L.A. DIGEST: Academy Museum hires Jacqueline Stewart

Staff and Wire Reports

BEVERLY HILLS — The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced Oct. 19 that scholar, programmer, and educator Jacqueline Stewart has been named chief artistic and programming officer.

Stewart will lead strategy and planning for the Academy Museum’s curatorial, educational and public programming initiatives, including exhibitions, screenings, symposia, publications, workshops, and K-12 programs.

Stewart will join the museum in January 2021 — it is scheduled to open April 30 next year — and will report to the Director and President of the Academy Museum, Bill Kramer.

She currently serves on the curatorial advisory committee for the Academy Museum’s upcoming exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971, which explores the visual culture of Black cinema from its early days to just after the civil rights movement.

Crypto kids camp

taking applications

INGLEWOOD — Registration is open for Crypto Kids Camp (“CKC”) an engaging five-day winter-break camp that exposes tech enthusiastic youth between 5 and 17 to the newest in emerging technology.

The camp is in session Dec. 28 through Jan. 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 614 E. Manchester Blvd.

Camp cost is $399 for the week and includes meals, snacks, and goodie bags containing cryptocurrency, a laptop, cellphone, drone, virtual reality headset and more. Free scholarships are being awarded based on family income.

Expert instructors from tech fields will teach campers skill sets and lessons rooted in cutting-edge, real-world experience and explore unimagined career opportunities related to blockchain, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies all geared to prepare youth for the future economy.

To apply visit  https://www.cryptokidscamp.org.

Blacks don’t trust

COVID-19 vaccine

LOS ANGELES — Ninety-three percent of Black residents polled in Los Angeles County say that they will not take a COVID-19 vaccine if it were available this year. Black Women Rally for Action – Los Angeles County conducted a social media online public opinion poll asking Black residents in Los Angeles County if they would take the COVID-19 vaccine this year.

Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 3, 335 respondents used Facebook, Instagram and email to offer their points of view. U.S. federal officials have promised that a vaccine may be available by the end of 2020. Many Blacks say that they do not trust the vaccine approval process.

Black Women Rally for Action has made COVID-19 prevention and control among Black Angelenos its priority since March. The social media campaign reaches over 20,000 individuals weekly with COVID-19 messages and resources and they believe that the current level of government mistrust may interfere with any validated vaccine outreach to Blacks.

Cal State receives

grant for teachers

CARSON — Cal State Dominguez Hills has been awarded the first year of a $7.6 million multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop an innovative teacher education program that offers the unique opportunity to earn a multiple-subject and single-subject credential in one program. Most universities only offer these credentials in separate programs.

The Accelerated Preparation Program for Leaders in Education program will receive $4.94 million over three years or $7.59 million over five years to prepare approximately 350 teachers for the classroom.

Students who complete the program will be able to teach in the Los Angeles Unified School District with the option of teaching in a multiple subject classrom at the elementary school level class, a mathematics or science class in the seventh or eighth grade, or a high school math class.

Cal State’s Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) will manage the program in partnership with LAUSD Local District East, and LAUSD Local District South. Participants are obligated to teach within these two local districts.


Ross to open second

Compton store

COMPTON — Ross Dress for Less will open a second store in Compton on Oct. 24, the Northern California-based clothing chain has announced.

The new 30,000-square-foot store will be located in Compton Towne Center, at the southwest corner of Compton Boulevard and Alameda Street.

The other Ross store is at Gateway Towne Center at 212 Towne Center Drive.

With the second Compton location’s opening, Ross will operate 325 stores in California and a total of 1,588 locations in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

Academy offers

songwriting class

SOUTH LOS ANGELES —White Hall Arts Academy is hosting a series on songwriting every Thursday during October via Zoom.

The session begin at 6 p.m. and is led by academy founder and music industry veteran Tanisha Hall. Confirmed guest speakers include Shanice, entertainment attorney Bonnie Berry Lamon, music administration specialist James Guss and songwriters and executives from Universal Music Publishing Group and many more.

Individuals 15 and up are able to register now to reserve their spots at https://www.whitehallacademy.org/songs.

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