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Music + Arts Festival

THIS WEEKEND: please join artist Thaddeus Smith presented by Roger Hampton of Hampton Productions and the visual arts students of the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs at the Taft Building in Hollywood during the Only in Hollywood Music + Arts Festival.

Mentored by artist and LACER instructor Monica Cobian our students have created a gorgeous body of work, hand-selected and framed by Thaddeus, and on sale to benefit LACER's invaluable visual arts programming. Please stop by to see thier work, buy some art to support our kids and help us launch our Text-to-Give campaign!

Taft Building - Lobby - Hollywood Blvd. & Vine Street - Hollywood, California

Friday 6 to 9pm

Saturday and Sunday 3 to 8pm







THE 2015 JOHN LIECHTY OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD We'd like you to meet this year's award recipients, Carlos Yalibat, Tabassum Raisa, Emani Mack, Rubi Pineda, Gabriela Hernandez, and Jason Diaz! Each of these six great students will be honored on November 15th at LACER's 20th Anniversary Fundraiser Brunch. MEET THEM IN PERSON TICKETS and INFO on November 15, 2015 at the Avalon Hollywood!



L.A.C.E.R.'s Outstanding Student Award Winners 2015 from L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs on Vimeo.


The Dick Seymour Arts Fund

In Celebration of the Adventurous Life of American Artist Richard Frank "Dick" Seymour (1937-2015) friends and family encourage donations to The Dick Seymour Arts Fund in lieu of flowers. The Dick Seymour Arts Fund will support visual art students within the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs led by his son, founding member and Executive Director, Will Seymour.

Now in it's 20th year, LACER provides award-winning art, academic and athletic activities to thousands of youth, for free, each year. The Dick Seymour Arts Fund will provide much needed art supplies, portfolios and technology to students seeking higher education in the visual arts. To find out more about Dick Seymour, and the work LACER does, please visit DickSeymour.com and LACERstars.org.

Donate by MAIL or by PHONE:
The Dick Seymour Arts Fund
L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs
1277 N. Wilcox Ave., Suite 2
Los Angeles, California 90038
(323) 957-6481

Donate ONLINE:


Dick Seymour

kids with signs 300dpiFor 20 years the award-winning L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs have provided underserved middle and high school students in Los Angeles with free arts, athletics and academic activites after school. By allowing young people the opportunity to expand their learning, improve their skills and develop new ones in a safe, supportive setting, L.A.C.E.R. fosters scholastic achievement, self-confidence and good citizenship.




L.A.C.E.R. News

LISTEN: "Spotlight on the Community"

L.A.C.E.R.'s Will Seymour ("Mortified", "Joan of Arcadia" and "This American Life) sits down with Denise Westwood at 95.5 KLOS "Spotlight on the Community" to discuss growning up, getting involved and how a safe and caring after school environment like the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs can help kids find a direction for the rest of their lives. Listen to the podcast here.

MAJOR GIFT: The Wilbur May Foundation

Partnerships like The Wilbur May Foundation, a long-time supporter, help L.A.C.E.R. make the arts an integral part of the after school experience for thousands of youth in Los Angeles. In a new initiative that began in early 2014, The Wilbur May Foundation ARTStars – Connecting Youth Through the Arts program provided an additional 23,300 hours of instruction and performance time across six L.A.C.E.R. schools. By doing so, L.A.C.E.R. was able to provide an arts experience for every student, that’s over 7,000 middle and high school youth who benefited from this expanded collaboration.

Listen to Will Seymour’s conversation with Denise Westwood on 95.5 KLOS “Spotlight on the Community” as he explains how L.A.C.E.R. changes lives daily through arts, athletics and academics and the new initiative made possible by a major gift from The Wilbur May Foundation.