To Build Communities Through The Power Of The Arts
It is our MISSION to expand and inspire arts & cultural opportunities for people of all ages.
It is our VISION to serve alone and as an active partner with organizations (public and private) and individuals, in pursuit of advancing arts opportunities for all.
We wish to be an encouraging model for new and emerging arts groups as well as individual artists and teachers; We wish to foster self-actualizing experiences and employment for artists, to stimulate their creative production and success in the world.
We wish to inspire youth, by building an understanding and appreciation for creativity and art, early in their lives. And we wish to engage the public in original art acts, and arts experiences that draw them closer to the world of art and the stories of our lives.
Cultural Activities & Special Events
Through the 1990’s, Light Bringer Project became an active producer of visual, performing and literary arts programs that highlighted creative 'voices’ from all sectors of the community. Our activities were designed to create public awareness, cultivate volunteers and bring additional resources to bear on areas of community need. The organization also emerged as a producer of major public art events. The most notable among these are the Pasadena Chalk Festival, the world’s largest street painting festival, and the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, the annual spoof of the Tournament of Roses. Both annual events engage thousands of artists, spectators and volunteers, and have received national attention.
Through a grant from the California Community Foundation, the organization operated Metro Gallery in Old Pasadena, a showcase for emerging artists of the Pasadena and Los Angeles-area. Continuing its support of the artists’ community, the organization produces selected exhibitions of emerging visual artists at the historic Castle Green in Old Pasadena along with unique performing arts salons. Light Bringer Project also maintains the 24-Hour Gallery, an outdoor visual arts showcase on Holly Street across from the Memorial Park Metro Station.
Arts & Learning Programs
In 1997, the organization turned its attention to the pressing need for arts education in the schools. After examining the kind of role the organization could play in support of public education, a number of diverse programs emerged. Below are some of our accomplishments:
- Cultural Passport, a partnership of Light Bringer Project, the Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena Unified School District and major arts organizations, served middle and high school students, developing literacy skills through arts and learning curriculum and live presentations. For its achievements in this area, the Program won the California League of Cities’ Helen Putnam Award of Excellence in the area of public-private partnerships.
- The organization also partnered with the Neutrogena Corporation in the design and delivery of the FACES Program, a folk art curriculum, exhibition and scholarship program offered to the students of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
- In association with the Mental Health America (formerly the Mental Health Association of LA County), Light Bringer Project producesExpressing Feeling Through Art, a prevention program that exhibits outstanding artworks and provides scholarships for students of the Los Angeles County School System.
- Begun in 2000, and formerly called the Ad&Design Academy,the L.A. Futures Academy has offered mentorship training, team building and portfolio development for upper-level high school students. The communications curriculum has been delivered in collaboration with major advertising and marketing firms, including TBWA\Chiat\Day Advertising, Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, GreyWorldwide, Muse Advertising, Rubin Postaer & Associates (RPA), and The Phelps Group.
- Light Bringer Project, in association with the City of Pasadena Parks & Natural Resources, participated in the Arroyo Trails Project. The initiative was committed to restoring five trails leading into the Central Arroyo Seco. Providing a youth component, we chose a team of public and private school students to research the history of the natural parkland, conduct community outreach and recommend design elements to be incorporated into the project.
What began as a local program, originating in Scotland in 1994, has grown into an international network of student-designed and operated creative studios, including Scotland, Britain, Nepal, Turkey, India and South Africa.
In May of 2007, Light Bringer was invited to a global conference of TBWA\Chiat\Day held in Santa Monica. The agency has been a partner of our L.A. Futures Academy and encouraged us to listen to a presentation on Room 13, a program they have supported in Europe, India and South Africa.
We became so impressed by the outcomes it offered these students that we researched the program further to see how it would fare in the United States. The more we learned the more inspired we became to initiate a model here. In 2008, Light Bringer Project launched the first Room 13 studio in America at James Foshay Learning Center in South Los Angeles. We also traveled to Scotland in summer of 2008 to meet with the international trusteeship to further clarify our understanding of the program. Since then, Room 13 has grown to be as successful as its’ sister studios and per school staff has had a significant and positive affect on the entire school’s culture.
Our next step was introduce Room 13 in our own community. We spent several months exploring potential locations for the program. We found a perfect compliment in Eliot Middle School in Altadena. Eliot, which began with an arts immersion program in February of 2009, became the second Room 13 in America. In 2009-2010 Room13/Eliot enjoyed a 2 day a week schedule, with regular participation of more than 100 students per week.
In winter of 2010, A third neighborhood model was created by Room 13 USA collaborators, and founders of their own creative company called projectdesignstudio. Calling it Room13/Marjorie, after their neighborhood street in Torrance, California, this Room 13 model is attended by elementary aged youngsters. The studio continues to flourish, involving parents and siblings in the process.
The first group exhibition the three Room 13′s: of Room13/Foshay, Room13/Eliot, and Room 13/Marjorie, was held in March of 2010, at the Judson Studios in Highland Park, as part of the NELA Art Night. Artists and Artists-In-Residents from all three the studios collaborated in the curation and execution of the exhibit.
This fall, with the expansion of Room 13/Eliot, Artist-In-Residence, Amber Tilden, is occupying her own creative studio alongside that of the students’, and will mentor the young artists in their creative pursuits. Most notable in these business development efforts is the establishment of a Photography Micro-Business. In 2009 and 2010, Students had demonstrated an interest and skill in taking photos of one another. So last Spring, Light Bringer Project applied for and received a grant from the Pasadena Community Foundation to purchase professional photography equipment for the students, to create a Room 13/Eliot enterprise of their own. Photography graduates from Art Center College of Design, as well as notable and successful photographers in the community, have volunteered to mentor them in technique, trade and the business processes of a portrait photography studio. Amber will be conducting Room 13/Eliot three days a week. And, According to Principal Peter Pannell, a new fresh garden is soon to be installed right across from Room 13/Eliot’s studio. Students have been given license to paint its exterior to create a new environs to coexist with the garden.
In addition to Room 13/Eliot’s outstanding progress, Light Bringer Project is happy to announce the opening of the fourth Room 13, at John Muir High School this fall. John Muir High School, in Northwest Pasadena, provides an ideal setting for Room 13. Many students who graduate from Eliot Middle School will then attend John Muir. In this way, the culture of Room 13 continues and the students carry forward their own creative projects and initiatives to the next level of their educational lives. Grant funding was received by the Flintridge Center, to begin the 2-day a week running of a Room 13 studio on campus. Light Bringer Project recently hired Room 13/John Muir’s new Artist-In-Residence, Mri Scott ElBey.