NEA Big Read

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs


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Literacy Festival presented by United Way of Greater LA

"Fall into Literacy" is an annual community book festival, organized by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles that promotes reading. Event includes community booths representing local schools, civic services, social services, recreation programs, the arts and more. Festival activities include a stage with live entertainment, face painting, informational presentations, food vendors, book signings, book vendors, and targeted activities for early learning, teens, and the community in general. Festival focus in the geographic Harbor area. The Big Read materials distributed at the festival include information for participation in the 2017 NEA Big Read Program and coloring posters for children. The festival takes place on the grounds of the historic Banning Residence Museum and will include tours of the museum, led by educators and docents.

Event Location: Banning Residence Museum, 401 E. M Street, Wilmington, CA 90744

Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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Fall Into Literacy Book Festival

"Fall into Literacy" is an annual community book festival, organized by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles that promotes reading. Event includes community booths representing local schools, civic services, social services, recreation programs, the arts and more. Festival activities include a stage with live entertainment, face painting, informational presentations, food vendors, book signings, book vendors, and targeted activities for early learning, teens, and the community in general. Festival focus in the geographic Harbor area. The Big Read materials distributed at the festival include information for participation in the 2017 NEA Big Read Program and coloring posters for children. The festival takes place on the grounds of the historic Banning Residence Museum and will include tours of the museum, led by educators and docents.

Event Location: Banning Residence Museum, 401 E. M Street, Wilmington, CA 90744

Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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Sony Pictures Media Arts Program

Students from all over Los Angeles participate in this media arts program. Students will read the poetry of Emily Dickinson and create original short films, which will be screened at the culminating event. This 30-week, tuition-free media arts program, held after-school twice a week, is for middle school students aged 10 to 14. Students learn drawing and painting techniques and how to draw from a model, animate, put together an art portfolio, and create artwork on computers. The program culminates in a public exhibition and screening of the artwork produced by the students. This program is part of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, a partnership between the CalArts Community Arts Partnership, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Program sites: Banning’s Landing Community Cultural Center 100 E. Water Street Wilmington, CA 91303 Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock 2225 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center 10620 Graham Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90002 Pacoima City Hall 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 91331 William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center 2332 W. Fourth Street Los Angeles, CA 90057 For more information, please call 661.222.2708.

Event Location: various locations, , Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2016
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

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Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2017
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Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

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Date: Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, Apr 3, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, Apr 10, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, May 1, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, May 8, 2017
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Date: Mon, May 15, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, May 22, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, May 29, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, Jun 5, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Date: Mon, Jun 12, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

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A Celebration of Poets: LA Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate

Join us on November 1, 2016 for a celebration of poetry with Get Lit - Words Ignite, featuring poetry written by teens. This event will also recognize Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez, as his two-year appointment comes to a close. Rhiannon, Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles will cap the program. The NEA Big Read Program information will be distributed. Guests will be invited to participate in the Big Read's reading groups of Emily Dickinson's poems.

Event Location: Central Library - Mark Taper Auditorium , 630 W. 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Date: Tue, Nov 1, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

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The Belle of Amherst: Performance and Tea Party

Actress Melanie Jones mesmerizes as Emily Dickinson in this one woman play, sharing her journey as a unique and daring artist in 1800's New England. Play is written by William Luce. Attendees will receive a copy of this year's NEA Big Read book, "The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson." Performance is followed by a tea party with Ms. Jones. For ticket information, please call (310) 833-4813. This program is presented by the Grand Vision Foundation. The Grand Annex, a 150-seat cabaret concert venue down the street from the historic Warner Grand, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Event Location: Grand Annex - Grand Vision Foundation, 434 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Date: Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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The Belle of Amherst - Performance for High School Audiences

A one-woman performance, starring actress Melanie Jones, about American poet, Emily Dickinson, by William Luce. This performance is presented for public school students at local high schools. Free and Open to high school students. Call Grand Annex to register your school in advance. Open to schools participating in the NEA Big Read Program and "The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. For details, visit Grandannex.org call for details 310.833.4813

Event Location: Grand Vision Annex , 434 W 6th Street , San Pedro , CA 90731

Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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Grand Park's Downtown Bookfest

