Art Aids Art Summer 2014

August 1st, 2014

artaidsartTom Harding Co-founding Director of Art Aids Art a nonprofit organization serving women and children through programs in impoverished South African townships has sent a Summer 2014 update.


The latest newsletter welcomed new followers from Art of Adornment, St. Andrew’s Fair Trade Market, Santa Fe Folk Art Market and



Charlie Parker, Miriam Makeba and Langston Hughes joined the fun in Cape Town. See photo and video highlights of children’s programs at eKhaya eKasi Center by clicking the link below.



In early July, eKhaya eKasi Center participated in the world’s largest folk art market, with support from Art Aids Art.



The iPhone project in South Africa continues to move forward with successes. See photos here.  Click the link to read news coverage.


Art Aids Art promotes education & economic development through the arts, helping South African families impacted by poverty & HIV/AIDS to help themselves.


There’s lots going on between newsletters…


Ubuntu – There is no me without you.


For more information:


Be sure to like – share – friend – follow – pin – tweet Art Aids Art at:

Maria Cervantes, Math Fair — Telemundo 52

July 31st, 2014

MIND Research Institute’s Maria Cervantes discusses the Aug. 2 Math Fair on Telemundo 52′s Acceso Total. The MIND Research Institute will be hosting The Math Fair on August 2, 2014 at the UCI Bren Events Center at UC Irvine from 10 am – 4pm. Admission to the event is FREE and the first 500 will receive FREE parking. Registering in advance on the website will enter you into a drawing for a FREE iPad.


For more information:



Maria Cervantes, Math Fair — Telemundo 52 on YouTube


Agustin Villega’s Funeral Fund

July 16th, 2014

agustin_villegasAgustin Villegas was shot and killed in front of 2 of his 4 kids and died on July 15, 2014. He leaves behind a wife and 4 kids. The family has turned to the crowdsourcing website “Give Forward” and is asking for help with funeral costs.


The fatal shooting took place on Orange County’s stretch of 91 Freeway in Anaheim. The reason for the shooting on the evening of Monday July 14, 2014 is under investigation. There was no evidence that this incident was the result of a road rage confrontation and Villegas has been cleared of criminal ties. The incident closed the westbound lanes for several hours as the California Highway Patrol began their investigation. The lanes were reopened in the early morning hours on Tuesday.


It has been reported that a dark or black Honda Accord could have been connected to the shooting. Due to the heavy traffic at the time no further details have been provided.


If anyone was on the freeway and saw any suspicious activity they are urged to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.


Here is the link to the family Give Forward campaign: 

MIND Research Institute Math Fair

July 15th, 2014

mathfairThe MIND Research Institute will be hosting The Math Fair on August 2, 2014 at the UCI Bren Events Center at UC Irvine. Admission to the event is FREE and the first 500 will receive FREE parking. Registering in advance on the website will enter you into a drawing for a FREE iPad.


The MIND Research Institute’s is revolutionizing math education through visual learning to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems.


The Math Fair, a brainchild of the nonprofit, is about making math fun. Families may have been to a science museum, perhaps a robotics fair, maybe even a technology competition. But have they ever experienced a Math Fair? The MIND Research Institute believes that math is inherently exciting as it helps make sense of the world around us. Their mission is to share the beauty of math and make it accessible to children and families.


In the early 1990s, three University of California researchers united in a simple yet innovative idea: let’s teach math the way children learn — visually and experientially. In 1998, they branched off to create an independent non-profit, now known as MIND Research Institute, where they could apply this idea to the development of innovative, visually-based software games. Today, this initial idea continues to drive our work in creating unique and effective learning environments for students and teachers. It also guides our ongoing research investigating key questions about learning, mathematics and how the brain works.


Schedule of Events


10:00 a.m. – Math Fair Opens


10:15 a.m. – Math Fair Opening Ceremony featuring Irvine Mayor Stephen Choi and Presenting Sponsor Microsemi • Mathland Railway Opens *train rides will run every 15 minutes • Math Mystery Theater Opens *performances every 45 minutes


10:30 a.m. – Family Math Workshops Begin *workshops every 45 minutes

Meet JiJi *the penguin will make scheduled appearances until 4:00 p.m.


