Nonprofit uses art to keep
kids on right track
its inception in 1994 to strengthen the youth of the greater
Long Beach community through juvenile crime prevention, intervention,
legal education and scholarship programs, the Long Beach Bar
Foundation (LBBF) has operated the Shortstop Juvenile Crime Diversion
Program, which serves approximately 450 to 500 culturally and
economically diverse youth and their parents each year.
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of the County of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department
of Children and families, and the Probation Department in a joint
effort to make the greater Long Beach community a safer place
in which to live, work, learn and play.
In 2008 LBBF was awarded a seed grant from the Long Beach Community Foundation for the creation of an art program for Shortstop graduates. The goal is to reduce risk factors during non-school hours through the expression of art. The ArtStart Program included courses of aerosol on canvas taught by Jose Martinez at HomeLand Cultural Center and three additional courses currently being taught by local artists at Gallery Eleven Seven, 117 Linden Avenue, which recently hosted an art show displaying the creations by the ArtStart participants (the artwork will be on display through Saturday, Feb. 14.)
The now complete ceramic mosaic tile creations will be donated to Long Beach Organic, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable organic gardening practices and local food production in an urban environment. The dedication ceremony will take place at 4pm on Feb. 14 and will be open for viewing during the hours of the 2nd Saturday Art Walk held every second Saturday.