5th Annual Bookfest celebrates Poetry! In collaboration with the City of Los Angeles’ NEA Big Read, honoring the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest turns Dickinson’s poetry inside out with performances by Cut Chemist + Hymnal, Dan Prathers and Mayda Del Valle. Free hands-on activities include creating your own pieces of poetic genius with PUBLISH! by Writ Large Press, constructing handmade books using dried plant specimens, a photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose, free writing advice, 826LA’s never-ending story, and pop-up bookshops for literary lovers big and small. FAMILY STAGE PERFORMANCES: Celebrating emerging and established L.A. artists and voices: Hosted by Mayda Del Valle 12:15pm – 12:35pm Get Lit Players 12:45 – 1:45pm Poetry by Dan Prathers 2:00pm – 2:20pm Bernard High School Emily Dickinson Response Poems 2:20pm – 2:40pm Write Your Own L.A. Poem Workshop 3:00pm – 4:00pm Cut Chemist + Hymnal: Words + Beats 4:05pm – 5:00pm Readings of Red Hen Press Poets Brendan Constantine, Kim Dower, Blas Falconer, Siel Ju, and Ron Koerte. ACTIVITIES BY L.A.’s BEST READERS and WRITERS: The Writer Is In: Grand Park’s Teaching-Writer-in-Residence and LUNCHTIME! Writer’s Meetup facilitator Traci Kato Kiriyama offers free writing consultation to dislodge any blocks, offer advice, or give words of encouragement. Emily’s BIG READ: The City of L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs leads Big Read activities exploring the life and times of Emily Dickinson, including a book-making workshop inspired by Dickinson’s collection of 400 plant specimens, creating personal treasures with magnetic poetry in a tin box, and a poetry photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose. Write Where You Are: Create your own L.A. poem in an activity taught by three generations of L.A. poets, including Mike “The Poet” Sonksen and traci kato-kiriyama. Let it NEVER-EVER End: Stop by 826LA and the Time Travel Mart to pick up goods or leave your mark in their never-ending story. PUBLISH! and Deconstruct Emily: Dickinson’s poems get refashioned, reordered, and reinvented via vintage typewriters in a activity led by Writ Large Press Discover the Work: Take home new finds at the Red Hen Press , Skylight Books, and Get Lit Publications pop-up bookshops. Get Crafty: Paper art-making with Ryman Arts. Finally Get That Library Card! Sign up and learn about the County of Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library Information subject to change For more information about Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest, please visit grandparkla.org/bookfest.

Event Location: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Sat, Mar 11, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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Film Screening "The Belle of Amherst" 1976 starring Julie Harris

The 14th annual LA Harbor International Film Festival hosts a special screening of the 1976 film, "The Belle of Amherst," starring Julie Harris. A limited quantity of free books available, visit lahaborfilmfest.com. Film screening will be followed by a book to film discussion. Free and open to the public. The NEA Big Read film screening is free; all other screenings at the Festival require an admission ticket, www.brownpapertickets.com - telephone (800) 838-3006; or Warner Grant Theatre (WGT) box office one hour prior to screening cash sales only The LAHIFF takes place March 16-19, 2017, at the vintage art deco Warner Grand Theatre, one of the original Warner Brothers “triplets.” It was dedicated in 1931 by Jack Warner who told the audience, “You will enter the palace of your dreams.” The Warner Grand Theatre is a Los Angeles landmark, included in the National Register of Historic Places, and a stellar example of art-deco style. The theater is managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Public parking lots and metered street parking is available. Arrive early and explore San Pedro’s many dining venues within walking distance of the WGT. For more information and program schedule, please visit: laharborfilmfest.com.

Event Location: Grand Vision Theater , 478 W 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Date: Sat, Mar 18, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

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Big Read Proclamation and Civic Ceremony

Join the Los Angeles City Council at an official Proclamation Ceremony in recognition of Literature and Poetry through DCA’s 2017 Big Read Program in LA. This civic event highlights the power and place of the written word and its ability to kindle conversation and ignite imagination. Join students, schools, and cultural partners as the Los Angeles City Council and other elected officials recognize The Big Read Program in LA. The event will be capped off with a special reading by Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez, and pop-up performances by poets and spoken word artists. For more information, please visit BigReadLA.org or call 213.202.5567.

Event Location: City Hall Los Angeles , 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date: Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

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Postermaking: Poetry and Prints

The workshop will explore Emily Dickinson's affinity for flowers and gardens and how she used that them throughout her writings. Participants will then create mono-silkscreened posters based on her works and new poems created by each participant. Workshop includes book discussion and hands-on artmaking. Self Help Graphics (SHG) is the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. SHG’ vision is to be the pre-eminent center for Latino art in printmaking, exhibition and training, and to be a resource for young and emerging artists. For more information, visit selfhelpgraphics.com

Event Location: Self Help Graphics & Art , 1300 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Date: Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 8, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

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Jeff Chang: Be Alright

The Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory welcomes you to a dynamic evening to explore the power of words, the gravity of popular culture, and the creativity and shifts taking place in our society. Jeff Chang has written extensively on the intersection of race, art, and civil rights, and the sociopolitical forces that guided the hip-hop, including the New York Times, Salon, Slate, and Buzzfeed, among others. He is the award winning author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation” and “Who We Be.” His latest publication is “We Gon’ be Alright.” Chang was selected as a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and was named one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. Due to the extremely popularity of this speaker, space is anticipated to fill up quickly. Advance reservations encouraged. For more information and to reserve space, visit bharts.org or call 213.293.6170

Event Location: Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, 2708 E. Cesar Chavez Ave, Boyle Heights, CA 90033

Date: Fri, Mar 31, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Emily Dickinson: Poet and Baker - A Culinary History

Linda Civatello, culinary historian, leads a dynamic presentation about Emily Dickinson as a woman, a poet and a baker, how American baking was changing profoundly during her lifetime, and how cooking and writing are connected. Discussion includes the expectations and attitudes related to women and cooking, especially baking, and women and writing at that time and how many of them are still with us. Discover when and how American identity occurred in cooking and in the arts at the same time. Event includes taste tasting of food prepared according to Dickinson's recipe from the mid-19th century, and another one using a recipe from the late 18th century. Poems from the NEA Big Read Program in LA's title selection, "The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson" will be discussed.

