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PIECES

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Education, Music, Performing Arts Schools

Mission: EMPOWERING YOUNG ADULTS THROUGH THE ARTS - PIECES IS A CA 501(C)(3) VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT SERVES YOUNG ADULTS AGES 18 THROUGH 25. WE ARE DEDICATED TO POSITIVELY INFLUENCING YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE ARTS; TAPPING INTO THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT CREATIVITY UNLOCKS, HARNESSING ARTISTIC GROWTH WHILE BUILDING IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS. Our mission is to create opportunities and to keep the creative spirit in young people from fading. We recognize how important it is in every person's development to be able to create and express one's self. PIECES strives to provide a positive environment, tools and support for young people in a crucial age group, transitioning from childhood into adulthood. Many experiencing the loss of a support system, struggling to find employment or feeling unsure of what steps to take next in their own lives. Through the arts, we encourage young adults to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible adults, and encourage an interest in entrepreneurship and gaining an education.

Results: PIECES is a young non-profit organization, currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Today, we have over 100 active program participants. We have been working closely with young visual artists and musicians that live in the area for over a three years. With great success, many of our artists have earned opportunities as muralists, having their artwork displayed in galleries, performing their music at various LA venues, gaining paid work, an interest in entrepreneurship and expanding their education.

Target demographics: young adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 young adults

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, CA

Programs: professional guidance, education and other opportunities in visual and perfroming arts fields.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Josie2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PIECES is quirky, unique, motivating, and everything a non-profit should be. Not only does it allow their members to express themselves, it allows them the excel. PIECES offers various programs i.e painting, graffiti art, poetry, dance, music, and audio engineering... The list continues to grow.

Within the past year, I have witnessed this non-profit grow alongside with its members. It acknowledges these young-adults when most programs cease to do so at the age of 18. Unlike most non-profits, PIECES helps guide these young adults and gives them the experience to put their talents into play. Therefore preparing them for a field if they wish to pursue it.

This non-profit is a definite must if you wish to grow as a creative mind. Let them be a PIECE that guides you in the right direction.

http://www.creativepieces.org/#

ShaneBasye

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pieces is a non-profit that really stands out compared to others. It allows young adults to be themselves. They can focus on their creative art skills free from distractions and prepare their craft for a professional environment. Creator/Owner Lalo Marquez shows a never ending passion for his students giving 100% of his time no matter the project and/or situation. I feel so lucky to be a part of some thing so positive and surround myself with great people. At Pieces, everyone is in the spotlight. Everyone can benefit from the amazing list of classes and instructors.

- Shane Basye

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is quite new; about 1 year old and they definitely have something great going on...providing opportunities for young struggling artists, opportunities to learn various types of artforms, a space for young minds to stay occupied on something positive, to create, express themselves and learn skills. The age group they serve is fantastic (18-24) and a lot of their artists are amazing and have great potential.