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Theme: Creativity:Food, Invention, and the Arts

This event occurred on
November 20, 2011
10:00am - 4:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Los Angeles, CA, CA
United States

The theme for the day is Creativity through Food, Invention and the Arts. Youth and their mentors from around the city will gather for a day of dialogue, shared practices and exploration. Youth leadership will lead the conversation and share their creative processes through performance, organic food gardening, new science and poetry/music workshops.

Inner-City Arts
720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA, CA, 90021
United States
Event type:
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Homin Kwark

CEO/Founder Imagiscience Homin Kwark is a 16-year-old Junior at Northwood High School in Irvine, California. He is the founder and CEO of Imagiscience, a non-profit science educational organization that aims to inspire interest in science – not by imparting a body of knowledge, but rather by exposing the students to the world of science through events, challenges, programs, and competitions. Before establishing Imagiscience, Homin worked as an independent consultant for HealthTap, an interactive health start-up company that is recognized by Forbes, TIME, and O’Reilly. Homin is the Financial Manager and founding member of Forte Initiative, an educational organization that is partnered with Envision Schools to promote equal opportunities in education. He is the President of Northwood High School’s Future Business Leaders of America and the Team Captain of Discovery Science Center. International philanthropic work has been one of his passions. During his medical internship in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Homin launched a medical outreach program at “Gerel” State Orphanage Center and Street Children’s Detention Center. He also served as the Artistic Director of Filial Piety Senior Care Center. In addition, he was invited to perform Korean traditional performance Samulnori at Bower’s Museum and Hollywood Bowl.

Tony Jones, A Place Called Home

Tony Jones, 18, grew up in Los Angeles, CA in the South Central area. Walking into the doors of A Place Called Home at the age of 12 is where Tony found dance. At first, he didn’t have much interest in dancing but as time went on Tony began to find his place at the center and discovered that he enjoyed taking dance classes. He then joined Monica Guy’s Dance Academy, at A Place Called Home, and began to take his training serious. By the time he turned 16 Tony began to perform at APCH events like the Annual Gala for the Children, held at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the Annual Girl Power Luncheon, Herbal Life Conventions and many other community events. Through The Tiger Woods Foundation, Tony was awarded a grant that afforded him opportunities to travel and train formally with other dance companies including the famous Lula Washington Dance Theatre. During a summer intensive dance program at Lula’s Tony heard his calling to become a professional dancer and dedicated his focus to dance. Currently, Tony is the lead dancer for the A Place Called Home Senior Dance Company, is continuing his training to become a professional dancer, and is exploring his college options.

Heart/Soul Youth Collective

Heart And Soul (H.A.S) is a collective of young well-rounded artists using art to empower personal and social transformation. We come from diverse walks of life stemming from all regions of Los Angeles, representing different cultures, backgrounds, and art forms. Our home base is the oasis art learning center in the Skid Row district of downto...wn Los Angeles, Inner-City Arts. Through creating, sharing, and reflecting together with local and international guest artists we have committed to developing our art to give “voice” to social issues affecting our communities, in the pursuit to becoming lifelong change agents for our selves and for society. Help us re-engage society in the value and power of art.

Jessica Cornejo

Los Angeles native Jessica Cornejo performs various genres of dance such as hip-hop, salsa, cha-cha-cha, Cuabn rueda, Afro-cuban, house, contemporary, swing, samba, bachata, and popping. She has studied, worked and trained under the instruction and direction of choreographers Marissa Herrera, Laurie Muniz, Kimmie Morrow, Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez, Peter Araiza and Leigh "BreezeLee" Foaad . She has worked with and studied under playwright and theatre director, David Rojas. She has been a principal dancer, actor and member of voice ensembles in many live productions. Jessica has studied under the vocal instruction of Dansby Sturdivant and Stacey “Dove” Daniels. Currently, Jessica is attending California State University Fullerton, teaching dance in different locations across Los Angeles County, and is actively working on projects such as “Good Life with Gabby” (dancer and “Gabby” understudy) and the Heart And Soul Arts Collective (artist). Jessica trains with VersaStyle Dance Compnay, and is a dancer in the Inner-City Arts Repertory Dance Company and the LA Influence Dance Company.

Alisha Ruiz Homegirl Cafe

Alisha Ruiz is the Lead Line Cook at Homegirl Cafe & Catering. Homegirl Café & Catering is a division of Homeboy Industries, which assists at-risk and formerly gang involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society. Since starting at Homegirl Cafe in February of 2008, Alisha has stayed clean, out of jail, got of probation, got her driver's license, her own apartment and car and received full custody of her child. Alisha earned a scholarship to go to Culinary School at Glendale Community College. Alisha is dedicated to speaking with other at risk-youth and speaks to high schools, junior highs, and summer camps.

Organizing team


Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Bob Bates
    Artistic Director, Inner-City Arts
  • Beth Tishler
    Director of Education and Community Programs, Inner-City Arts
  • Mario Davila
  • Richard D. Garcia
    Homegirl Cafe
  • Marissa Herrera
    Heart and Soul Youth Collective
  • Homin Kwark
  • Maribel Barcena