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What's Going On...Now

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:56PM

Forty years ago Marvin Gaye's breakout album, What's Going On, was released to great acclaim. His music spoke to the issues of the day: the war in Vietnam, racism, and environmental concerns, among others.

In celebration of this iconic work, this month the Kennedy Center has launched a national project for young artists and media makers, What's Going On...Now. Venice Arts was selected as its Southern California youth partner to incubate projects and curriculum prior to the launch.

Check out out the first two "tracks" created by our Youth Media Crew for a visual album responding to Gaye's music. Their work will be featured on the Kennedy Center's project website and two of our young artists will travel to D.C. in May to present their work and attend a concert featuring John Legend, Sharon Jones, and the Dap-Kings.

Join in the National Celebration! Check out our What's Going On...Now Curricular Guide in our Online Library. The Library was designed for educators to access our curricular materials, including hundreds of lesson plans, activities, and teaching resources, as well as to share their own materials and interact with others in the field. Join Today. Membership is free. Use your new-found inspiration to create new work, share it with us, and post it to the What’s Going On…Now project website.

Make note of What's Going On in April in L.A. Collaborating with the Grammy Museum and the University of Southern California, we'll be co-hosting the Southern California launch of the project with free, public programs including an "Open Screen" event, special workshops for adults and kids, an afternoon of music by a Marvin Gaye Tribute Band, and an exhibition and presentation by photographer Doug McCulloh and writer Susan Straight, called More Dreamers of the Golden Dream, exploring What's Going On in Southern California now.

Contact us to receive more info about screening your work during our youth & adult "Open Screen" event at our Gallery in Venice.

Above, left: Jim Hubbard, Anti-War Protester, Washington, D.C., 1990
Above, right: Kristian Punturere, age 17. Waiting for the Change, Los Angeles, CA, 2011



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