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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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My job has introduced me to many fascinating people. People with vision. Folks who truly want to bring forth change. Theresa Gartland is one of them. I met Theresa a few years ago at my office with a few of her friends. She had a warm, even angelic sweetness to her. I asked her what she was doing in her life. She responded ” I work as a teacher in L.A.”. I thought Santa Monica or something similar. “Where?” I asked. “Compton”. I looked at Theresa, she seemed to have more in common with suburbia than the inner city. I asked her why. She replied “I want to help”…straight and to the point. Her dream is to help others achieve their dreams.

Guiding Youth Toward a Hopeful Future

Theresa is now part of Urban Compass.

Urban Compass was formed in partnership with Verbum Dei High School and 112th Street Elementary School to combat poverty and violence and make a difference in the lives of children in Watts. Together they capture children
at a very volatile age and offer an alternative model for them: an environment that challenges our young people
to envision a rewarding future.

Urban Compass operates after school and summer programs at Verbum Dei High School to serve
students from 112th Street Elementary School and Sage Child Care Center. They provide tutoring
support, enrichment activities and field trips to keep the children engaged in a positive learning
experience – and off the streets.

Very important stuff. Giving kids the chance to enhance their lives in an environment that supports them.

In July, Urban Compass held a four-week summer camp for 15 students.
Participants and family members went on field trips each day; including
excursions to the Los Angeles Zoo, California Science Center, Hollywood
Bowl, and Cabrillo Aquarium.
The summer camp culminated at Mater Dei High
School, where Urban Compass participants spent a week with Mater Dei
students participating in academic, artistic, and athletic activities. This
program will be expanded next year to engage additional kids from Watts in
programs that keep them out of trouble through the summer months.

I am very supportive of this organization and the good they do. Volunteer opportunities are available for groups and individuals. In order to provide a stable presence in our participants’ lives, they ask that all volunteers commit to at least a semester of service (usually five months). Actual volunteer duties will be assigned in conjunction with interests and expertise. Ongoing training is provided. Background checks are required to work with children. For more information, please contact Urban Compass at (323) 383-7588.

Please feel free to donate online http://partners.guidestar.org/controller/searchResults.gs?action_donateReport=1&partner=networkforgood&ein=20-2438382

Thanks Theresa, for telling me about this wonderful non-profit. Keep up the good work!

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I gave you love with a brand new start
Thats what you needed the most
To set your broken heart free

I know you cried, and you felt blue
But when I could I gave strength to you
Im waiting for the day when you can love again

“I’m Waiting for the Day” – The Beach Boys

No matter what one’s beleif system is, children should not suffer. This post is NOT about choosing sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Children shouldn’t have to use old shrapnel as a way to build a make beleive home for Barbie and Ken. I do not have the political insight to even try talking about this awful stalemate ( and yes,perhaps I should take the time to learn). Stagnation is a sure route to pain and violence. Kids battle this with one surefire method…Play!

A few days ago I had a wonderful introduction with Susan Abulhawa.

Playgrounds for Palestine was founded after Palestinian human rights activist, Susan Abulhawa, visited her home in Jerusalem after nearly 20 years in exile in August 2001.

The concept for building a playground for children who are exposed to blood and violence is a good and worthy one…I wish there were more like this. None of us know how many more tomorrows we have…especially these kids. I would think that they would spend many of those tomorrows at the playground…if they could. Once again Susan it was apleasure to meet you and I wish much success with this endeavor. Learn more at http://www.playgroundsforpalestine.org .

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