Warner Bros. Partners With Young Storytellers, Ghetto Film School, LAUSD on Filmmaking Programs

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Warner Bros. has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District and nonprofits Young Storytellers and Ghetto Film School to create two in-school programs, Story Lab and First Cut, in an effort to cultivate the next generation of storytellers and filmmakers.

The programs are spearheaded by the studio’s social impact platform, WB Good. The initiatives have already had a test run through 10-week programs piloted in 16 middle and high schools across Los Angeles. The partnership offers students the chance to gain awareness of career opportunities in the entertainment business and storytelling skills that could be a stepping stone to work as writers and filmmakers. More than 30 teachers and 1,500 students took part in the pilot programs that will continue in the 2018-19 school year.

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Local youth music academy asks for community help after major donor drops out

Local youth music academy asks for the community’s support after a major donor cuts funding.

The Academy of Musical Performance kicked off their first day of band camp today and local student musicians could not be more excited. This is the fourth annual “AMP Camp” for the Coachella Valley. However, a few weeks ago, the group learned that their major donor, Goldenvoice, will no longer be supplying funds.

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This Woman Went to Art School in Her 60s, Proving It’s Never Too Late to Pivot

It’s all about process: Painter shows off her progress on the canvas

Lots of famous people have turned to painting in their later years: Ringo Starr, Jim Carrey, George W. Bush. So it’s not unusual that Nell Painter, an accomplished historian and Princeton professor with six books and a string of honors to her name, took up art in her 60s. What’s surprising is that she went all the way back to art school.

The disadvantages of age are legion. The advantages are also considerable: respect, self-knowledge, mastery of a skill. Painter discards all of them, along with her “20th century eyes,” as she writes in her new memoir, Old in Art School. In fact, her training in historical rigor and clarity prove to be handicaps in art, a discipline that requires, she finds, “letting go of coherence.”

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Young Nigerians choose to fight Boko Haram with books

Northeastern Nigeria is a place of suddenly interrupted lives. Nearly 3 million people have been uprooted since the Islamist movement Boko Haram began its insurgency here a decade ago, taking deliberate aim at education. The group has murdered some 2,300 teachers, destroyed more than 1,400 schools, and kidnapped scores of students. But as war grinds into its 10th year, a counterinsurgency is building on unlikely front lines: battered open-air classrooms inside camps for displaced people, and dormitories at girls’ boarding schools, jammed with chattering teenagers in pink hijabs. Many here say Boko Haram’s fight against schools has backfired, though progress is fragile. “Lack of education is the disease that caused [Boko Haram] in the first place,” says Fanne Abdullahi, a mother of five who lives in a wind-swept camp in Maiduguri. The “classrooms” are little more than grass roofs; the walls were stolen for firewood. On a recent morning, Mastapha Kaltumi taught math to about 50 fidgety third-graders as children played tag nearby. “I’m so relieved to teach again,” Mr. Kaltumi says. “It’s gotten rid of perhaps 30 percent of the trauma I felt. At least I am engaging my mind.”

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Mother-daughter duo donated 16000 books to students

PHOTO: Books at South Polk Elementary Schools Free Book Giveaway Day in May 2018.

One mother-daughter duo is proof that the power of learning goes beyond the classroom.

JoAnn Hooker, 59, and her daughter, Sara Hooker-Weaver, 34, are teachers at South Polk Elementary School in Old Fort, Tennessee, who have provided free books to hundreds of their students over the past four years.


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Farm to School program teaches kids about food systems, farming

“How many of you think you would like to be a farmer some day?”

That’s a question put to elementary students during a classroom visit before they venture forth on a farm field trip. Raised hands are counted and then, given the chance after the trip to ask the question again, we discover if we’ve inspired any potential new farmers.

The hope is we’ve stirred an interest in the kind of person who wants to build an independent business, and who takes pride in nourishing the community while caring for the land and water. That’s a farmer.

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Books boom back – Kids rule in libraries

From the library service — with more than 330 branch libraries and 31 of the mobile variety — comes news that should be celebrated in homes and schools across the country. Its report on borrowings for last year show that most of the top 20 borrowed books were titles for children. Only one novel for adults is in the top 10 list.

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The rewarding life of a professional artist


If you asked alumna and FIU employee Peggy Nolan whether or not she had any doubts about deciding to study art, she would quickly and proudly answer “no.”

“It’s just really fun to make art,” says the 74-year-old. “Much more fun than I can imagine almost anything else.”

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