On Nov. 8th a fire started in Pulga, CA that would become the most devastating California fire to date. "The speed of the fire prevented most residents of Concow and many residents of Paradise from evacuating before the fire arrived. The fire spread so rapidly that firefighters stopped attempting to control the flames, and instead sought to help people get out alive"To date [Nov.25,2018]there have been 85 confirmed civilian fatalities. Evacuation orders remain for approximately 34,634 people. Damage inspection has been completed and has identified 727 damaged structures and 18,804 structures that were destroyed. Major road closures continue in the area. CALFIRE Team 4 is in Unified Command with the Butte County Sheriff’s and the Town of Paradise Police Department. - information from https://yubanet.com/
These funds will go directly to artists and crafters who are unhomed due to the Camp Fire. MA Series Arts is working with North Valley Community Foundation resources, social workers, and community members.
Aditionally, these funds will go to an on-going effort to outreach to Butte County youth who are missing and do not enroll in school on Dec. 3rd.
Our Director Amy Melissa Reed teaches art and Deep Listening® in Sacramento City and River-Delta Union School Districts. Amy curates local and international artists in community and public school settings and has mentored parenting unhomed youth for many years. They write curriculum for Dream Practices in Public Schools. They co-created the ArtBeast Festival of Little Houses in Coloma, CA a fundraiser for Waking the Village/Tubman House.
Our Director Jennifer Andrea "YAYA" Porras is a producer, mother of JAH'Sol, artist, and cultura-cura ninja. Their early Californian community teaching took root at the Washington Neighborhood Center via José Montoya’s Barrio Art program in Sacramento and later as an Artist in resident. Alongside mentor, Dr. Senon Valadez, cultural anthropologist at CSUS, they taught song and dance at Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University in Yolo County to ex-Campesinas women in the child-care Development program who would graduate to run Child Care centers in Migrant Camps/ Housing . They worked with the American Indian Film Institute Youth Film Maker Tour and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. In addition, they worked along Patricia Peña, founder of On Native Ground and Sun Dance Youth Media Brigade. Andrea co-founded World Arts Space funded by the Sacramento Arts Commission in Oak Park, California. Together with our wonderful board and volunteers we are committed to supporting our neighbors to the North!
Please consider donationg to MA Series Arts as we serve unhomed youth and displaced artists and work towards a future of full recovery in Butte County!
Many thanks for your support!
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