11:00 a.m. – Food Trucks Open • Game Design Workshop


1:00 p.m. – Game Design Workshop


3:45 p.m. – JiJi Band Performance


4:00 p.m. – Math Fair Closing Ceremony



For more information:

Malala Day on July 14th

July 14th, 2014

malala2014Malala Yousafzai turns seventeen on July 14. Since the age of eleven, Malala has been advocating for women and girls’ right to education. In October 2012, after gaining worldwide recognition, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while on a school bus in Pakistan.



Malala recovered and has continued advocating on behalf of women and girls, fighting against violence, poverty, fear, and hatred. In honor of Malala’s birthday, Malala is asking everyone to raise their voice and speak out for girls’ rights on July 14. Malala was stronger than fear and she wants you to share what you are #StrongerThan.



The national organization of Girls Inc. believes that all girls have the right to feel safe in the world, to receive an education, to resist violence and stereotypes, and to overcome obstacles that get in the way of their success. Their focus on access to opportunities, achieving academic success, and overcoming obstacles is reflected in Malala’s message and they support her as she exemplifies what it means to be a strong, smart, and bold.



Girls Inc. will be part of the organizations tweeting on behalf of Malala with the hashtag #StrongerThan in honor of this inspiring teenager and her mission to educate women and girls.
VIDEO: Malala Day – July 14, 2014 – #StrongerThan



MACSD Scholarship Fundraiser 2014

July 2nd, 2014

MACSD_2014The Media Arts Center in San Diego (MACSD) is seeking $7,000 to help young people to attend their annual summer Youth Media & Tech Camp programs for free.


The producer of the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, offers youth programs to students in 1st-12th grade all over San Diego County. Through programs like the Teen Producers Project, Youth Media & Tech Camp, and Speak City Heights News Crew, youth learn about media literacy and digital technology, while also building skills to become future leaders and innovators. For many youth in San Diego, these types of tools and much-needed technology training is no longer offered in their schools due to on-going school budget cuts.


They don’t need much to help these participants out and every donation amount is greatly appreciated. A donation of $245 will cover one student’s tuition to any of these programs.


Their goal is to reach $7,000 to offer 30 scholarships for this summer! If you cannot donate they ask if you could please consider spreading the word to families, friends, and co-workers. Each donation is tax deductible.


The Media Arts Center in San Diego promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists.


Fundraiser Page


Official Website:


VIDEO Summer Scholarship Fundraiser 2014


PCAA celebrates with “Hope”

July 1st, 2014

pcaa_oc_2014The annual PCAA fundraiser “Hope on the Range” will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. at the Artimis Defense Institute in Lake Forest. Funds raised will enabled ProvidingHope Action Association dba the Probation Community Action Association to fill requests for the “Thinking for a Change” program at two probation youth reporting centers in Orange County.


The centers provide a positive alternative to incarceration at Juvenile Hall and allows a teen to receive their education. The “Thinking for a Change”  Program helps each youth with their school needs and teaches them skills for a better life.


People from all walks of life attend the annual event. Some participants from Los Amigos de Orange County called the event life changing and inspiring. Getting a rare chance to see how the program transforms the life of an at-risk youth left many teary-eyed.


Tickets are $75.00 and includes dinner from Texas BBQ Pit, Door Prizes, Opportunity Drawing and Testimonies from the Program Participants.



In September 1993 the Probation Community Action Association was formed to address the fact that there was no funding to help probation teens with basic needs. Needs like education, clothing, eyeglasses, school costs, food, and etc. Probation Chief Officer Michael Schumacher formed a board of local leaders and assisted in raising funds to begin this nonprofit. PCAA stood alone in the county and possibly the nation to be the only nonprofit to exclusively assist teens on probation.


PCAA gives young adults hope and a chance for a better future by filling basic, yet life changing needs.


For more information:

A Letter to OC’s Sheriff Hutchens

June 27th, 2014

oc_ice_endsGrassroots immigrant rights groups in Orange County request total end to ICE Collaboration!


The organizations CoMMUn, DeColores Queer Orange County, Dreams at UC Irvine, Orange County Dream Team, RAIZ, and We are San Juan submitted a letter to Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens requesting that she completely end her department’s collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This includes, but not limited to, immediately ending the following collaborations within all facilities: the 287(g) agreements with ICE, the Criminal Alien Program, and all Inter-Governmental Service Agreements (IGSA) also known as “ICE contracts”. In addition, this demand includes the ceasing of all contact with ICE when releasing detainees from jail.


