artworxLA (formerly The HeArt Project) is a non-profit organization combating the high school dropout crisis by creatively engaging alternative education high school students.
Robin Sukhadia – Director Development and Communications
Taking inspiration from Homer’s The Odyssey and the theme of the “Journey Home,” students from Arleta Cal-Safe (an alternative high school exclusively for young pregnant teens at risk of dropping out) drew parallels between their own lives and the challenges Odysseus faced during his epic journey back to Ithaca. Working with teaching artist Gloria Alvarez, students explored the meaning of “home,” the significance of names (Odysseus > odyssey), and the dilemma of being a stranger in one’s own land. Arleta students shared their own personal journey about teen pregnancy and losing loved ones in a poetry reading on stage at the Los Angeles Central Library.
artworxLA students at the Hollywood Media Arts Academy were introduced to Ableton music production software and MIDI controllers during a two-hour music workshop led by Dave Hillel, Regional Director of Ableton International. This unique workshop gave our students the unique opportunity to explore how to produce electronic music using cutting edge technology.
Using iPads and charcoal sticks, students at Boyle Heights Technology Academy created an animated film loosely based on concepts and narratives from The Odyssey. Teaching Artist Roderick Smith’s classes emphasized personal exploration and transformative experiences through the art of drawing. While the activity was aimed at providing students with the opportunity to investigate a wide variety of expressive techniques through the medium of charcoal, the overarching goal was to help them discover the unique and revelatory possibilities of art and to realize that creative adventure and self-discovery requires a willingness to voyage out into unknown.
For 11-weeks, students from Amelia Earhart H.S. collaborated in developing a short film based on Homer’s poem The Odyssey. Students in this workshop learned how to use digital film cameras, sound recording equipment, and storyboards to produce a modern take of the story. This art intensive workshop was taught be teaching artist Kate Marks.
Following the theme “Interpreting an Epic Adventure: Homer’s The Odyssey”, artworxLA students from The Hollywood Media Arts Academy performed a modern retelling of the epic poem. This 11-week art intensive was overseen by Teaching Artist Dave Rosenberg.