Our Stories. Our Voices.

Dear CAB Community,


We hope this message finds you well.

 

Our heart goes out to our local and global community, and every person impacted in the fight against COVID-19.  Although we have suspended our programming at this time, Collaborative Artists Bloc is still working to enrich our community by supporting organizations helping those impacted by this crisis.  Many people are hurting right now and we would like to help in any way that we are able.  Our members have been working to get more resources to our healthcare workers on the frontline and support those that are in need during COVID-19.  We have partnered with some organizations that are working to impact our local community and we would love to share these organizations with you if you are looking for creative ways to help.

 

 

The Downtown Women's Center

Unfortunately the pandemic of Covid-19 is impacting homeless populations and communities of color at an alarming rate.  The Downtown Women's Center has been doing life-saving work for more than 40 years serving the women's population within the homeless community, a large percentage being women of color.  They need your support now more than ever.  

 

What they currently need:

This organization has an Amazon wish list.  The wish list consists of requests from individuals the organization is helping.  It also includes necessities that the DWC needs to fulfill their work.  Please consider supporting the organization either with a monetary donation or purchasing something from their amazon wish list.

 

 

Covid Mask Crafters

Our health workers are still in need of personal protective equipment.  We are working with Covid Mask Crafters to make and deliver masks to the frontline.  So far, they've delivered over 20,000 masks to the folks on the frontline but there is a tremendous need for more PPE. 

 

What they currently need:

They are in need of volunteers that can sew.  Do you have a few hours during this quarantine to help build masks for our healthcare workers?  The organization can easily arrange delivery of materials for masks to you and pick up finished masks from you so that you don't leave the house.  They also need other volunteers and donations.  However, the number one need right now would be folks that can dedicate a few hours to sew some masks.  They will provide you with all the instructions.

 

 

Thru Guidance Ministries

They are a faith-based non-profit that generally travels around the world offering arts camps to children and teens in underprivileged communities.  During this time, Thru Guidance has been serving meals to students in South Los Angeles that were dependent on schools for their only meals.  With schools being closed due to the pandemic, Thru Guidance is now feeding these students and other members of the community.  Last week they were featured on NBC when they served over 20,000 meals in one week. 

 

What they currently need:

If you are able to do so, please donate to this organization. They are in need of more resources to help communities struck by the economic impact of this pandemic.  They also need volunteers.  However, the thing they need the most at this moment is more resources in order to provide more meals.

 

 

We miss you all.  We miss our community.  We miss creating art and dialoguing on all the ways for us to grow, learn, and be present on this journey with each other.  Though these are incredibly hard times, together we will persevere.  These are just a few ways we have found to support and assist those in need at this time.  We hope that you join us. 

 

All things good,

 

Desean, Keiana, and The CAB Team

ABOUT CAB

Collaborative Artists Bloc (CAB) brings dynamic and immersive performing arts experiences that explore cultural identity, promote social change, and build empathy to the full spectrum of our individual realities. We are dedicated to bringing together artists to collaborate and create content of human and artistic value for social change. Our goal is to create art that impacts and shapes the world around us. 

 

PROJECTS

These are the different ways CAB brings our stories to our communities

CAB READING SERIES

Join us for our Los Angeles play readings, focused on exploring the work of new playwrights connected to our mission. We aim to discover new exciting pieces that speak to the social issues in our communities and history, and to have them told by talented artists with creative vision. We also use our reading series to discover stories for possible CAB productions. Do you have a play that you would like to submit for consideration four our Reading Series? Please send us an email with your work!

AMERICAN SAGA Project

American Saga is committed to telling the untold stories of America’s unheard voices. We are continually exploring narratives of diverse communities, including ethnic, racial, religious, sexual, and gender minorities. Just as our company embraces a multiplicity of points of view, we are also dedicated to telling these stories through a diversity of forms. The American Saga project encompasses and connects a range of media, including theater, film and television, music, digital media, and movement. American Saga is more than art: it’s a movement.

 

OUR TEAM

Making A Difference Through Art

 

DESEAN KEVIN TERRY

artistic director

Desean Kevin Terry is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He is an actor and director. Previous works include Suzan Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars, where he replaced Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown; A Street Car Named Desire at the Boston Court, and Les Blancs at Rogue Machine Theatre, for which he received the 2017 Ticket Holder award for Best Actor in a play. Television credits include Scorpion, Southland, Shameless, ER, Monk, Harry's Law, The Night Shift, Sleeper Cell, House, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS Los Angeles and more. Film credits include Post Grad, God's Army, Somebody's Mother, States of Grace, Bolden. He has been twice nominated by the NAACP for his stage work and was privileged to work with Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, and Blair Underwood on a Tony winning production The Trip to Bountiful, directed by Michael Wilson. As a director, he helmed Behind the Mask: a compilation of plays from the Negro Ensemble Company, James Baldwin's Blues for Mr. Charlie, George C Wolfe's The Colored Museum, Suzan Lori Parks' Imperciptible Mutabilities in the Rhird Kingdom, and more...

PRESS COVERAGE

Connecting with our community

NPR SEGMENT

on the watts production of

american saga: gunshot medfley: part I

LOS ANGELES TIMES

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