Empowering Young L.A. Adults Through the Visual & Performing Arts

submission by MonicaM.

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

PIECES Teens Arts

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


For the past three years, PIECES has been empowering young L.A. artists to pursue their dreams by providing valuable creative tools including mentorship, community support, educational and professional opportunities.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Throughout the following year PIECES will be expanding its programming to better serve its growing number of young artists seeking a place to grow artistically and to create. To effectively do so, we will offer more professional learning opportunities, conduct outreach to secure more volunteers, mentors and staff, as well as organize events for the community that showcase the work of our members. Our purpose for doing this is to ensure that more and more of our young artists find success.

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@BeaPiece continues to Empower Young L.A. Artists to Pursue Their Dreams in creative fields.

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


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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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

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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.


By expanding, PIECES will be filling the void there is of available places for young people to create. For young artists 18-25 years of age, who outgrow after-school programs, graduate or that drop out of school, a place like PIECES plays a vital role in whether or not they aspire to do greater things or settle for less in life.

Our experience with this overlooked age group has been that since they are no longer considered children and therefore lose various types of support, they can truly lose track of their dreams while trying to figure out how to live in their new roles as adults.

Through the community at PIECES, we all learn that we have the power to succeed in what we work hard for, if we continuously are open to learning, and that we have a stronger voice when we unite our creative minds.

PIECES creates opportunities, a support system, a community – what many of our current members call their second home. We would like to bring what we have to all of the young artists living in the West Los Angeles area and to those who travel from across L.A. County to participate in our programs. We will be providing enriching and fulfilling opportunities with a mission of sparking creativity, success, innovation and union.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


PIECES keeps track of membership and volunteer numbers by requiring all members and volunteers to complete a free application. We also keep track of attendance through sign-in sheets for every event, class, meeting and workshop.

We are able to track whether or not we have been able to reach and retain a larger number of young artists and volunteers through the count in application numbers and attendance names.

Most importantly, we focus each day on providing valuable experiences for the young people that we serve. Records of learning, paid and unpaid professional opportunities are kept to ensure that we are keeping true to our mission.

To better understand the experiences, needs and opinions of our volunteers, guests and members, we will be introducing an anonymous suggestion box and surveys.

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.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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Pieces is a haven for young artist like myself to gain confidence in the art world.
This organization is a great supporter of talent. It's like a 2nd home.

by Xochi
6 months ago

Pieces deserves all the support and help out there! A great place indeed built from the floor up. The founders, volunteers and members have all dedicated their precious time in the benefit of others!

by ShaneB
6 months ago

I've said it once and I'll say it again and again, PIECES is my second home. Everyone involved with this organization (staff, volunteers, members) loves what they do and it shows. I love walking into PIECES knowing I'm surrounded by such affable people who support one another. To win this money would mean more of everything; and more supplies and equipment = wider opportunities for creativity, and to us young artists, that is like a breath of fresh air.

by erika11183
6 months ago

PIECES has helped me further develop myself, and my peers, as artists and professionals. They've connected myself and many others to numerous opportunities otherwise unavailable to us. PIECES has been able to this with a very limited budget and space, winning this grant will exponentially bolster this great program.

by Doismas
6 months ago

pieces is a great place lalo is one of the most understanding people i know i have been mentored and guided to follow and take the step needed to persue my career thanks to lalo and his good nature to help others . All i can say is u have to be there in person

by Sall
6 months ago

Great organization, the staff care about our past, present, & future entirely and help you grow as artists & opens opportunities for pieces members.

by Melissa.Whyte
6 months ago

Love PIECES, Lalo has worked with alot of youth and successfully found creative outlets for many people... This organization truly cares for the future of our youth and young adults.

by yhercat
6 months ago

PIECES has been a true gem and a place of great value to many young people transitioning from childhood into adulthood...all through the arts. Read the testimonials here:


by MonicaM.
6 months ago


by Doismas
6 months ago

Lalo is beautifully taking a stand for young artist with a hidden potential.

by LiamKing
6 months ago

He has put his heart into this organization, and just needs our help for him to complete his mission. His dream is to empower young adults to be completely self expressed! Let's help him out guys!

by LiamKing
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Voting Began
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
at 08:00 PM UTC

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015