April 6, 2006 |
THE United States puts more of its citizens behind bars than any other nation, according to the International Center for Prison Studies in London. The federal government's latest count pegs the American prison population at more than 2 million, a sixfold increase since 1970. For advocates of prison reform, these statistics underscore the need for drastic change. But for others, they are proof of how well the system is working.
May 22, 1994
The Watts Towers and the William Grant Still Arts Center are offering free comic book art classes for youths. The classes will focus on drawing, design, storytelling and marketing those skills for 7- to 15-year-olds. Watts Towers Art Center information: (213) 847-4646; William Grant Still Art Center information: (213) 734-1164.
February 22, 1997
A free jazz concert featuring the CalArts Latin Jazz Ensemble will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Watts Towers Art Center, 1727 E. 107th St., Los Angeles. David Roitstein of the CalArts jazz program will direct the group, which will perform Latin music as well as traditional salsa and Afro-Cuban pieces. Information: (213) 485-1795.
July 15, 1993
Noah Purifoy, an 83-year-old artist who in 1964 founded and directed the Watts Towers Art Center and served on the California Arts Council from 1976-1987, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The New York-based foundation was established by the late Lee Krasner, a painter and wife of Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock, to benefit artists who need financial assistance to continue their work.
January 3, 1989
In an effort to introduce children to authors, historical events and people who represent the black experience in America, the Los Angeles Public Library has produced a new series of book lists titled "Young and Black: The Black Experience in Children's Books."
May 26, 2005
Re your good public art coverage ["Art, No Gallery Needed," May 5]: There is great public art, internationally famed, just four blocks south of the Watts Station stop on the Blue Line -- Simon Rodia's enormous mosaic sculptures. The nearby Watts Towers Community Art Center provides multicultural, curator-trained tour guides from the community who interpret the artist and his work for the public. The tour schedule is available by calling (213) 847-4646. Jeanne Smith Morgan Santa Barbara Jeanne Smith Morgan is chairwoman of the Committee for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts.
December 24, 1994
Joseph H. Howard, 82, dental surgeon and ethnomusicologist who collected more than 600 items involving drums. A native of Chicago who was educated at the University of Illinois, Howard developed his fascination with drums during the three years he spent as a youngster in British Guiana, which is now Guyana. He spent decades learning about rhythms and the instruments that made them from around the world.
March 28, 1993 |
Painter and performer Barbara Romain believes people have a common cultural ground that frequently goes unexplored: mythology. "A lot of symbols and mythological figures in one culture correspond to some in another," said Romain. "Marking on walls, expressing things symbolically, is a universal impulse. It goes back to cave paintings." To bring together people of various backgrounds, Romain is staging a daylong mural-painting party Saturday called "Whose Myth Are Youse With?"
September 19, 2000 |
The dreamy side of documentary photography takes shape in "Ming Smith: In the Spirit of Jazz," a touching selection of more than 40 photographs the L.A.-based artist has made over the past 25 years. At Watts Towers Art Center, this openly romantic exhibition defines "the spirit of jazz" loosely, presenting everyday street scenes and travel snapshots alongside pictures of musicians posing casually, relaxing backstage and playing with unself-conscious abandon.
April 25, 1993 |
The small plot of land that abuts the parking lot at the Watts Towers Art Center looks like an ordinary garden, but for about two dozen students the Metamorphosis Organic Garden is a chance at a job. "It's pretty cool," said Alex Burgara, a student at John Hope Continuation School in Watts, during a ground-blessing ceremony at the garden last week. "I don't want to gangbang and I like gardening, and I'm learning something."