The NoHo Arts District dot Com team is always eager to help support worthy causes and especially ones that involve artists. So when we received word that North Hollywood's own Blastoff Comics was doing a Wake and Draw event, we had to help spread the word.
The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, is celebrating the 97th birthday of Jack "King" Kirby on August 28 with a lot of help and love from Jillian Kirby and her parents, Connie and Neal Kirby. Jillian Kirby, Jack's granddaughter, has spearheaded the "Kirby4Heroes" campaign, which celebrates the King's birthday all across the globe with a variety of great events that benefit The Hero Initiative!
The Hero Initiative has recruited over 40 artists to get up on the morning of August 28, 2014, to simply "Wake Up and Draw." Search the hashtag: #WakeUpAndDraw to see all the great drawings as they happen live! All drawings will be featured in a special gallery at ComicArtFans.com, and fans can bid on them in an eBay auction at a later date!
Artist Tone Rodriguez will be creating his piece live in the Blastoff Comics store starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 28!
Fans can visit the official Kirby4Heroes campaign Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kirby4heroes and donate via the PayPal link at www.HeroInitiative.org. Please type in "Kirby4Heroes" in the special instructions box.
Come down to North Hollywood Thursday and see some great art being created for a great cause!
We always praise the fact that the NoHo Arts District is a neighborhood, a neighborhood of artists, creators and doers. But can we make it even more so? For urban planners, it starts with more placemaking, which is roughly defined as: “…a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being.” Thanks, Wikipedia. So we’re capitalizing on NoHo’s many arts assets. But how can we do more to make the NoHo Arts District the place to live, work and experience? (Well the L.A. Weekly thinks so. They also did a feature on the arts in the district)
Head over to the NoHo Arts Center on Tuesday, May 27 when KPCC host Alex Cohen and The Crawford Family Forum bring together urban planning experts to discuss ways people like you and me, community groups, neighborhood councils, nonprofits, arts groups and everyone in between can work together to build better neighborhoods. So if you want to create more NoHo pride, let’s learn how we can “transform spaces into places.”
To learn more about Placmaking, read the full KPCC interview with urban planning and cultural policy specialist Maria Rosario Jackson. Below is an excerpt that best describes NoHo.
What makes these places different from other places?
"I think when there is an authentic expression of the people who live and work in a place, it shows. I don't have anything specifically against big businesses, however, what demonstrates the character of a place is more evident in businesses that are more unique. I think about where I live, and there's something about being able to walk down the hill and know who the business owners are, and be able to experience something that I may connect with, things that my neighbors may connect with."
WHEN: Tuesday, May 27, 7:30 - 9:00pm
7:00pm - Doors Open
7:30pm - Program
WHERE: The NoHo Arts Center - 11136 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
From the KPCC site:
"Moderator: Alex Cohen - Co-host of KPCC's Take Two @KPCCAlex; @taketwo
Maria Rosario Jackson - Urban planning and cultural policy specialist; national and regional foundations advisor. Formerly with the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., Jackson teaches at Claremont Graduate University and is a member of National Council on the Arts. She received a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA.
Marshall Lewy - President of Barnsdall Art Park Foundation; chief creative officer of Adaptive Studios, a multi-platform production company; and critically acclaimed filmmaker. Lewy's work includes Blue State (2007), California Solo (2012), and contributions to the Huffington Post and This American Life. @MarshallLewy
Rudy Espinoza - Executive director at LURN (Leadership for Urban Renewal Network); board member of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation; commissioner at Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commission. Espinoza is an L.A. native with degrees in business administration and urban planning. @MrDOLPH
Valerie Watson - Urban designer, LA Department of Transportation assistant pedestrian coordinator. Watson has led the formalization of People St, a city-wide program and public interface offering communities a process for installing plazas, parklets and bicycle corrals, design treatments that repurpose road space as public open space."
Follow KPCC on Twitter @KPCC | @KPCCforum use hashtag #LApublicart
Thanks to the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. @Culture_LA
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