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create / 2016


Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by PIECES

Grow PIECES – a program that successfully empowers young adults to create a brighter future for themselves through the many benefits that the arts provide.

Please describe your project proposal.

PIECES seeks to grow its existing educational programs, which focus on the visual and performing arts, and mentorship. All funds granted to the organization will be allocated toward securing a stable location to operate from, hiring staff and acquiring the required tools and equipment needed in order to expand programming. In turn, PIECES will serve more young creatives in the Los Angeles area, offering a secure, inspirational, and motivational creative home. Growing more opportunities.

Which of the create metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Arts establishments

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Westside
  • City of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to create?

PIECES has been empowering young people through the arts since 2012. It is a successful program that allows for young adults, ages 18 - 25 to explore their potential, reach for higher goals in a safe, and highly creative environment. As an establishment in the West Los Angeles area, it has members from areas such as Hollywood and the Valley.

Our organization prides itself on helping young creatives reach small and larger career goals, and personal goals. With the guidance and assistance of PIECES, visual artists have actively sold artwork and painted their first murals. Singers and songwriters have recorded full albums and shared their music live on stages around LA County. Some have moved on to pursue owning their own creative businesses, re-enrolling in school, and enrolling in college courses for the first time.

With more funding, PIECES can make more of this happen. Ensuring that more young people stay hungry and encouraged to reach for their goals.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

We measure our success by the number of individuals that we are able to serve – attendance/participation numbers. It is also measured by the number of members engaged in entrepreneurial, educational or mid-career professional activities.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Staff
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers etc.)
  • Community outreach