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Charmaine Jefferson of Wellington Square – Featured In LA Time Article


CHARMAINE JEFFERSON resigns from the museum in L.A. to focus on an arts consulting business.

Her legacy is lauded

Departing head of the California African American Museum built its attendance.


When Charmaine Jefferson stepped down last week as executive director of the California African American Museum, she left amid praise for having greatly improved her museum’s position as it tries to build audiences, mount compelling exhibitions on black culture and history, and, perhaps eventually, launch the kind of major construction project that the nearby California Science Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County have recently achieved.

“I walk away excited about what we’ve accomplished and that there’s still a future in front of me to test my wings on,” Jefferson said, who resigned after11years at the Exposition Park institution to focus on an arts consulting business.

Jefferson, 60, said the next step in her unusually varied career in arts, culture and entertainment will be to return to the private consulting work she’d done before being picked in 2003 to lead the state-owned African American Museum. She said that her consulting priorities will include helping cultural groups increase their audiences and advocating for more arts classes in the Los Angeles public schools.

Jefferson said that her achievements at the African American Museum included building its annual attendance to more than100,000.

Todd Hawkins, president of the African American Museum’s board, said, “We’re of course saddened, but we’re at a place we were not at 11 years ago when she arrived. We feel well-positioned for a future that can only expand on what she has done.”

Hawkins said the board, whose seven members all are gubernatorial appointees, will decide on an interim director, then begin a national search for Jefferson’s successor.

The African American Museum gets by on a budget of about $3.5 million a year. Admission is free. The state provides $2.5 million, augmented by funds from a private nonprofit museum foundation that in recent years has generated annual contributions and other revenues of $650,000 to $1.4 million.

Jefferson said one of her main objectives as museum director was to demonstrate that exhibitions focused on African American arts and history could be relevant to all races and ethnic groups. “I had an extraordinary opportunity to show how African Americans can be a voice for everybody,” she said.

Exhibitions included touring shows, such as the Smithsonian Institution’s retrospective on how the Apollo Theater in Harlem influenced the development of American entertainment, and solo exhibitions by Los Angeles artists Betye Saar and Mark Greenfield, whose show will open this fall.

Jefferson’s tenure included the preliminary planning for a major expansion and renovation of the museum, but the project has yet to gain a financial foothold and move forward.

“We have a plan in place, and it will happen,” Jefferson said. She also is confident that the museum’s annual allotment from the state eventually will improve with the California government’s brightening financial picture.

Hawkins credited Jefferson with raising the museum’s national profile by forging alliances with partners such as Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History, which sent a recently closed exhibition on the long-lasting marital and creative partnership of dancer-actors Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade .

One of Jefferson’s objectives as a consultant will be finding ways to restore arts education in Los Angeles public schools.

“I just believe the arts is part of our life every day,” Jefferson said.

“I want to fight for our children to have the same resources we had.”


New L.A. Drama Class FREE For MINC Kids

The Los Angeles Drama Club is launching their winter program for the next show in March. There are six spots left – and they’re looking for boys especially to perform in “The Tempest”. They meet this Saturday from 1-3p at Fais Do Do, on Adams Blvd. just outside of the MINC boundaries.

See the attached flyer for more details.

DCA Cultural Grants Program – Panelist Nomination

The Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs is currently seeking artists, arts administrators, educators, historians, cultural professionals, and art enthusiasts to serve as panelists for its annual Cultural Grants Program application review. Attached please find a letter that was grey-mailed to CD-10 inviting them to nominate panelists from the community to participate in this program.

Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
201 North Figueroa Street, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

DCA Letter_Grants Panelists_Council President Wesson_10 18 13.pdf

Fundraiser for Shakespeare in the City – 10/13, 2-6PM

L.A. Drama Club (Mid-City’s Own Shakespeare In The City) has a fundraiser coming up. Check out the details…


Distinguished Talent Joins
the Country’s Youngest Shakespeareans!

Los Angeles Drama Club welcomes: Keith David (Cloud Atlas), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Amy Hill (Enlightened), Hamish Linklater (The Newsroom), Laraine Newman (SNL), with Sonnet Man Devon Glover, and the Magic of Rob Zabrecky and Jonathan Pendragon … and the list is growing!!

Sunday, October 13 from 2 pm to 6 pm
at the Legendary Magic Castle

Make your reservations today!
Tempest in a Teacup Sneak Preview!


The Big Draw LA

Do you like to draw? Then you should check out The Big Draw LA.

