future of possibilities. By guiding our city’s youth along a path paved with education, mentoring, and play, Urban Compass will allow children not simply to survive, but to thrive.

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How was I exposed to this? Theresa Gartland ,A native of the Washington D.C. area, and graduate of Villanova University, Theresa moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University where she received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Theresa Gartland has a passion for working in communities with the greatest need for educators. She participated in the Response-Ability Volunteer teacher program while she earned her degree and lived in a faith-based community in South Los Angeles.

This friend from back east, would tell stories of how early young children were being exposed to gang life . There was very little  place for children in these areas to play safely, let alone learn.

She also told me the incredible story of Co-Director DeAnthony Langston.

deanthonyDeAnthony grew up in Nickerson Gardens and attended 112th Street Elementary. And while many of his boyhood friends ended up in prison or dead, DeAnthony was fortunate. He attended Verbum Dei High School and it changed his life. After college, he played professional basketball in Japan, where he had the opportunity to learn another culture and language. Following his illustrious basketball career, he returned to Watts, to give something back and make a difference.

Parents trust Urban Compass with their children because they trust DeAnthony. He is a role model for
the children. He didn’t join a gang. He graduated from college and traveled around the world. He beat
the odds. He is a living example of what is possible if we give these kids a chance to believe in
themselves and pursue their dreams.

Because of this level of dedication I am an avid supporter of Urban Compass.

The organization is having a great fundraiser where  you can see the ten original portraits in Andy Warhol’s Athletes Series,

courtesy of Richard Weisman, paired with artwork from youth in Watts. Please join them for wine and hors d’oeurves while they celebrate this historic exhibition and support a great cause. Here is all the info…

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Hello Urban Compass Supporters!

We have one month until the Warhol & Watts Art Show at Pharmaka on May 9th. Hopefully we will see all of you at this amazing event.

If you haven’t done so, we urge you to purchase your tickets today! The Urban Compass children are in need of your support.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
Purchase tickets online at: http://www.urbancompass.org
click the *donate* button, then under *designation* enter *Warhol and Watts*
OR
Send checks to:
Urban Compass
11100 South Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Urban Compass phone number: (323) 383-7588

Thanks for your support!

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There are children in our cities who are lost to gangs as early as age six – not out of choice, but for survival. They are caught in a cruel and relentless cycle of poverty, pain and violence. Urban Compass is dedicated to ending this cycle now and replacing it with an environment of hope and a future of possibilities. By guiding our city’s youth along a path paved with education, mentoring, and play, Urban Compass will allow children not simply to survive, but to thrive.

theresa

How was I exposed to this? Theresa Gartland ,A native of the Washington D.C. area, and graduate of Villanova University, Theresa moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University where she received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Theresa Gartland has a passion for working in communities with the greatest need for educators. She participated in the Response-Ability Volunteer teacher program while she earned her degree and lived in a faith-based community in South Los Angeles.

This friend from back east, would tell stories of how early young children were being exposed to gang life . There was very little  place for children in these areas to play safely, let alone learn.

She also told me the incredible story of Co-Director DeAnthony Langston.

deanthonyDeAnthony grew up in Nickerson Gardens and attended 112th Street Elementary. And while many of his boyhood friends ended up in prison or dead, DeAnthony was fortunate. He attended Verbum Dei High School and it changed his life. After college, he played professional basketball in Japan, where he had the opportunity to learn another culture and language. Following his illustrious basketball career, he returned to Watts, to give something back and make a difference.

Parents trust Urban Compass with their children because they trust DeAnthony. He is a role model for
the children. He didn’t join a gang. He graduated from college and traveled around the world. He beat
the odds. He is a living example of what is possible if we give these kids a chance to believe in
themselves and pursue their dreams.

Because of this level of dedication I am an avid supporter of Urban Compass.

The organization is having a great fundraiser where  you can see the ten original portraits in Andy Warhol’s Athletes Series,

courtesy of Richard Weisman, paired with artwork from youth in Watts. Please join them for wine and hors d’oeurves while they celebrate this historic exhibition and support a great cause. Here is all the info…

2009_05_warholtowatts_small

Hello Urban Compass Supporters!

