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  • The first six months

    How time flies! It’s been six months already since we opened the doors to our A Million Drops Learning Center, and during that time, it quickly learned to walk and is now slowly beginning to outgrow its baby shoes.

    Each day, we are at full capacity and all in all, we serve up to 25 people daily, Mondays through Fridays from 2 – 6 pm.

    Our weekly programs include classes in Edible Gardening, Acting and Poetry, as well as a Self-Empowerment Workshop. We also have a Podcast and a Film Club, both run by clients of the Learning Center.

    The amazing teachers who volunteer time, sharing skills and knowledge are Charles Malki of IV Organics (Edible Gardening); Greg Johnson of the L.O.V.E. Foundation (Self-Empowerment); Robert ‘The Bench’ Galinsky (Acting); Marquesha ‘Kiki’ Babers (Poetry & Spoken Word). Our guest Antonio Rivera runs the Film Club and Scott Clapson, also a guest, is in charge of the Podcast.

    Charles (right) and his student Josh serving food grown in our own, edible garden

    Robert Galinsky (front row, 2nd from left) and students of his weekly Acting Class

    Greg Johnson from the L.O.V.E Foundation (4th from left) and participants of his monthly Self-Empowerment workshop

     

     

     

     

     

    Marquesha ‘Kiki’ Babers is teaching a weekly Poetry Class

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Anton, introducing a movie for his weekly Film Club.

    Scott with guests of his Podcast, ‘Real Good Stuff’

     

     

     

     

     

    On December 8, we celebrated A Million Drops’ 5th Anniversary (as well as six months of the Learning Center). With the help of decorations generously donated by film prop house Green Set, the auditorium adjacent to our Learning Center (that is included in our lease for events and classes) was turned into a magical forest.

    DJ Aaron Paar provided the perfect musical background, and everyone who came to celebrate with us had a great time.

    Many visitors who stopped by to drop off a sleeping bag  stayed to browse our bazaar and went home with gift items, from art, greeting cards and painted river rocks to cute little succulents pots home baked cookies – all created by guests of the Learning Center.

    We have big plans for 2019! Our main goals are to start the A Million Drops Choir and to produce a play with the cast and crew consisting of members of our homeless community. Our clients are excited and motivated, and looking forward to the great things that are going to happen in the new year!

    We wish you all a very happy, healthy, peaceful, exciting , positive and successful year 2019, and we hope that we will be able to count on your continuous support.

  • The A Million Drops Learning Center

    June 9th was a BIG day for A Million Drops. We held our 6th Annual UTW Day. We had another successful Unsheltered Art Show. And both of these events happened at the Grand Opening of our very own A Million Drops Learning Center. What a day it was indeed.

    The Learning Center
  

    We’re very excited to share the news about our new Learning Center. It had been a goal for a very long time to have a place where homeless and at-risk young adults could come in off the street to read, learn and get the help they need to improve their life situation.

    Our opening day was a tremendous success. We had a huge turnout of friends, people from the community as well as our board members and many of our peers in the non-profit and fundraising community that work to help improve the lives of homeless and at-risk youth and young adults.

    The Learning Center offers opportunities to study as well as teach, and gives those in the community a brick-and-mortar location where they can come donate their time, needed items or money to help improve the lives of others.

    Unsheltered

    Coupled with the opening of the Center was Unsheltered VII, our recurring art exhibit presenting works by homeless, young adults. In the past we featured drawings and paintings. This time around we decided to make it a “photographs only” show.

    In realizing that not everyone is comfortable with paint, we thought everyone can take a photograph. This allowed for many more of our local homeless and at-risk young adults to take part.

    We raised money and spirits. The art exhibit resulted in many pieces being sold, with a majority of the proceeds going directly to the artists. They were thrilled, of course.

    Opening Day was also the day when we started to create our edible garden in the back of the lot. Thanks to the California sun and frequent watering (taken care of by Craig, one of our young clients) the little vegetable plants and herbs have already grown in nicely.

    Self Defense Class

    Directly behind our new Learning Center we have access to a banquet hall. That is were we held our very first community Self Defense Class. Supported by the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC) this event was open to all members of the local community, and it was a rousing success.

    It was especially fulfilling to see some of our more shy and introverted friends step outside of their comfort zone to take part in learning how to defend themselves. The class was taught by Jean Morrison, a veteran self-defense teacher and life coach. The event was so well received we have already scheduled our next class for July 14th.

    Future Classes and Events

    In addition to the Self Defense Class, we have a number of events and classes scheduled: Local artist Sophie Pleshette started to teach a weekly Art Class with the goal to create pieces that our young people will paint on utility boxes along Hollywood Blvd. This project is supported by the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC).

    We will also be holding a Career Planning Class where anyone can learn tips from writing a resumé to interview techniques.

    Every month – in partnership with Wash on Western Laundry – we sponsor a Free Laundry Night where homeless people can do some of their laundry for free.

    All of these and other events can be found on the Calendar Page of our website.

  • Unsheltered VI A Big Success

    Our sixth art show, Unsheltered VI, featuring works by homeless, at-risk youth and young adults, was a big success. Taking place at prestigious hair salon Ramos Carreon – owned by Emmy winning stylist Robert Ramon and Philip Carreon – , the event attracted a steady flow of visitors and we had a full house all night.

    The show included 34 pieces as colorful and diverse as the ten young artists who created them: Altitude Abstrakt, Andrew Washington, Darrel DJ Morgan, Jess Barlass, Kris Williams, Leahcim Robinson, Marquze Killion, Morgan Movesaround, Neil Massey, Wolfgang Meesenburg.

