WE TELL STORIES...

   IS GREEN 

 WTS recycles ordinary items...
turning them into creative and imaginative costumes! 

                                                                                                                                    Photos by B. Oltmann
 
WTS Artists John Miyasaki, Candy Danzig, and Linda Miller
play to a full house in The Marriage of Sir Gawain and Lady Ragnell,
adapted from a story of 14th Century Medieval English literature. 


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
 
Photos and Newsletter
Betsy Oltmann 


 
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
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Department of Cultural Affairs
Awards Grants to We Tell Stories
 

Founder Carl Weintraub in the Spirit of Black Folklore with one of our audience stars.
 
We Tell Stories has received two grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to provide a series of storytelling performances throughout Los Angeles.  The Department of Cultural Affairs awards grants for services related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and support of artistic cultural services within the City of Los Angeles.  "The continued trust and support of our funders is deeply valued and speaks volumes for the reputation of WTS in the community," remarks Development Director Betsy Oltmann.

If you are interested in having We Tell Stories perform at your school, library, festival, or event, call We Tell Stories at 323-256-2336. 

Additionally, We Tell Stories has received funding to provide the Haunted Harvest Festival in concert with the North Figueroa Association Farmers Market.  A seasonal favorite, the event includes entertainment, costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, and much more!
 
Call 323-256-2336 for more information or Sponsorship opportunities!

 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION SUPPORTS
WE TELL STORIES 

WTS Artists Armando Ortega, Gerald James, and Jully Lee in Signifying Monkey. 
 
We Tell Stories is excited to report that funding has been awarded by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC) for an OGP Grant to develop a business/strategic plan. The LACAC OGP Grants provide organizations with capacity building funds to use for strengthening agency infrastructure.  "It simply is healthy business practice to have a business plan...it's the only way to survive in this day and age," remarks Board President Bill Turner.


CREATING COSTUMES...

THE WE TELL STORIES WAY

By Artistic Director Diana Tanaka 

WTS Artists Pogo Saito and Deena Rubinson in a Greek myth
Daedalus and Icarus at the Culver City Library.
 
While We Tell Stories is very proud of being “green” by recycling old items to create our props and costumes, the driving force of our production style is creativity and imagination.  In the photos above, you see a bathrobe become King Arthur’s royal robe, garbage can lids transformed into knights’ armor, a plastic bucket cut into the shape of a golden crown, a table skirt becomes a lion's mane, and a metal bucket and a colander used as knights’ helmets.  It’s fun and clever, but really the costumes are meant to inspire you to look at everyday items in new ways. Encouraging your children to think “outside the box” will nurture their creativity and teach them to be innovative problem solvers. 

 
FALL FUN!
WE TELL SCARY STORIES
AND HAUNTED HARVEST FESTIVAL

One of the acts, Gumplestiltskin, from the Haunted Harvest Festival '08
 
 
We Tell Stories will perform We Tell Scary Stories at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library on October 31, 2009, blending laughter and literacy together for a fun-filled, spooky afternoon for parents and children, alike. The show is funded by the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. 
 
Culver City Julian Dixon Library
4975 Overland Blvd
Culver City, CA  90230
310-559-1676

The 2009 Haunted Harvest Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27. A joint project of We Tell Stories and the North Figueroa Association, the festival is funded, in part, by the Department of Cultural Affairs. We Tell Stories is currently seeking festival sponsors at $25, $50, $100, $200, or $500 for this well-attended event.  Sponsors will be provided with an opportunity for an event display table and publicity in all printed and electronic marketing materials.
 
Call us at 323-256-2336, and we will email or fax a Sponsor Form to you!
 

NORRIS FOUNDATION, BOEING, AND CITY NATIONAL CONTINUE SUPPORT
   
 
We Tell Stories is grateful for support this year from long-time funders Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Employees Community Fund of Boeing California, and City National Bank.  The earned income of We Tell Stories has decreased 53% in 08-09 due to a mid-year budget freeze of Los Angeles Unified School District, resulting in a 34% decrease in the overall WTS budget.
 
As funding for the arts diminishes, we are continuing conversations with schools to partner with them in some fashion. We Tell Stories has been able to maintain stability by using our reserve, cutting costs, and thanks to our donors - increasing our contributed income!  We Tell Stories has a great future with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the county, and the city, but we are also required to match this funding.  Your help is needed now, more than ever.  So, please...
  • Tell someone about WE TELL STORIES!
  • Book a WE TELL STORIES show!
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to WE TELL STORIES!


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 Pogo Saito and Ova Saopeng help imaginations soar in
Jumping Mouse, an American Indian legend! 
 
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!
 

 
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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 $10 dollars a month, a recurring gift provides WE TELL STORIES with a steady income to educate and entertain thousands and to nurture our future generations of artists and theatre-goers.  Artistic Director Diana Tanaka reminds us, "Art creates a healthy, well-rounded person and a person with skills for the 21st century...art encourages creative, innovative thinkers."
 
A recurring gifts 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 
 

 
Thank you...
Your Support is ALWAYS appreciated! 
 
 
We Tell Stories is a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Organization (Tax ID# 95-3803911).
All contributions are 100% tax deductible.
 
Educating and Entertaining Children Since 1981
fostering a love of literature, art, and theatre