alter: an after school arts program
“The arts, whether as formal therapy, community outreach or enrichment, do impact lives in positive, far-reaching ways.” -Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC
m.a.m.a. earth is a Los Angeles-based grassroots community organization, founded by Jaime Kailani Bayot – big sister to Grammy-award winner, Bruno Mars and 1/4 of new singing group, The Lylas. Our mission is to inspire others to give back in their own communities while raising awareness about issues that affect us all. 4mamaearth partners with schools, local and global non-profit organizations to present enrichment classes, hands-on workshops and fundraising events.
We are so excited to have launched our pilot program of ALTER: An Arts and Creative Writing After-School Program for grades 9-12 at Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles, created by artist and educator,Ronda Brown and Grammy-nominated poet and performer, Sonja Marie. The pilot program began this month and will run until the end of the school year in June.
Sufficient data exists to overwhelmingly support the belief that study and participation in the fine arts is a key component in improving learning throughout all academic areas. Evidence of its effectiveness in reducing student dropout, raising student attendance, developing better team players, fostering a love for learning, improving greater student dignity, enhancing student creativity, and producing a more prepared citizen for the workplace for tomorrow can be found documented in studies held in many varied settings, from school campuses, to corporate America.
m.a.m.a. earth is helping to develop ALTER to establish much needed Arts Programs to underserved youth. The ALTER program will impart skills in both Visual and Language Arts that can literally alter the students’ trajectory for productive citizenry and livelihood. The students will complete the program with the building blocks necessary for turning their ideas into tangible pieces of work.
School districts rarely provide allocated funding for high school arts and after school programs and this is the case at Crenshaw High school and many other high schools in the low-income areas of South Los Angeles. m.a.m.a. earth, as an organization, seeks to provide opportunities to champion Arts Education but we need the help of generous supporters, foundations and donors like you. We cannot afford to wait until public school budgets catch up with the needs of our youth. The time is now to invest in the futures of our at-risk and underserved youth. ALTER has begun its pilot program at the Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles. Due to lack of after school funding, ALTER will need to be independently funded. This program will serve as one of the only visual arts after-school or extra-curricular opportunities for the students in that area.
Your kind and generous donations will provide ALTER students, grade 9-12, with:
• Credentialed and Professional Facilitators
• Materials for the projects (art supplies, printing)
• Field Trips (Working artist studio, museums and performances)
• Nutritious Snacks
We invite you to learn more about our proposed program and thank you in advance for your generous support in helping the global team that is m.a.m.a. earth create powerful partnerships to provide the necessary programs, skills and tools to ensure that all children have opportunities to succeed.
DONATE TO THIS PROGRAM NOW, any donation over $100 is tax-deductible.
m.a.m.a. earth celebrates the many ways that we can make positive change in our communities around the world. As this week marks World Doula Week, we are celebrating the sentiment that it’s not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that is the miracle of birth.
What is a doula? A Doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. The purpose of World Doula Week is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period. World Doula Week events are taking place all over the world this week, celebrating the benefits of the presence of doulas in birth and in the postpartum period.
Did you know that the presence of a doula at childbirth reduces the incidence of c-section, may shorten the length of labor, reduces epidural and analgesic requests, increases breastfeeding initiation and continuation, reduces the incidence of postpartum mood disorders and increases a mother’s satisfaction with her birth experience?
Since 2007, m.a.m.a. earth has been offering up easy ways for people to give to charitable causes and support issues that affect us all.
This February, m.a.m.a. earth will sponsor the amazing Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival in Oriental Mindoro Philippines (on 27 Feb – 3 Mar 2014) to help increase awareness about the festival, promote m.a.m.a earth’s mission of art, music and nature making a change for the better and to strengthen our connection to the Philippines.
The festival is highly publicized in local and international media for its awe-inspiring landscape and unique eco-cultural program. Adventure, environment, and eco-cultural tourism are its cornerstones and the festival takes a pro-active stance in promoting the best things about the country and its culture, with a conservationist approach. Malasimbo’s Corporate Social Responsibility is focused on the environment (reforestation, marineprotection), indigenous people, and also working on the protection of the native animals that are heading for extinction (i.e. Tamaraw Bull). Malasimbo also works with the Liter of Light project and in the past, has installed Solar Panels in indigenous people’s villages.
Check out more about the festival on these blogs:
Founded in 2007, m.a.m.a. earth uses the power of art, music and nature to make a change for the better with all-ages enrichment classes at schools and community centers, powerful work around the world on environmental stewardship and sustainability, as well as hosting fundraising concerts for various charities. m.a.m.a. earth has evolved into doing great work with national non-profits in the US, Jamaica, Africa and Haiti and has formed international chapters of m.a.m.a. earth in Brazil, Chile, Germany, UK and the Philippines and also gained followers in more than 40 countries.
After Sonja Marie blows our minds with the astrology download on Sunday, we’re gonna need to do some dancing to clear our heads.
Join us in the heart of Venice Beach on Sunday night at Townhouse & The Del Monte. No school or work the next day - let’s go! http://on.fb.me/1atPWp5
2013 has been full of big ideas, accomplishments, loss, beauty, inspiration – and most of all…LOVE. Every day, people ask us, “What is m.a.m.a. earth?”, “What does m.a.m.a. earth DO?” The short answer?
m.a.m.a. earth is a global family using the power of art, music and nature to make a change for the better.
Did you know that one of our recent blog posts was read in more than 39 countries?
Did you know that there are m.a.m.a. earth chapters in Brazil, Chile, Germany, UK and the Philippines?