We have one month until the Warhol & Watts Art Show at Pharmaka on May 9th. Hopefully we will see all of you at this amazing event.

If you haven’t done so, we urge you to purchase your tickets today! The Urban Compass children are in need of your support.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
Purchase tickets online at: http://www.urbancompass.org
click the *donate* button, then under *designation* enter *Warhol and Watts*
OR
Send checks to:
Urban Compass
11100 South Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Urban Compass phone number: (323) 383-7588

Thanks for your support!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contacts:

 


Theresa Gartland Rebecca O’Leary

tgartland@urbancompass.org rebecca.oleary@gmail.com

323.383.7588 323.791.4394

 

WARHOL and WATTS

A fundraiser event benefitting Urban Compass and Pharmaka,

two non-profit organizations serving the Los Angeles urban community.


When:  Saturday, May 9th index_logo

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Pharmaka

101 West 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tickets: $30-$100

www.urbancompass.org

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ONE NIGHT ONLY

 

On May 9, 2009 Pharmaka will exhibit the ten original portraits from the Athlete Series by Andy Warhol, courtesy of Richard Weisman. Alongside the original Warhols will be artwork by the children in the Urban Compass program. All of the children’s work will be for sale.

 

Urban Compass is a nonprofit organization in Watts whose main goal is to keep children in school and out of gangs. Urban Compass provides a safe, welcoming, and innovative environment that challenges youth to envision and navigate a course for a rewarding future characterized by achievement, independent thought, and social responsibility through education, mentoring, and play.

Pharmaka is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a creative and sustainable community in Downtown Los Angeles. It is Pharmaka’s intent to explore the place and purpose of contemporary art by engaging and educating the community of downtown Los Angeles through curated exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions, podcasts, and accessible community programming and events.

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Sunday, back in D.C. and hanging out with a lot of old friends and loving it!

It seemed that I was surrounded by a sea of loving, gifted, and creative energy. People living by example and not opininon. Especially my old childhood friend Tony Powell. Tony’s energy was positive, almost contagious! He eagerly wanted to sop up every aspect of positivity around him, and convert it into “life excitement”.

This is definitely a man who made a clear decision to embrace family and friends, using them as a pool of wisdom AND knowledge.

He’s even been dubbed “a 21st Century Renaissance Man” by the Washington Post.  Powell is a choreographer, composer, painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and writer.

He is a 1995 graduate of the Juilliard School and directed his own dance company, Tony Powell/Music & Movement, for 10 years. This native Washingtonian has won numerous awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for his choreography, and his 4th String Quartet received the first ever Metro DC Dance Award for Original Music.

He has written three scores for the Internationally-renowned Parsons Dance Company, and he has created over 100 ballets for companies including The Joffrey Ballet, The Washington Ballet, The Maryland Youth Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Manassas Dance Company, and Odyssey Dance Theater.

His largest commissioned piece, Contredanse, for 18 dancers of Odyssey Dance Theatre, premiered in March 2007. “Impulse,” his most recent work for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago was selected to illustrate the cover of the August 2007 issue of Dance Magazine. He currently has commissions to create works for Philadanco, the Ailey School , and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in Denver, Colorado.

Support for the creation of his work has come from The Cafritz Foundation, The Washington Post Company, The Meyer Foundation, Verizon, Philip Morris, The Mead Family Foundation, Allesee Family Foundation, The Dreyfus Foundation, and The Philip L. Graham Fund, among others. He has taught ballet and modern dance techniques at The Washington School of Ballet, The Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet, Towson University, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, Manassas School of Dance, Joy of Motion, Feet First, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Jones Haywood School of Ballet. Also Tony has a new blog http://wwww.tonypowell.wordpress.com its a work in progress.. and it may already be up and running as I type this.

Once again Tony, good luck on all your ventures! It has been a pleasure and most of all….FUN!

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I wish I could leap like this! However there would be a strong chance I would land on our dog Angel, roll out the door and land face first in the recycling bin. Our trip to D.C. gave us a chance to reunite with longtime childhood friend, Tony Powell. He introduced us to his lovely wife, Kellie and thier wonderful kids! What a prosperous and loving family. Kellie told a little about her passion for dance.

