Join us for Big World Fun 2017

To the families who love art, music, culture and dance:

Join me and a small group of all-ages volunteers for pre-show art projects at BIG WORLD FUN! 

Big World Fun is a family series presented by the Ford Theatres that takes place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM in July and August. These hour-long music and dance performances are for children ages 4 to 12 and their families. Travel the world without leaving LA, as groups representing music and dance from Micronesia, Japan and more. Bring the whole family! FREE for kids; adults pay $5. Parking is $1.

Just like last year, we'll offer easy and fun pre-show art projects for kids and their families for 45 minutes before each show. We need volunteers ages 10 and up to arrive by 8:45am, help setup and assist folks with navigating the craft table, answer questions or offer help in making the crafts.

Last year was a blast and I hope to see your shining faces this summer! 

Big World Fun is a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation. Supporters include Comcast NBCUniversal; the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; First 5 LA; L.A. Parent; National Endowment for the Arts; Southern California Edison; Union Bank Foundation; and Wells Fargo Foundation. Big World Fun partners include the County of LA Public Library and the LA County Department of Parks & Recreation.

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You are in Hollywood. Well, maybe somewhere near Hollywood. Close enough to drive. You love Los Angeles with all its glaring contradictions. You are friendly. You smile at people. You go to concerts. You make friends everywhere. Dancers, musicians, artists, photographers. This is the 90s, and there is no Google Maps. You are lost. A lot. Driving through downtown and West Hollywood and Venice and Crenshaw. And there are so many dreams and ideas floating in the air. 

From Bjork in a paper skirt or Meshell on her bass at the Glam Slam in Downtown to listening in awe of Dwight Trible at The World Stage in Leimert Park to seeing De La Soul at The Viper Room - a certain kind of Los Angeles music scene shaped my formative years. And nothing has changed. I am still an avid fan of soulful, eclectic music and intimate venues that get you up close and personal. What a gift to to watch the musicians and artists I've encountered as the years have passed, find success on many levels.

There is a point where one moves from observer to active participant. And that is where I find myself today. I listen to stories on NPR about lack of diversity in the entertainment industry. I see beautiful posts documenting #blackgirlmagic. My heart aches thinking of mass incarceration and listening to coverage of the #blacklivesmatter movement. And I feel lost. A lot. 

Producer, Andrea Miller, pictured with her daughter Selah.

Producer, Andrea Miller, pictured with her daughter Selah.

I could lose myself in daily household tasks. I could sink down and hide inside my own life. But just like water, for me, boundaries are nonexistent. I tap into the dreams and ideas that make up this city called Hollywood. The dreams of my friends. And my own dreams.

Today, I find myself working in partnership with the historic Ford Theatres as Producer and Director of Common Culture: Across the Water. 

Join us and tap into 100+ years of Hollywood history and the countless dreams and ideas floating in the air.

About me: Born to parents who immigrated to the United States from Cape Town, South Africa in the 1960's, my interest in immigration narratives, social activism, liberation movements and living a multi-racial identity has informed my grassroots community work and creative direction. It is themes such as multi-culturalism, global citizenry, and the search for identity and family that greatly influence my work.