History Detectives 2.0

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History Detectives 2.0

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Organization(s) name(s):

Robey Theatre Company

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Theatre Company

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Robey shares stories, written and conceived with a POV that filters through a Black lens.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


History Detectives 2.0 offers K-12 LA students a chance to discover history, art, architecture themselves. Our retro-fitted school bus/truck will simulate a working radio lab with both audio & video capabilities. Students will decide where to go and why. Teachers/adults/artists-in-residence will provide "prompts" that will then become projects.

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 Valley

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

Other (please specify below):

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

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

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


The "History Detectives" brigades will multiply as the idea of taking students outside of the traditional classroom explodes. The desire to experience learning; the esteem-building experience of creating and sharing what has been created can be addictive and form habits that result in self-actualization, even in children.

Our goal: to create a desire to express the need to learn.

We want each team to grow as a result of their journeys throughout LA as they discover events, people, ways of thinking that may never have made inclusion in any of their required texts/readings.

Our pilot program will introduce Lesson Plans that are intended to allow students a chance to explore political heros, of all ethnic backgrounds that contribute to the city LA has become today. An array of options will be offered, each Team on the 10-week journeys will select the adventure they will go on.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We will carefully carve out agreed upon Objectives. They may vary with individual Teams and varying Projects but will certainly include variations of:

#'s of students participating for each Project period
#'s of Projects selected
#'s of Projects completed
#'s of LA sites visited & made a part of a developing partnership
#'s of future sponsors attracted
Amt of new funding acquired
#'s of participating artists-in-residence

For each Objective, we will chart how our actual #'s line up with the projected numbers at the start of each Project.

The closer we come to our projections at the end of each Project, the closer we will be able to say we made our numbers.

There will be a variety of intangible measures that we can tract through word-of-mouth with the Participants, through survey's, through observation, and through video/radio spots they create themselves--Like PSA's for those who will come later.

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

Other (please specify below):

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Danny Glover and Ben Guillory, co-founders of The Robey Theatre Company, have, via Robey's excellent artistic presentations, awakened the desire to ACTIVELY better our community, They deserve funds to foster the critical goals of inspiring students to broaden their perspectives and then work hard to build a better way of being.

by BobbieB
6 months ago

Excellent concept that, if fully implemented, will motivate Los Angeles students to better understand their history through the arts and thereby motivate them to commit to their studies.

by randy44ross
6 months ago

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