Music and Dance In the Barrio
Money to pay for the 2014-15 presenting season of local artists at the Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts in East Los Angeles.
The Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts was originally a furniture factory that we have reclaimed and converted into a community arts space. It is nestled in the City Terrace neighborhood of East Los Angeles. Originally, we thought this would be an awesome dance studio and it has been. But we quickly understood that the space had the potential to be much more than that. And so over the past 2 years it has offered after school classes in music and dance to 100+ students each week. It has become a community meeting space where we have hosted over 12 groups this year alone. But our greatest accomplishment is that we have brought live family Arts programming to this neighborhood. In 2013-14 we hosted the musical groups Mono Blanco, Cambalache, Viento Callejero, CuiCani, Bombachante Maya Jupiter, Aloe Black, Ana Tijoux and Martha Gonzales’ transnational project, Entre Mujeres. In dance Floricanto presented its annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, the original production, Alma Llanera-Spirit of the Plains and the ground breaking dance series ‘Folklorico With A Point of View’. Over 13 productions. All total we brought in an audience of about 3000 people into our 200 seat theater space and outdoor Courtyard during a 13 week season spread out throughout 2013-14 . We did this with very little money, a lot of planning and a great deal of help from our friends.
This effort confirmed what we strongly suspected. Both audiences and artists in our community need live performance in both music and dance. Our artists need a place to perform. And our audiences need the enrichment of family performances. So we have developed a plan to continue to bring live performance to our audiences and support to our local artists. We need to keep ticket prices accessible. We need to pay our artists. We need to publicize properly the events we create so that our community attends them and we need to hire the staff to run these events. The cost of doing this is approximately $1500 per performance. $19,500 for a 13 week season in 2014-15.
Your generous contributions would allow us to continue bringing an affordable family oriented performance season to this community. A season which offers the artists a space with great sound, good dance floors and good lighting, a sit down audience and payment for their work.
We ask you to give at whaever level you can. And in doing so also become a part of The Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts.
Risks and challenges
All rewards have been secured or cleared. So we don't anticipate any glitches there. Artists' line up for the 14-15 season is fluid so that if one should not be available for a performance there can be a substitute. We have been producing and presenting live performances for over 30 years. If there are any problems in this area we will be able to come up with a viable solution. We do think we will be able to solve whatever problems come up. Our Presenting Season has been planned. And will take place. It may be less ambitious, depending on funding, but it will happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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