    Artists Leah, Andrew, Altitude Abstrakt and Neil (left to right)

    Artists Andrew (left) and Marquze (right)

    AMD founder Maike with set decorator Jean Simone who bought this piece by Marquze Killion

    Richard Gibson (center), owner of Ted Gibson Frames, helped with framing some of the art

    Two of our guests studying the show catalog

    Salon Owner Philip Carreon (left) and salon manager Rowena Ajero

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were happy to see people connecting with old friends and making new ones.

    The hors d’oeuvres, a  donation by Robert Ramos’ husband, Alejandro Zavala 

    Our wonderful bartender Manuela made sure that the glasses were always full

    DJ Cherish The Luv had come all the way from New York to support us, and her feel good music put a smile on people’s faces.It felt more like being at a party with friends than at a formal art show reception.

    DJ Cherish The Luv enjoying the view

    DJ Cherish The Luv’s view from the balcony

     

    A Million Drops board members Ross Dodds, Preston Johnson, Denise Grisco, Maike Both and Don W. Neil

    And most importantly: People loved the art! At the end of the day, 26 of pieces had been sold (UPDATE: the additional 8 pieces have sold since), and proceeds went 100% to the artists and towards art supplies.Thank you to everyone who supported us, first of all to Robert Ramos and Phillip Carreon who opened the door of their salon for us; to DJ Cherish The Luv for giving her time, love and talent making people feel happy and at home; to Johnny Cornwell for letting us use his sound system for free; and last but not least to the young, dedicated people who in spite of difficult circumstances, created beautiful art. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and we are looking forward to Unsheltered VII.

     

  • Unsheltered VI

    Art by Homeless, At-Risk Youth and Young Adults

    by Jess Barlass

    The sixth Unsheltered art show is going to take place on September 30th in Hollywood. We sat down with A Million Drops founder Maike Both to learn more about the idea behind it.

    AMD: “We created Unsheltered in 2015 to provide a platform for talented young artists who happen to be homeless. The exhibition received such positive feedback from both, the artists as well as the audience, that we decided to make it a regular part of AMD’s programs. Since then, we have organized five shows: at a gallery, a restaurant, open air events and even a laundromat. In July, we began to look for the next location, a place with an ambiance that was unexpected and different from the ordinary and ideally have its own audience.” And then, a wonderful discovery. At an event, Maike met Robert Ramos, Emmy nominated hair stylist, and c0-owner of prestigious celebrity hair salon Ramos Carreon. Maike approached him and his business partner, Philip Carreon, with the idea of hosting an art show at their salon. Both were immediately excited, and the vision came together quickly.

    One of the young artists whose work will be part of the upcoming show is Neil Massey, who has participated in Unsheltered since its conception in 2015. Earlier this year, AMD was able to sell several of his raw, powerful pieces to a Hollywood prop house, and they are now featured on the set of the 2017 movie, Home Again, as well as in seven nation-wide commercials. “We are thrilled to be able to help these talented young people get the exposure they deserve,” says Maike Both.

    The upcoming show includes works by ten artists, many of whom have been on board since 2015. “We’re like a little family, we stay in touch and try to give support in any way we can. ”

    If you enjoy behind-the-scenes info for AMD’s events and programs, please stay tuned to the website.

  • ‘Unsheltered’ A Full Success

    Frankie felt immediately drawn to this piece by Kris Williams.

    Our opening reception for ‘Unsheltered’ – Art by Homeless, At-Risk Youth & Young Adults of Los Angeles on Saturday, February 4 was a full success!

    A seemingly endless stream people came in to check out the 44 pieces that were up on the walls of Wash On Western (WOW), a brand new, very hip laundromat in the heart of Hollywood. Friends, family, co-workers, strangers, some who had followed our invite, others who just happened to walk by.

    We had a full house, people loved the art and everybody enjoyed free tacos and lemonade, generously donated by WOW. And if that wasn’t enough, chiropractor Dr. Robert Zeravica set up a treatment table and offered free adjustments!

    At the end of the day, 15 works by young homeless people had been sold and will be displayed in someone’s home soon. For now though, they are still up on the walls at WOW, so don’t worry if you couldn’t make it last Saturday. The show will continue throughout the month, and WOW is open 24/7. There are still 30 unsold pieces, beautiful, exciting works waiting for someone to fall in love with them. Prices start as low as $15.

    Laura fell in love with  Neil Massey’s ‘Life Is Strange’.

    Claudia chose an original by Morgan Movesaround for her home.

    Ren picked ‘Blue Smoke’ by Neil Massey for her collection.

    Artist Andrew Washington was thrilled to sell this piece to Gus.

     

  • ‘Unsheltered’ – Art by Homeless, At-Risk Youth & Young Adults

    1 wall, 12 artists, 44 pieces. Framed, cataloged and ready for the grand opening  of ‘Unsheltered’ – Art by Homeless, At-Risk Youth & Young Adults of Los Angeles.

    We couldn’t be more excited. For the fifth time in two years, we are proudly presenting “Unsheltered’, a vibrant diverse collection of art, allowing a glimpse into the lives of  young artists, their struggles, hopes and dreams.

    Please join us on Saturday, February 4 between Noon-4 pm for the opening reception at Wash On Western. You will get a chance to meet some of the young artists, and maybe make one of their pieces yours. 100% of the proceeds go to the artist.

    Opening reception Saturday, February 4 Noon-4 pm at Wash On Western, 1548 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

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    Prepping the art wall at Wash On Western

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    Every piece was carefully framed and cataloged

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    Clarence working on the exhibit descriptions

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    Art, art, art… as far as the eye can see

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    Artist Dondrell Lee dropping off his pieces