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Loco Bloco is a youth development organization with the mission of promoting Bay Area youth’s healthy transition into adulthood by engaging them in the creation and performance of music, dance and theater traditions reflecting the cultural diversity of the Americas. Loco Bloco encourages its youth to use multicultural art forms as a tool for their own empowerment and as a catalyst to help them overcome discrimination and bring about change in their communities.
Loco Bloco was founded in 1994 by community artists and activists of color to provide low-income, minority and immigrant families access to professional level arts education at no cost. Since Loco Bloco's inception more than 6,000 youth and their families have benefited from training and performance in high-quality percussion, dance, visual arts, theater arts, stilt walking, civic engagement, youth leadership training and physical and mental health education. Each year, approximately 600 young people between 4 and18 years of age directly participate in Loco Bloco's afterschool programs at San Francisco schools and community centers.
Through special events, more audiences and communities are exposed to Loco Bloco's philosophy of youth empowerment through the arts. Loco Bloco's major events include: all New Works Concert presented in early December ; International Women's Celebration Event presented throughout March; Carnaval season, which includes our Youth Carnaval Jam , SF Carnaval Parade and SF Pride Parade , during May and July; and Loco Bloco's summer Cultural Youth X Change
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