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Transcript from the heartfelt feature story that ran continually on morning newscasts.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press coverage garnered on Los Angeles\' number-one watched newscast
Group Helps Kids Find Their Creative SideAired on KABC& -TV Newscast, Tuesday, July 14, 2009TranscriptINGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- The tough economy is hitting everyone hard, especially nonprofitorganizations whose purpose is to help communities. But one Los Angeles group has found away to channel creativity and make some businesses look better at the same time.They are learning to stay within the lines on the paper and in life. Students in Inglewood at theAlliance County District school for at risk kids are getting in touch with their artistic side.Student Moises Juarez gets a lot out of the program."It allows me to express myself in a different way either through writing or through music," saidJuarez.Dominque Leftage compares it to discipline."Its mainly like the discipline you get and the inspiration you get to express yourself. It reallyhelps you out in terms of reaching a goal," said Leftage.The art instruction is provided by Theatre of Hearts - Youth First. The nonprofit is alwaysstruggling for funding, but it is even harder in a recession, which is why Theatre of Hearts isturning to a unique way to raise money. The organization is lending the student art work to localbusinesses in exchange for a donation.Sheila Scott Wilinson of Theatre of Hearts says its a good way to get involved."This art lending program is a way that the community, a business, lawyers, doctors can havebeautiful framed artwork in their surroundings and feel that they have empowered ouryoungsters," said Wilinson.Theatre of Hearts thinks of it as a win-win situation. Not only is the donation tax-deductable, butthose who provide a donation get to keep the art work for a set period of time. Meanwhile, thedonations keep the program in place.Instructors insist they can see the difference it makes with students. Instructor Heriberto Lunafinds once his students get started creating artwork, they believe in themselves and believe theycan create something beautiful.Drawings, paintings and other works grace the schools walls. They are created by kids who,without this program, would probably never get the chance to show the artist within.