Pioneer the Dreams and Aspirations of Youth & Artists in South Los Angeles

submission by Dreamhaus

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Dreamhaus Inc.

Organization(s) website(s):

www.dreamhausla.org

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

www.twitter.com/DREAMHAUS_LA

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

www.facebook.com/DREAMHAUSLA

Organization(s) instagram handle(s):

www.instagram.com/DREAMHAUSLA

Please share the direct link for voters to sign up for your newsletter(s):

www.dreamhausla.org

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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Dreamhaus is both an educational and economic catalyst for urban youth in South Los Angeles to creatively empower themselves through art and amplify the future vision and their own community's growth.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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Every year, the dreams and aspirations of many youth living in Los Angeles wanting to express their artistic talents come to a screeching halt due to a lack of creative outlets. According to the South LA Work Source Center, 4 out of 10 under privileged youth between the ages of 16-24 years old seek work experience and interest in the creative/art profession. As Otis College of Art and Design Alumni, we recognize the void and plan to fulfill it through an established community engaged art house.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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“The World is Ours. BIG Dreams are waiting to be built. – CREATE Dreamhaus with #LA2050 Grants Challenge”

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valey

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics? (check all that apply)

Employment in the creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.

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Our “Artist Run Space” aims to respond to the lack of opportunity, by magnifying these artists’ works. Our project provides a platform for young artists to show their creations while networking with people in the creative circuit.

Another aspect of our mission is to increase involvement between artists and the community through community engagements, collaboration and mentorship with local elementary students. We propose creating a well-rounded organization that creates opportunities for new artists, discovers new talent from local youths, as well as generates successful fundraising events to provide for underprivileged families in the area during the holiday season.

The first event that launched Dreamhaus was its annual Toy Drive Benefit on December 13th, 2014, an event that served students at Saturn Elementary School by gifting toys during Christmas season. In addition, the benefit included a concert in collaboration with The OPM Company and Dom Kennedy. The event was open to the public and attendees were asked to either pay a $10 donation or donate a toy of at least that same value. We had over 400 attendees who came to support our cause and the event was deemed a success. In Toy Drive Benefits to come, the students who receive the toys will be mentored and collaborate with artists who participate in the Artist-Run Space to build out installations for viewing at the Toy Drive event. The Dreamhaus mission will come full circle by artists gaining experience in hosting successful gallery shows, exposing young students to a career in the arts and developing a deeper sense of community in the District 9 area.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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Dreamhaus will foster an educational & artistic platform by accomplishing the following goals:
(1) Showcase 20 artists; new in the professional art circuit, to help them gain experience and build their CV. These artists will have the opportunity to communicate their vision on an open forum artist discussion, showcase their artworks for a month in the Dreamhaus space, and leave with a physical catalogue that can be utilized in advancing their careers outside of Dreamhaus.
(2) We will Track the number of attendees for every event. Our current (250) person core audience will increase 15-20% each quarter, reaching an audience of 400-450 by the end of the year.
(3) 12 workshops that cultivate a core group of 10 kids into realizing the possibilities of art as a career. We will focus on their specific and unique ideas to help them establish a body of artwork for their art career.
(4) Ensure 640 kids receive at least 5 donated gifts for the Christmas season.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

Discussion
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Los Angeles is the best city to CREATE because a non-profit like Dreamhaus is one that will help lead the creativity of the city and will pursue the dreams so that they turn into actions. When I think of a Better LA, I think of a voice that can reach many, a platform that shares a stage and an art form that develops through the hands of those who make this city so great. Dreamhaus is it.

by samdanan
5 months ago

This is a great idea!

by ewash80
5 months ago

WoW!!! Absolutely amazing!!! So necessary!!! Dreamhaus is needed in every neighborhood!

by Salvage.co
5 months ago

Long history in the area, Nikk and Mike, are anchored in the development of the arts in the youth of South Los Angeles.

by roadsiderest
6 months ago

Great idea from two dedicated Los Angeles founders that believe in giving back to their community! SUPPORT!! #DREAMHAUSLAforLA2050

by lornaearth
6 months ago

From being a classmate of these guys to being apart of a dream turned reality is something special. To not only have an opportunity to be apart of DREAMHAUSLA but to be in a position to help others have opportunities as well within the community I grew up in makes a very big impression on me for the simple fact that what I thought was a dream turned into a lifestyle for me, a utopia if you will. #DREAMHAUSLAforLA2050

by JxSands
6 months ago

This organization was founded by two young men in their early twenties who saw a need in their community to inspire youth to believe in themselves and cultivate their inner dream. Their organization is giving young people a platform and a sanctuary to develop their dream. This is Dreamhaus.

by alzadie67
6 months ago

Great way to give back to the community through the arts. Inspirational vision, awesome execution of events and commitment to services are the defining principles of this Dreamhaus.

by jabari.brown
6 months ago

Nikk and Mike have found an amazing way to not only give back to the community, but to infuse the importance of art into the growing, youthful minds of Los Angeles. Having spaces and people like this in my life as a young person was imperative in my growth as a person, and a creative individual. The steps that they have taken thus far, and the events that they have undertaken, shows their commitment to this endeavor, and their ability to follow through. Having been mentored directly by Nikk in my own artistic explorations, I can directly vouch for his ability to teach, engage, and foster creative exploration and advancement. I am excited to see Dreamhaus flourish!

by mehmetic
6 months ago

This remarkable team definitely has what it takes to make a remarkable difference in the community.

Dorthea Morris

by 6514BONSALLO
6 months ago

This Non-Profit is doing wonderful things in the community. It is rare that you see two young men committed to improving the world through art in communities who do not have a voice.

by nikksmom
6 months ago

Dreamhaus is necessary for Los Angeles! I'm an artist that is heavily involved in LA's art scene and it is lacking in spaces that merge contemporary art/ artists with under privileged communities. I’m from the Bronx, NY and having access to a space similar to Dreamhaus when I was a kid really made me believe that I could grow up to be an artist. In addition to being a place that will encourage and help mentor youth to continue making art, Dreamhaus is necessary to help diversify LA's contemporary art scene. Artist-run-spaces have a unique power as they create a platform for artists that private galleries may not exhibit and are motivated by the potential to help uplift their communities. I’m really looking forward to Dreamhaus’ future and the life changing connections they can create.

by MarquitaFlowers
6 months ago

Dreamhaus is necessary for Los Angeles! I'm an artist that is heavily involved in LA's art scene and it is lacking in spaces that merge contemporary art/ artists with under privileged communities. I’m from the Bronx, NY and having access to a space similar to Dreamhaus when I was a kid really made me believe that I could grow up to be an artist. In addition to being a place that will encourage and help mentor youth to continue making art, Dreamhaus is necessary to help diversify LA's contemporary art scene. Artist-run-spaces have a unique power as they create a platform for artists that private galleries may not exhibit and are motivated by the potential to help uplift their communities. I’m really looking forward to Dreamhaus’ future and the life changing connections they can create.

by MarquitaFlowers
6 months ago

Hi friends.. Wanted to wish you luck on your submission. We are on create also. We are called Heart of Art Gallery. I hope we can collaborate someday and help each create a large impact in south LA. We use to have a space in South LA, but we had to close down due to harassment. We hope to rebuild and work with you. Keep working hard.

Thank you

Kenia

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Winner Announced
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