We Tell Stories Partners with the

National Endowment for the Arts

  

Dear Friends and Family,
 
After 28 years of creating great art in education, this year we reached out to the community for help.  And, the community responded. You responded.

Your donations got us through the end of our fiscal year.  Because of you, we were
able to secure a $21,000 grant from the NEA to continue the work that was
curtailed by the Los Angeles Unified School District meltdown. 

So, you are now our partners in this grant.  We need to raise matching funds to
be awarded this money.  Once again, we turn to you.  We are asking that you pledge
$10, $12, $14, or $16 a month for the next 12 months.  That’s an annual pledge
of between $120 and $200 that will ensure that this program of performances, student workshops, and staff development will continue to benefit the schools and the students
of Southern California.

Now, we are not just a bunch of artists wanting to do good work for kids, we are part
of a community of people who want good work to be done. Together, we can do it! 
                   
Sincerely,
 
                                                   
Carl Weintraub
Founder, We Tell Stories
 
To donate your one-time gift or set up your gift for $10, $12, $14, or $16/month, go to: http://wetellstories.org/support.htm
 

 

                                                                              Photos by B. Oltmann
WTS Artists Armando Ortega, Gerald James, Jully Lee
in new Kitoto costumes created by Los Angeles County Arts Commission
funded Intern, 2009 UCLA Grad Priscilla Watson.

IN THIS SUMMER ISSUE:

 
We Tell Stories
 
is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization.

Location:
5740 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Phone:
323.256.2336 
 
Fax:
323.256.3236 
 
Email: 
info@wetellstories.org
 
Online:


Board of Directors

Carl Weintraub, Chairman

William Turner, President
 
Larry Guzin,
Vice President  
   
Dennis Carter, Treasurer
 
Gilbert Pacheco, Secretary


 
We Tell Stories
is grateful for the support from the following organizations:
 
Corporate Partnership
 
Employees Community Fund of Boeing California
 
 
 

Funders

 
Ahmanson Foundation
 
 
 City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment 
 
 
City of Los Angeles, Department
of Cultural Affairs

 

City National Bank
 
 
Employees Community Fund of Boeing California 
 
 
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
 
 
National Endowment
for the Arts
 

 Norris Foundation
 
  
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
 

 Stern Memorial Trust
 
 
Collaborators
 

Arts for All  
 
 
Big Sunday 
 
 
 Centennial Plaza Park
 
 
Children’s Creative Project
 
 
Community Arts Resources (CARS)
 
 
 Los Angeles County MTA—Go Metro
 

 Los Angeles Music Center
Education Division 
 
 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
 
 
  Los Angeles Unified School District, Arts Education Branch
 

North Figueroa Association
 
 
 Old LA Farmers Market
 
 
Orange County
Performing Arts Center 
 
 
 Performances to Grow On
 
 
 Festival Plaza de la Raza
 
 
Community Partners
 

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council (HHPNC)
 
 
North Figueroa Association
 
 
Councilmember
Ed P. Reyes, District 1
 
 
Councilmember 
Jose Huizar, District 14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
National Endowment for the Arts
  Awards Grant to We Tell Stories
 
                                                                   
Left to Right: Back Row: Linda Miller (Teaching Artist), Tony Gatto (Performing Artist),
Carl Weintraub (Founder and Teaching Artist), Brian Meredith (Performing Artist)
Middle Row: Candy Danzig (Teaching Artist), Pablo Marz (Teaching Artist),
Maricella Ibarra (Performing Artist) Caryn Andrea Lindsey (Performing Artist)
Front Row: Diana Tanaka (Artistic Director)
 
 Other Company Members:  Rico Anderson, Teri Benjamin, Beresford Bennett, Jesse Bliss, Gina Fields, 
Keith Gaytan, Carrie Gibson, Denise Iketani, Gerald James, Peter Kors, Jully Lee, David Lewis, Angela Lloyd,
John Miyasaki, Laura Napoli, Cadry Nelson, David Nott, Armando Ortega, Deena Rubinson, Pogo Saito, 
Ova Saopeng, Michelle Simek, Annika Smith, Carla Vega
 
We Tell Stories has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The grant is part of NEA’s Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth to advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings.
 
WTS will provide an expanded version of its much acclaimed theatre/literacy residency at schools throughout Los Angeles. The grant will impact elementary school children by improving skills in reading comprehension. Student self-esteem, imagination, and team-building skills will also be enhanced.  Although our current data indicates a high approval rating among teachers, parents, and students, the NEA grant will also support an outcome based evaluation.

