August 2013 
The Monthly Newsletter of ACAM
Issue No. 3

In This Issue

Zipper Scholarship Winner

Summer Sea Concert

Thank You Donors! 

Generous individuals and organizations have added to our collection of instruments, enriched our library, provided a piano to a budding pianist, supplied the students with nutritious snacks and added additional funds via a grant. Read more here.

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Watching the returning ACAM students continue to improve is a joy, and observing the new ones discover and explore their artistic abilities is exciting.  We welcomed forty new families to the summer program.     Families, parents and children, worked together to make our three summer events successful, creating decorations, providing, preparing and serving food. 
Our Summer and the Sea Concert,  on  August 3,  showcased the work of the teachers and their budding artists. 
The fall session will begin September 9, after a break for students to begin school.   Students who have studied musicianship will be able to enter a new flute class, a violin or trombone class. 
 "Children in El Sistema dignify their existence by assuming, at a very tender age, the glorious identity of artists." - Jos´┐Ż Antonio Abreu, founder El Sistema Valenzuela

Ellen Sell
Director, Angelica Center for Arts and Music
Bringing peace, hope and understanding through the arts.

Yanci Earns Zipper Scholarship

Yanci has been chosen to be a Herbert Zipper Scholar, receiving $30,000 to study violin at the Colburn School.  Yanci has studied violin with David Howells at Magnolia Avenue Elementary school for three years and has studied violin, guitar, voice and musicianship at ACAM for the past year.   A Herbert Zipper scholar must possess exceptionally promising skills (in instrumental, jazz instrumental or voice), a love for the arts, and a desire to further explore the breadth and depth of their musical education. 


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded $250,000 to the Colburn School to advance music instruction for talented low-income youth at the Colburn School. Yanci is one of 44 in the Herbert Zipper Scholars Program of the Colburn School Community School of Performing Arts, a comprehensive  music education program for talented, motivated, low-income students, ages 8-18. Programming will be tailored to each student and will include private lessons, ensembles, music theory, performance opportunities, instruments, and an advisor who will work closely with instructors to guide students in their music study to become conservatory-ready.

A Big Thank You To Our Generous Donors
Paul and Mary Kernodle have donated a beautiful flute and piccolo for ACAM students to play.  Denise VanZago chose five books  her friend Kate Coombs has written as a gift for the ACAM library.  A young pianist, Shellsea now is able to practice on her own piano, a gift from another generous individual, and Thrivent For Lutherans allocated $1,600 in the form of a grant.
Snack time is a joyous time at ACAM, especially when it is watermelon or ice cream!  Jenny Rodriguez, Assistant Director, coordinates and serves the nutritious foods ACAM parents and friends donate.
ACAM is most appreciative of the donations of instruments, books, food, and money - ALLhelp us to keep arts education alive in the Pico Union neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.
Summer Sea Concert
On August 3 ACAM students displayed what they have learned during the past seven weeks in a concert in the Angelica Auditorium.  Many new students enrolled for summer and nearly 120 students learned in 560 classes, taking a total of 2,684 classes. Featured in the program were students from dance, theatre, guitar, piano, recorder, singing and violin classes.  The audience enjoyed a delicious meal after the program.
Stars Shine On Bingo Night
ACAM students and parents produced a multitude of stars to decorate Angelica Auditorium for the bingo players in on July 6.  Our littlest stars, the ballerinas, along with three levels of contemporary dancers charmed the crowd.  The actors presented a lesson with Aesop fable, "The Deer and the Vine," and pianists displayed their progress.  After singing with the younger ones, the older stars serenaded the audience.
Several of the five year olds proudly helped Ana del Castillo and Olga Almengor with the bingo numbers.     Beverly Valdez displayed the prizes and items for the opportunity drawing.  Angelica Hess organized our wonderful parents who provided, prepared and sold hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, ice cream and other desserts. Ed Sell captured the activities of the night in photos.   
Eclectic Concert Benefits ACAM
The Makinto Family Performs
The Makinto Family, LeChic, Rhythm over Reason and The Full Suns delivered eclectic and beautiful music as part of the Trinity Lutheran Church concert series on July 20 to benefit Angelica Center for Arts and Music.  Esai Saucedo, concert organizer, and Pat Digre, Trinity Concert Chair, organized an evening of talented and lively musicians.  With the help of Joanna Padilla and Beth Gallen, ACAM provided pan dulce, jamaica, and tamarindo, highlighted by the delicious tamales of Eva Saucedo.  In appreciation for the concert, ACAM recorder players, singers and violinists entertained during the reception.
ACAM is most grateful to Trinity Lutheran for their wonderful hospitality and the energy of hosting this successful event.
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