National Take A Stand Festival Culminates With Performance Led By Gustavo Dudamel

It was incredibly uplifting and entertaining to watch these extraordinarily talented kids from all around the country perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Led by Thomas Wilkins and Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra performed works ranging from Berlioz to Bernstein.

The National Take a Stand Festival is an unprecedented initiative to create a unified national platform for El Sistema-inspired and aligned programs throughout the United States. The three-year project began with a teacher training and pilot program in 2015, continued with two regional youth orchestra camps in 2016, and culminated in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp featuring a final performance led by LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel.

Students had access to top artistic and educational resources and experienced some of the world’s finest learning institutions and concert venues. In addition to programming, travel, lodging, and food were free for all selected students.

AFFLICTION Q&A With Robyn Coburn and JPCF’s Lynda Erkiletian

JPCF’s Lynda Erkiletian and author Robyn Coburn joined renown critic Pete Hammond for a Q&A prior to the screening of AFFLICTION to discuss James Coburn’s experience making the film as well as James’ soon to be released biography. Listen to the Q&A here:

KCET Cinema Series Screening of AFFLICTION

JPCF, proud sponsor of the KCET Cinema Series, greatly enjoyed watching the performance that earned James Coburn an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor! The event was held at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and featured a pre-screening Q&A with Robyn Coburn and Lynda Erkiletian.

LACMA Art+Film Gala

JPCF had a fantastic time honoring pioneering Light and Space artist Robert Irwin and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. The event brought together notables from the art, film, fashion, and entertainment industries. LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio co-chaired the Art+Film Gala for the sixth consecutive year, and Gucci once again provided its invaluable support as the presenting sponsor of the annual event, with Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele as Gala Host Committee Chair.

JPCF Attends Operation Smile’s 2016 Smile Gala

JPCF, proud supporter of Operation Smile, had a magnificent time celebrating another year of Operation Smile’s incredibly successful missions around the world while also raising money and awareness for future missions!