The coalition has worked with community members that face this daily trauma of family separation. The organizations listed have long maintained that the immigration detainers, and all other forms of local law enforcement collaboration with ICE undermine public trust and public safety. They have long maintained that these forms of immigration enforcement are inhumane, and have exacerbated the current mass deportation-centered human rights crisis in the United States.


The letter was submitted to Sheriff Hutchens on the morning of June 25th. The organizations expect a response by Wednesday, July 2, 2014.



The coalition websites:

Heavenly Horses at Bowers Museum

June 26th, 2014

bowers_museumThe Bowers Museum, located in the heart of Orange County, is pleased to present its latest exhibition of “Heavenly Horses: Two Thousand Years of Chinese and Japanese Equine Art.” During this Year of the Horse, Bowers celebrates these animals that continue to fascinate and inspire people around the world.


The horse’s impact on both Chinese and Japanese culture cannot be overstated. They shepherded goods, people and ideas across the expansive and varied climates of a continent during the height of the Silk Roads. They were indispensable as military chargers and aided in the expansion and control of empires.


The horse was embraced as companion and participant in leisure and recreational activities including polo, horse “dancing,” and hunting. Horses also figure prominently in the mythology, philosophy, religion, and folklore of both China and Japan.


“Heavenly Horses: Two Thousand Years of Chinese and Japanese Equine Art” will be on display at the Bowers Museum through November 16, 2014.


Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California’s largest museums. In 1986, the museum closed its doors for a period of self-study. In response to community needs and input, it reopened in 1992 as a new cultural center, and expanded children’s programming in 1994 with the opening of the Kidseum.


The museum also recently celebrated the grand opening of the 30,000+ square-foot Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing in February 2007. To achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children’s art education programs, and other special community programs.


For more information:

LA’s Sir Sultry Quintet due July 15

June 25th, 2014

14605-ETHANALTA_17Ethan Margolis the guitarist and vocalist of the Los Angeles-based Sir Sultry Quintet have fused elements of flamenco and jazz into their first full length album entitled “Soleángeles.” The album was recorded in both Los Angeles and Seville, Spain and will be released on July 15, 2014. Sir Sultry was a featured music pick in the LA Weekly which also raved about their live shows. Margolis takes his role as bandleader and composer, as a responsibility to work towards bridging the two musical cultures in a modern, cohesive fashion that never ceases to excite listeners.


After having lived 11 years in southern Spain performing with Gypsy artists and having lead sold-out international tours, the 36 year-old Margolis arrived in Los Angeles with a mission to further bridge the musical cultures of Spain and American Jazz and Blues.


“Soleángeles” is Margolis’s first album to be officially released with this purpose and is truly a remarkable work where he features some of the USA’s top jazz musicians as well as the collaborations of his Gypsy Flamenco artist friends from Spain. The name, “Soleángeles” is derived from the combination of two words: Soleá (Flamenco’s mother song) and Angeles (Los Angeles).


The album blends deep Flamenco rhythms and harmony with the improvised and “open” instrumental solos typical of jazz. In the compositions, Margolis allowed for each instrument to take on personalities both within world music and American jazz and blues. He composed and arranged the music to find common ground between Spain and the USA, creating a sort of “stepping stone across the Atlantic,” as he calls it.



Some of the featured artists of “Soleángeles” include Judith Hill (The Film “20 Feet From Stardom, Michael Jackson, TV’s The Voice), Mitchel Forman (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Wayne Shorter) Hussain Jiffry (Herb Alpert, Sergio Mendes), Jimmy Branly (Pancho Sanchez, Chucho Valdez), Katisse Buckingham (Herbie Hancock, Pancho Sanchez, Dr. Dre), Juan Bacán (Flamenco’s Pinini singing dynasty) and Ramón Porrina (Buika, Tomatito)


“Soleángeles” will be released digitally by BFM distribution based out of Los Angeles, California. The Sir Sultry Quintet will perform at the Baked Potato Jazz Club in Studio City as well as Alva’s Showroom on July 26, 2014 in San Pedro to support the release of the album.


Tour Dates Include:

07/26 – Alvas Showroom, Los Angeles, CA (Sir Sultry)

08/01 – The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA. (Ethan Margolis’s World Blues)


Official Website: