Thanks to your donations and the generosity of the Herb Alpert Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation, Fidelity Charitable Trust, Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, the Robert Margolis Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, we exceeded our goals for Fall 2014 by making dreams come true for 450 children, including special needs children, their parents and teachers.
Our Secrets of the Heart programming was delivered to three Los Angeles area schools including Esperanza Elementary and Marvin Avenue Elementary, which are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Juan De Anza Elementary in the Wiseburn District
Our opening Dream Vision Board Project for parents, introduces each residency, and is a powerful tool for involvement asschools welcome new kindergarten students and their families. Children learned four arts disciplines — music, dance, theatre arts, and visual arts. In music, children explore the art of songwriting with each class creating an original song. Dance takes the children to Africa as they learn a Liberian folk welcome dance and song. Theatre arts inspire children to use their imagination to explore Diego Rivera paintings and create stories about each. Visual arts take children around the world to discover hats and headdresses and learn there’s art that you can wear as they create their very own headdresses. Each art form is connected with a Secret of the Heart — friendship and a smile, kindness, imagination, and being thankful — which is explored by means of each artistic expression. Children demonstrated what they learned to parents and friends in a joy filled final culmination.
We had a high average of participating parents this season, and in one school, we had an amazing 99% return. Each vision board represents a discussion and sharing of the dreams of parents and children and how they can use the Secrets of the Heart to make those dreams come true.