In each school, students will receive 80 theatre/literacy workshops culminating in student performances. At each school, teachers will receive professional development to continue work long after We Tell Stories has completed the residency. This program is particularly necessary because the district no longer funds arts education programs, such as this. But, the NEA has partially funded We Tell Stories, and, now, we need your help.

To pledge your annual or monthly gift go to:  http://wetellstories.org/support.htm
   
or click here to: print our donor/recurring gift form to send or fax back.

 
SUPPORT OUR WORK A LITTLE AT A TIME...
Establish a Recurring Gift
 
 
Instead of making a one-time donation, you may set up a monthly giving plan whereby a predetermined gift amount is automatically charged to your credit card.
 
For as little as $5 per month, a recurring gift provides WE TELL STORIES with a steady income to educate and entertain thousands and to nurture our future generation of artists and theatre-goers. A recurring gift saves you the hassle -- and us the resources -- associated with quarterly appeal letters.
 
To pledge your annual or monthly gift (ONLINE, FAX, OR MAIL) go to:  http://wetellstories.org/support.htm
 
If you would prefer not to donate online, you may
print our donor/recurring gift form to send or fax back.  

Or call us at 323-256-2336
 

 BOOK YOUR OWN WTS SHOW!
WTS is a traveling, multicultural theatre company and serves 100 communities throughout the Southland at schools, libraries, museums, and other venues. WTS performs with our signature trunk shows, celebrating classic literature, folktales, and legends for all to enjoy.
 
 
WTS Artists Candy Danzig, Linda Miller, John Miyasaki
making waves at the Culver City Library.

 
WTS can perform for YOU at your school, library, or special event.
Contact Programs Director Susan Devlin to book a show! susan@wetellstories.org

  Some discounts available!
 

 
JOIN US FOR THE “BE CREATIVE” SERIES AT THE CULVER CITY JULIAN DIXON LIBRARY
ALL SHOWS ARE FREE!
 WTS Founder Carl Weintraub, Artistic Director Diana Tanaka,
Teaching Artist Linda Miller with one of our stars. 


Funded by the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund
with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.


We Tell Stories and the Culver City Julian Dixon Library celebrate the County of Los Angeles Public Library's Summer Reading Program, “Be Creative @ Your Library,” with 8 different performances about creativity and imagination. Shows are interactive, multicultural, and educational, blending laughter and literacy together for fun-filled afternoons for parents and children, alike.
 
 “Be Creative @ Your Library” Performance Schedule
 
•    Wednesday, July 1 at 2 pm
    “Flying”
Stories about flight including the famous Greek myth
     “Daedalus and Icarus.”

•    Wednesday, July 8 at 2 pm
    “Music” – A French fable, an African American rap poem, and an
      African folktale entertained with musical elements.

•    Wednesday, July 15 at 2 pm
     “Riddles” – British, Nordic, and Chinese stories that tickle the mind.

•    Wednesday, July 22 at 2 pm
      “Creation Myths” – Multicultural myths that ancients told about the
      beginning of the world.

•    Wednesday, July 29 at 2 pm
     “How & Why?” –  Charming ‘Pourquoi’ folktales from Greece, Africa,  
      and Vietnam that explain natural phenomena.

•    Wednesday, August 5 at 2 pm

    “Tricksters” 
Chronicles of fun-loving tricksters from around the
      world.

•    Wednesday, August 12 at 2 pm         
    “Magic” – Tales from Japan, Nicaragua, and Columbia with magical
      creatures.

•    Wednesday, August 19 at 2 pm
     “Fiesta La Ballona” – Stories that celebrate Culver City’s heritage
      and the annual Fiesta La Ballona.
 
4975 Overland Blvd
Culver City, CA  90230
310-559-1676
Performances are FREE!
 
For a complete schedule of events, visit “The Arts Are Alive in Culver City” at www.culvercity.org/culture.asp. Performances are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Culver City Julian Dixon Library is part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
 

It's All Greek to WTS


                                                                Photo by Aaron Paley 
WTS Artists Keith Gatyon and Gina Fields as Hercules and Hera
 
We Tell Stories packed the Getty Villa in Malibu for the Family Festival on May 31, 2009.  Over 1,400 children and their families enjoyed the WTS classic, “The Whole Life of Hercules."
 

 
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 Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein


         Thank you!        
 

 
DON'T MISS THIS WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY... 

 
TO HELP We Tell Stories!
From the Culver City Library Series, Season of Giving
                                                     
 
Thank you! 
 
 
We Tell Stories is a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Organization (Tax ID# 95-3803911).
All contributions are 100% tax deductible.