Local Bands Lineup!

Singer-songwriter Matt Ellis (second from left) has curated (and will perform on) the locals-only Andalusia sound stage during the Abbot Kinney Festival, featuring (from left) Blue Eyed Son, Adrienne Cohen Isom and Chris Isom from Nocona, Paul Chesne, Tom Freund and Lacey Kay Cowden Photo by J.D. Narro

Singer-songwriter Matt Ellis (second from left) has curated (and will perform on) the locals-only Andalusia sound stage during the Abbot Kinney Festival, featuring (from left) Blue Eyed Son, Adrienne Cohen Isom and Chris Isom from Nocona, Paul Chesne, Tom Freund and Lacey Kay Cowden
Photo by J.D. Narro

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The Andalusia Stage is chock full of local talent! Check out this article in the Argonaut and be introduced to some awesome musicians you'll have a chance to hear on Sunday. 

 

Drive Dirty!

Go Dirty for the Drought!

Los Angeles Waterkeeper will be at the Abbot Kinney Festival taking pledges and giving out Dirty Car Pledge car stickers! California is having the worst drought in recorded history. Do your part to conserve water by pledging to not wash your car for 60 days. Pick up your sticker at the Festival and display it proudly on your car window to help spread the word about prioritizing water conservation for LA! You can also take the Dirty Car Pledge on the LA Waterkeeper website and they will mail you a sticker. 

So, no, you're not too lazy / busy / cheap / aloof to keep your car clean... you're helping save water! Share it! #DirtyCarPledge

 

Incredible Chalk Artist at the Festival!

Be sure to visit the Chalk Art area at Westminster and Electric and be amazed!

Local artists and area children will join internationally acclaimed chalk artist Julio Jimenez for a day of colorful illustration in our streets. Jimenez will complete a 3D anamorphic image while local children will complete a large mandala.

Julio is seasoned Mexican American street artist from Southern California. Born in the San Fernando Valley, chalk has been Julio's favorite medium since he decided to pursue his career in art, at the age of 16, for its easily manipulative nature to create realistic imagery.

 

2014 Community Grant Recipients

 

We are very proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Community Grants. This year, we’re helping send kids to Catalina and bring music to their schools!

We’re helping them learn old style photography, organic gardening, and that coding is cool! We're pitching in so that Venice Oceanarium can get the Grunion Festival up and running and so reDiscover Center can keep Saturday's Open Studio open.

A Big Thank You to the talented and committed people who create and implement the projects AKFA proudly supports. 

We'll feature our grantees and their works individually in upcoming posts, so stay tuned. For now, here is the complete list of the 2014 recipients and the great projects that AKFA grants will support.

 

Beyond Baroque

 

One of AKFA's Community Grants recipients is Beyond Baroque, a venerable Venice organization dedicated to the possibility of language. They have written us:

"Thanks to the generous support of the Abbot Kinney Festival Association, Beyond Baroque has been able to make significant improvements to the acoustics and atmosphere of its theater. These improvements have greatly enhanced the experiences of Venice audiences attending our readings, performances, and concerts."

Beyond Baroque is one of the United States' leading independent Literary | Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature and art through cultural events and community interaction. Founded in 1968, Beyond Baroque is based out of the original City Hall building in Venice, California. The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming including readings, workshops, new music and education. The building also houses a bookstore with the largest collection of new poetry books and CDs for sale and an archive that houses over 40,000 books, including small press and limited-edition publications, chronicling the history of poetry movements in Los Angeles and beyond.