Event Location: Westwood Library Branch, 1256 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Date: Sat, Apr 1, 2017
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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Printmaking WIth Poetry

Los Angeles artist, Karla Diaz (Slanguage), will lead a poetry workshop for homeless families. Participants will produce a print featuring a poem selected from original writing this workshop. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact: bharts.org, or call 213.293.6170

Event Location: Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, 2708 E. Cesar Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Date: Tue, Apr 4, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Develop Your Own Writing Genius

Eric Esquivel leads youth to discover their own voice and develop their writing. Workshop for youth who may find a connection to the dark beauty of Emily Dickinson’s work and their own voices. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact: bharts.org, or call 213.293.6170

Event Location: Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, 2708 E. Cesar Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Date: Wed, Apr 5, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Family Poetry and Writing Workshop

Come to the historic Barnsdall Park in Hollywood for an afternoon of poetry and art, inspired by American poet Emily Dickinson. Families will have the opportunity to create a poem or story as they learn about the interconnection between art and writing. For more information please contact Art Instructor/Education Coordinator, Marta Feinstein, at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: lamag@lacity.org www.lamag.org 323.644.6269

Event Location: Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 N. Hollywood Blvd. , Barnsdall Park, Hollywood, CA 90027

Date: Sat, Apr 8, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Reading

Readers, poetry lovers, book enthusiasts and those curious about the beauty and power of words are invited to join this community conservation and discovery of the work of Emily Dickinson. Attendees will receive a free copy of this year's NEA Big Read Program title selection. For more information, visit lapl.org

Event Location: Sunland - Tujunga Branch Library, 7771 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA 91042

Date: Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Join book lovers at Los Angeles’ long-running and popular book festival. This year marks the 22nd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Stop by the Department of Cultural Affairs’ booth in the popular Young Adults / Kids area to learn about public, citywide, and culturally diverse NEA Big Read Program in LA activities focused on this year’s book selection of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Visitors will receive a Big Read bookmark and other educational and cultural materials from DCA. Activities will include a discussion about Emily Dickinson's work. This year's NEA Big Read in LA program will feature a papier-mâché tree with blank leaves for the public to write a verse and hang on the tree, PoeTree, which becomes an interactive portal for people to connect through words, and a symbol of education and communication. Booth number will be available in March 2017. For more information, contact 212.202.5567.

Event Location: University of Southern California (USC, , Los Angeles, CA 90089

Date: Sat, Apr 22, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Date: Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

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The Legand of the Ark of Time

KAOS Network will host a poetry reading and creative writing event in conjunction with the Leimert Park Art Walk. Come and learn about Los Angele’s little known history of the Adobe in the Crenshaw area, with shadow puppets, filmmaking, and the poem, below, by SunRa. ONCE UPON A TIME Let the centuries be your enlightment Read your histories Your history of oneness Your history of once upon a time once upon at time But before once was nothing And after once is twice Never before the once And twice to presence of never The pleasant nothing of never For nothing And nothing from nothing leaves Nothing And one from nothing leaves Nothing And two from two leaves nothing And three from three leaves nothing And everything from everything leaves nothing And nothing from nothing inverted leaves Everything So if one sends one There is nothing For one from one Leaves nothing There is nothing in the never land Of Never. Leimert Park Artwalk 1:00 - 8:00 pm Big Read Poetry Workshop starts at 2:00 pm. Presented by KAOS Network and LA Commons. KAOS Network is a nonprofit cultural facility dedicated to nurturing the careers of emerging artists. For more information, please contact bencaldwellfilm@aol.com, or call 323.296.5717.

Event Location: Leimert Park Artwalk , KAOS Network at Crenshaw and Degnan Blvd, 4343 Leimert Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90008

Date: Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 8:00pm

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Sony Pictures Media Arts Program Animated Films Screening

A curated selection of animated shorts created by students of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program. The films are inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, this year’s NEA Big Read featured author. The screening of these animated short films is the culmination of the program. The films created by middle and high school students who participate in the year-round Sony Pictures Media Arts Program at Banning's Landing Community Center in Wilmington, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Pacoima City Hall, Watts Towers Arts Center, and the William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center near MacArthur Park. The Sony Pictures Media Arts Program is sponsored by the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Barnsdall Park is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). For more information, call 661.222.2708.

Event Location: Barnsdall Gallery Theater, Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd , Los Angeles , CA 90027

Date: Sat, Jun 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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