This gal has got dance in her blood. Kellie first entered the dance studio at the age of three. Through her many years of training, she studied ballet (both Vaganova & Cecchetti methods), pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, & modern with her grandmother, a former Rockette. This training was supplemented and enhanced by her work at The Duke Ellington School for the arts and several professional dance companies. She was founding member and ballet mistress of Tony Powell/Music & Movement* , and Adrain Bolton Dance Company. With these very successful dance companies Kellie graced many area stages including such venues as The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Publick Playhouse, and New York’s City Center.

Wow. Damn. Wow again. I JUST LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY LOVE!

Kellie also told us about her dance company”Fusion”…. She and her business partner Candra Preshong saw an opportunity to not only create dance scholarships for under privileged kids in the D.C. area but to work with schools and other non-profit organizations to support performing arts programs, parent teachers associations, and offer the services of our professional dance company to organizations that otherwise would not be able to afford it.

Did you know that kids who participate in dance are less likely to be overweight? Dance also teaches coordination and rhythm, while instilling discipline, increasing strength and improving posture. Kids also learn how to participate in a structured environment, follow directions, and have respect for themselves and others.

For adults, and especially seniors, dancing provides an opportunity for socializing and building relationships, as well as reducing stress and boosting their immune systems. And for kids and adults of any age – its just plain fun!

If you’d like to donate to this worthy organization –http://fusiondancecompany.org/Support3.html

* Tony, what’s a ballet mistress?

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I will be at my Tempe office May 7th -May 12th.Should be a great trip! During my “downtime” I’ll be checking out The Art Walk in Chandler. Looks like it’ll be great fun! Take a look…

This month’s featured artist has made it way cool to be environmentally conscious! Join us during this coming 1st Wednesday Art Walk in Downtown Chandler to experience unique “upcycled” (*see below) artwork by local artist, Sandy Schimmel-Gold. Sandy creates an under-painting, and then carefully places a mosaic of junk-mail and greeting cards she has received over the years—so environmentally conscious!

Also, we will be hosting a wine tasting of some of our boutique wines selected by our fabulous in-house wine expert, Tonya. Ask Tonya to help you select the perfect wine for your Mother’s Day dinner….OR pair your wine with some amazing Vosges chocolate, available at Inspirador. A selection of Vosges Chocolates and gifts are 40% off during the show and an incredible gift to give…don’t miss out!

What: Art, Wine & Chocolate

Where: TRYST Art Gallery @ Inspirador

When: Wednesday, May 7th 2008 5-9pm

Contact: Amy Marvin, Creative Director 888-638-2671

“Upcycling”

The term Upcycling was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book on ecologically intelligent design, Cradle to Cradle.

Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use or value.

(Definition provided by http://www.schimmelart.com)

1-800-Venus by Sandy Schimmel-Gold www.schimmelart.com

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I will be at my Tempe office May 7th -May 12th.Should be a great trip! During my “downtime” I’ll be checking out The Art Walk in Chandler. Looks like it’ll be great fun! Take a look…

This month’s featured artist has made it way cool to be environmentally conscious! Join us during this coming 1st Wednesday Art Walk in Downtown Chandler to experience unique “upcycled” (*see below) artwork by local artist, Sandy Schimmel-Gold. Sandy creates an under-painting, and then carefully places a mosaic of junk-mail and greeting cards she has received over the years—so environmentally conscious!

Also, we will be hosting a wine tasting of some of our boutique wines selected by our fabulous in-house wine expert, Tonya. Ask Tonya to help you select the perfect wine for your Mother’s Day dinner….OR pair your wine with some amazing Vosges chocolate, available at Inspirador. A selection of Vosges Chocolates and gifts are 40% off during the show and an incredible gift to give…don’t miss out!

What: Art, Wine & Chocolate

Where: TRYST Art Gallery @ Inspirador

When: Wednesday, May 7th 2008 5-9pm

Contact: Amy Marvin, Creative Director 888-638-2671

“Upcycling”

The term Upcycling was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book on ecologically intelligent design, Cradle to Cradle.

Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use or value.

(Definition provided by http://www.schimmelart.com)

1-800-Venus by Sandy Schimmel-Gold www.schimmelart.com

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