Did you know that you can Get Involved! and bring your own big ideas to life with us?
Here’s a wrap up of what m.a.m.a. earth – with the help of an amazing team – accomplished this year…whew!
The One Peace Art Show
In June, we presented our first interactive gallery art show at the historic Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. A BIG thank you to JNA Gallery for opening its doors for a family-friendly day with live screenprinting from HIT+RUN, signature punch bowls from Del Monte Speakeasy, interactive art curated by ALTER, exhibitions from fashion/portrait photographer Jiro Schneider, creative genius Shah Wonders, the supra magical mystical artist Ronda Brown, and m.a.m.a. earth founder, Jaime Kailani Bayot’s very own son, Marley Van Peebles.
A week before the show, our beloved Bernadette Bayot passed away suddenly. We were all stunned and heartbroken and we weren’t sure how to proceed. But Bernie would have always said the show must go on so Jaime Kailani brought Bernie’s incredible paintings from the family home in Oahu, Hawaii and we honored Bernie with an exhibition in the show.
The day was so FULL of beauty, community, creativity, music and laughter. Thank you to all that participated!
Check out this clip by Illusionary Films documenting the day:
Thank you to Center for Living Peace for Another Year of All-ages Enrichment Classes
We are so honored to continue to be an affiliate of the non-profit community hub called Center for Living Peace (in Irvine, California), alongside the likes of Pacific Symphony, The Ecology Center and Girl Scouts. This year, we presented classes to inspire creativity and vision with classes about Healing Crystals, Percussion, Metal-Work, Afro-Cuban Dance and more! Thank you to world-renowned instructors like dancer Kimberly Miguel Mullen, Erika Elizondo, Sonja Marie, Violeta Villacorta and the list goes on. Center for Living Peace has hosted His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, Queen Noor of Jordan, Charlize Theron, Eboo Patel and more. We are in AMAZING company and can’t wait to see Center for Living Peace continue their growth and commitment to making good happen on this planet.
Because we know our audience spans the globe, we are now working to present these classes online for all to participate. Thank you to those that took our first ONLINE Art of Astrology class with the one and only Sonja Marie last month. We had students from Germany, Brazil and all over the United States!
A Year of Incredible SOUNDLAB showcases at Witzend Live
We spent this year co-presenting monthly showcases with non-profit GreenRoots Presents featuring an eclectic mix of some of the best singer/songwriters and musicians around. People like Jacob Luttrell (one of pop music’s busiest people who has written hit records for artists like Justin Bieber, Enrique Iglesias, Akon and Pitbull), Andy Allo (who toured with Prince – yes, THAT PRINCE), and Jamar Rogers (former finalist of The Voice), Filipina singer/songwriter Melissa Polinar and countless others brought their voices, guitars, drums, violins, cellos and more to the stage to help us raise money for m.a.m.a. earth’s ongoing programs, Oklahoma Tornado Relief and more. All shows took place at the one and only Witzend Live in Venice, California – an intimate live music venue opened by the late great, Jeb Milne, who passed away suddenly in September. As we have witnessed the passing of some amazing individuals this year, we are only more motivated to dedicate ourselves to the present moment and work that is enriching and fulfilling for all!
A big thank you also goes out to to ElevenSound, the incomparable Common Kings and Tre “SlimKid3″ Hardson, formerly of the legendary Pharcyde, for an amazing showcase of music last August to help spread the word about our work! ElevenSound houses a unique and beautiful live music venue above their audio post-production studios in Santa Monica. Since 2007, they have hosted over 100 professional and philanthropic live music events!
With a little help from Bruno Mars, m.a.m.a. earth was able to donate two autographed Fender ukuleles to help raise some money for US Department of Education Green Ribbon Award-winning, Journey School, a public Waldorf charter school in Southern California. The Green Ribbon Award is a recognition award that honors schools and districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The other ukulele raised funds for New Horizon School, a progressive and independent Islamic School in Orange County preparing children to make positive contributions to the global community with a character enriched with knowledge, inspired to excellence, and committed to the betterment of family, community, and humanity. Kudos to both of these schools!
And finally, NATURE! A big part of m.a.m.a. earth’s work is about food justice and the basic human right to healthy food. Our Papa Earth, urban farmer Eugene Cooke, has been very busy sharing his knowledge and the tools needed to empower communities around the world. Here’s a list of his accomplishments this year:
- Visited Haiti to teach composting with League of Hope
- Visited New Orleans, Louisiana to assist in preparing urban farm sites for spring and summer planting with Sankofa CDC
- Continued work with One Love Learning Foundation with visits to Jamaica
- Established ROOTS market in Atlanta, Georgia selling fresh and pickled produce, local native medicines and teas
- Presented a talk entitled “Liquid Design” at the New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Masaru Emoto‘s 70th birthday celebration Water Ceremony in Southern California
- Developed the UGRO (Urban Garden Resilency Oasis) Learning Garden leading many Native Skills workshops with youth and adults
- Published the expanded Second Edition of the book Grow Where You Are
So, there you have it! A look back at 2013.
What does the future hold? We can’t wait to find out!
On behalf of our entire global team, we offer our deepest gratitude to all of you who took time to follow us on social media, those who made a donation to one of our fundraisers, those who bought a ticket to one of our events, the teachers who share their time and talent, the incredible venues that open their doors to us and all of the people around the world who are somehow touched by what we do, in ways big and small.
Much love and Happy New Year,
Creative Director at m.a.m.a. earth
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