Latin Jazz For a Good Cause

The Los Angeles Music and Art School fundraiser concert with Jose Rizo's Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, August 14

Published on LatinoLA: July 30, 2008

Latin Jazz For a Good Cause

The Los Angeles Music and Art School is a thriving and ever-expanding organization, serving nearly 1,000 students each month in a variety of arts education programs. The school is located at 3630 East Third Street, East Los Angeles, CA 90063.

As public schools continue to face budget cutbacks, the programs offered by the Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMAS) serve a growing need for arts instruction in East Los Angeles and the surrounding community.

LAMAS provides opportunities for students to develop their artistic and educational strengths through its roster of year-round classes in music, art, dance, and drama. The School's doors are open to anyone with a desire to explore their artistic talents, regardless of age, talent, ability to pay or ethnic origin.

Tuition fees are kept affordable to meet the needs of the community, and partial and full scholarships are provided to students from low-income families who cannot afford the cost of lessons.

Student demographics indicate that approximately 2% of students are African American, 3% are Caucasian, 10% are Asian American, and 85% are Hispanic. The school is open for instruction six days per week (Mondays through Saturdays) and serves approximately 950 children and adults each month, with a staff of over 40 dedicated and well-trained teachers and administrative staff members.

In addition to our core instructional programs, we sponsor the Camp LAMAS Summer Arts Enrichment Program, providing an eight-week multi-arts education program for youngsters 7ÔÇô14 years of age.

Established in 1945, our mission is to mentor and support youth in their academic and personal development by exploring, training and nurturing their individual creative talents. We combine a high level of arts instruction with the fundamental principle that the arts are a vital part of living and an essential element in the enrichment of the human spirit.

LAMAS was founded by educator Pearle Irene Odell in 1945. Ms. Odell's vision and purpose for the school was inspired by the tradition of 19th century settlement house music schools, whose mission was to provide open access, regardless of age, talent, ethnicity or ability to pay.

Ms. Odell was a visionary educator who recognized the tremendous need to offer after-school arts programs to the underserved youth of East Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. With the School's founding Music Director, Robert R. Webb, LAMAS began providing music instruction in two small, Victorian-style homes on South Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights.

By the late 1950s, the demand for the School's programs could not be accommodated in such a small place. With the generous support of the community and friends of the school, LAMAS acquired its present site on East Third Street in the mid 60s. Construction of the school building was completed in 1967 and an addition to the school parking lot was completed in 1994.

As the School moved into the twenty-first century, demand for its services continued to grow, and it was apparent that renovation and expansion of its current building would be necessary to support the School and its students through the new millennium.

Ms. Odell's foresight and dedication to the community set the stage for the many years of success enjoyed by LAMAS. In fact, she is the inspiration for our Capital Campaign theme of "Creative Paths, Creative Futures," as she certainly laid the groundwork for this effort and all that it represents.

This year's Stars for the Arts, Thursday, August 14 from 7 to 10 PM, is a hot summer ticket for anyone who wants to enjoy Latin Jazz at it's best with the beats of the internationally acclaimed 16 piece ensemble, Jose Rizo's Jazz on the Latin Side All-Stars, all while enhancing a young child's arts education.

The proceeds generated from this event will go to build LAMAS Scholarship Fund for low-income students to study for free or at a greatly reduced fees. It will also engage instructors of the highest quality so each student may succeed.

Help a child find their creative path to a successful future by joining us on August 14th for a spectacular night of Latin Jazz.

Sponsored by: SC Edison, Telemundo, AIA Architect, The Walt Disney Company, Union Bank of California, and KTLA

When: Thursday, August 14, 2008, 7:00PM to 10:00PM

Where: Ford Amphitheater
2580 Cahuenga Blvd - East
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Admission Price: $35 and $50
All ages welcome

Discount: Donations - Tax Deduction

Contact: 323.262.7734 or 323.261.3289


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