Quick background: The Big Draw LA is a month-long audience participatory drawing initiative that spans the region and the globe, presented by Ryman Arts, a Los-Angeles based arts education organization for high school students, in Los Angeles for the fourth year. The Big Draw LA creates opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to discover that drawing can enhance how they see, think, and invent. They plan on engaging the general public in art making across Southern California at both traditional and non-traditional venues (eg museums, restaurants, libraries, coffee shops). Organizations already planning a 2013 Big Draw LA event include the Skirball Cultural Center, E.V.E. Studio, The Fowler Museum at UCLA, The Gallery Girls, 1450 Ocean, local libraries, and many more groups in addition to Ryman Arts. This is the fourth year for The Big Draw LA, and they are planning on expanding the project this year to Orange County in addition to Los Angeles. They’re hoping to garner much excitement about the drawing campaign, in which they have a two-year grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Ryman Arts is currently reaching out to local businesses, partners, and establishments to have them register their October drawing events.. This is a free opportunity for them to engage the community through public participatory drawing events during the month of October. They will promote and publicize registered events. Now is the time to register events for free at www.thebigdrawla.org and have the company name’s included in our next press release.

If interested, contact Justin McInteer at the information below.

Justin McInteer
Project Coordinator
The Big Draw LA

Website: http://thebigdrawla.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBigDrawLA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBigDrawLA

Free Acting And Shakespeare Camp at Club Fais Do Do – 4 Spaces Left!


The LA Drama Club has raised some funds that will allow them to hold a free two week-long summer “camps” from 9-3pm – July 8-12 and August 5-9.

These “Shakespeare Intensives” would keep students brains and bodies going through the summer, plus they can get into more in depth acting work without the pressure of a giant show.

They will be at Club Fais Do Do, a giant and welcoming space which allows room for a lot of movement. Their recital will either be there or at their other theatre The LOST, on July 12.

Professional Actors read Award Winning Essays from Black History Month. Shakespeare in the City kids will perform Shakespeare and also recite Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Price Speech.

Parents will soon be receiving an invitation to attend a wine and cheese “Happy Hour” event Sunday, June 9 from 4-6 at a parent’s home in Brookside (Longwood between Wilshire and Olympic). Please WRITE HERE if you are interested!! This is for all LA Drama Club parents to meet each other – plus they will be presenting the future of Los Angeles Drama Club and forming a team of interested parents who want to work on our Gala Benefit and Charity Auction.

Remember RSVP if you want your child in Shakespeare Camp, and/or wish to attend the Parent Event and be more involved with their growing movement.

Los Angeles Drama Club


Free Art Workshop This Saturday and Next Saturday


The Big Read Art Workshops at William Grant Still Arts Center
Saturday March 2, 9, 16 and 23
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 PART OF THE BIG READ, The Thief and The Dogs by Naguib Mahfouz


This Saturday, the March weekend The Big Read art workshops for all ages will begin with a Puppet Making Workshop with mixed-media artist Cheryl Williams.

The Puppet Making  Part 1 Workshop will be held  tomorrow  Saturday, March 2 from 1:30-3:30pm. Part 2 will take place next Saturday, March 9 from 1:30-3:30pm, too. 

Not reading the book as part of  the Center’s The Big Read Book Club? No worries. The novel and the setting of Cairo Egypt in the 1950s will be explored through creating art. A list of characters, scenes, and their features  will be provided. 

Next up will be two book Poster Art workshops with artist Raul Baltazar on Saturday,  March 16 and Saturday, March 23. 

The Ahwah House, an evening of scenes from the book in a traditional  Egyptian coffee house setting to bring the book’s main setting to life on Friday, March 15 from 6:30-8:30pm. For families and educators. 

Stay tuned for those project details and save the dates!

For more info on the Big Read, visit
Location: The William Grant Still Arts Center
Address: 2520 S. West View Street, LA, CA 90016
Phone: 323-734-1165

Nappy Nation Presents The Museum of Living Art

Nappy Nation Presents The Museum of Living Art

If all the world’s a stage, who’s watching YOU?

Join us as we follow Kam, a gifted singer whose quest for fame and fortune leads him on an unexpected musical adventure!

This whimsical satire features live stage performances and all-new original songs  from Jimetta Rose, KamPAIGN, Arias Ross, MPRVS, Johnnie Hart, and more!

The Attic Theatre
5429 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles (between Fairfax & Hauser)

Thursday, February 14th at 8:00pm
Friday, February 15th at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 16th at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 17th at 3:00pm

Don’t wait; reserve your seats today!!! 
Contact: info@iamnappy.com