Spike Dolomite is an artist, cartoonist, writer, arts education activist, and health care reform advocate. She is a regularly featured cartoonist on NoHoArtsDistrict.com, and has a published book of cartoons, - "ART by Spike Dolomite" which can be purchased at a number of arts centers in the Valley or online. She founded and runs a nonprofit organization thirteen years ago, Arts in Education Aid Council, to restore the arts to public schools of the San Fernando Valley. She became politically active after her first child was born eighteen years ago, and has become even more active after finding herself with Stage 3 breast cancer while temporarily uninsured in November 2011. Saved by the Affordable Care Act (â€œObamacareâ€), Spike has become a proponent of health care reform out of gratitude. â€œLeft Turn in NoHoâ€ is her new liberal political blog. As the Republicans get crazier and more medieval, Spike gets more outspoken and more liberal. To see some of her paintings and cartoons, visit her website, www.spikedolomite.com. For more information on her arts education nonprofit, visit www.aieac.org. To read her health care blog, â€œHealth Hazardsâ€, visit www.highdeductibles.blogspot.com. Get one new ART cartoon a day by liking ART by Spike Dolomite on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter @SpikeArt.
Whether regaled as “America’s Suburb” or ridiculed as the capital of mini-malls and Valley Girls, the San Fernando Valley is one of Los Angeles’s most misunderstood and stereotyped areas.
The Valley Cultural Center is the San Fernando Valley’s number one producer of free outdoor concerts, cultural events, and summer family entertainment. Its mission is to entertain, enrich and educate current and future generations.
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For the fourth summer in a row 11:11 A Creative Collective has been producing an artwalk/block party at Sherman Way and Owensmouth on the third Thursday of the month. Third Thursdays features over 150 independent SFV artists, musicians, muralists, crafters, artisans and merchants. I have been an exhibiting artist every year and last summer I produced an open mic, art show, and a theatrical production of “8” at the Emerson UU Church at the tip of the art walk. I will be producing open mic nights this summer as well. I love seeing the people in the streets, the street art and music, and the food trucks. It gets bigger every year, featuring edgier art and music, which I believe is very, very good for the Valley.
James Monroe High School’s Drama College has been invited to perform as part of the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe Festival, in Edinburgh, Scotland, next summer. Monroe High School is the only LAUSD school to be invited, an honor bestowed upon only 20 high schools nationwide each year. This honor reflects both the outstanding efforts of the students and the standout leadership of theatre teacher and director, Jason Hayes.
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