BRINGING MUSIC PROGRAMS BACK TO LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS: Playing For Change partners with Celerity Schools to create a powerful educational program utilizing the power of music to make positive social change.
In an effort to support students in underserved urban areas, Celerity Global Development and Playing For Change will be hosting “Playing For Change Day” (www.PlayingForChangeDay.org), at various Celerity Schools throughout the US on Friday, September 19th. PFC Day LA and Celerity Schools will host the hub event at the Celerity Troika School in Highland Park, CA.
The Global Playing For Change Day movement last year featured over 300 events in 56 countries. The Los Angeles event will feature live performances by the Playing For Change Band, an internationally recognized music group that celebrates music from all cultures. The unique "Songs Around the World" concept, combining synchronized video performances from diverse artists around the world, has garnered a global audience of over 250 million. Collaborating artists in past projects include Keith Richards, Bono, Sara Bareilles, Taj Mahal, Manu Chao, Ziggy and Stephen Marley, and 100’s of other performers. The LA lineup will also feature violinist virtuoso Lili Haydn, celebrities and performers plus special guests to be announced.
Celerity Global Development (Operator of fourteen K-12 Celerity Charter Schools in Los Angeles and over 30 schools nationally) is partnering with The Playing for Change Foundation locally and nationally and to provide a unique music and performing arts programs to schools in the United States. The Playing for Change Day Events at Celerity Schools are to celebrate and promote this new partnership and program launch (a list of participating schools can be found at the bottom of these release).
Numerous studies have proven that sustained learning in music and the performing arts improves skills in math and reading and promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth. The unique Playing for Change school curriculum accomplishes all that and more. Based on the United Nations’ Millennium Goals and the soon to be adopted Sustainability Goals, the curriculum promotes creative exploration of what it means to be a positive steward of the planet. What’s more, Playing for Change’s innovative mobile techniques and the universal power of music itself invites children the world over to collaborate in that exploration.
"Celerity has been committed to serving the underserved since the creation of our first school. We are also committed to the development of the whole student, both their intellect and their creativity. This type of development is essential, and despite the reduction in funds for the creative arts, we are committed to bringing music and performing arts back into the classroom. With our partnership with Playing for Change, our dreams will be brought to fruition. We are certain our collaboration will inspire others to do the same."
Vielka McFarlane, CEO, Celerity Global Development
Playing for Change Foundation currently provides free classes in dance, musical instruments, and music theory to more than 700 students at nine music schools and programs it has established in Africa, Nepal and Thailand. Playing for Change, the PFC Foundation and Celerity Global Development have now partnered to further support those existing programs and to expand the curriculum to schools within the United States and globally, beginning with Celerity Schools in California, Louisiana, Florida, and Ohio. The new International Music Program will be headquartered in Los Angeles.
“Music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.” Mark Johnson, Co-Founder, Playing for Change
Playing for Change Foundation
Playing for Change Foundation was established in 2007 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit with a mission to create positive change through music and arts education. The foundation has created 9 schools in Africa and Asia and produces the annual Playing For Change Day global event. To date, the lives of more than 15,000 children and community members have been improved through programs of the Foundation and educational performances through Playing for Change. www.playingforchangeday.org
Celerity Global Development
Celerity Global Development is the parent company of the Celerity Schools that serve children and families in Los Angeles, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Ohio. Their mission is to provide quality education in underserved communities by creating alternative schools that focus on the potential of every child. Celerity Schools are communities of diverse individuals where students develop their intellectual, artistic, and physical talents to the highest degree. www.celerityschools.org .
What: Playing For Change Day Concert
Who: Playing For Change Band, Lili Haydn plus special guests
Where: The Celerity Troika Charter School
6460 N. Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90042
When: Friday, September 19th
10am – 12:30pm
*Press Interviews and Photos Opportunities on site
Additional Celerity Schools with PFC Live Events on September 19th:
Louisiana – Celerity Woodmere Charter School –Harvey, LA
Florida – Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy - Fort Myers, FL
Ohio – Celerity Tenacia Charter School - Columbus, OH
Schools with simultaneous events
Celerity Cardinal Charter School – Sun Valley
Celerity Dyad Charter School – South Los Angeles
Celerity Exa Charter School - Pasadena
Celerity Nascent Charter School – South Los Angeles
Celerity Octavia Charter School – Glassel Park
Celerity Palmati Charter School – North Hollywood
Celerity Sirius Charter School - Compton
Bonita Springs Preparatory and Fitness Academy
Cape Coral Preparatory and Fitness Academy
Celerity Crestworth Charter School – Baton Rouge
Celerity Dalton Charter School – Baton Rouge
Celerity Lanier Charter School – Baton Rouge
(Marketwired) - Evutec Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high quality mobile phone and tablet cases, has recently earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification for its mobile phone cases, based on an assessment conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS), an internationally recognized third-party certification body. The cases are made of FSC-certified wood, such as bamboo and white ash, from well-managed forests. They fit a wide range of cellphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 6, officially released this week.
"Evutec's achievement of FSC certification is a reflection of its commitment to sustainable design and manufacturing," said Robert J. Hrubes, Executive Vice President at SCS. "Evutec's smartphone cases are enabling consumers to make choices that directly reinforce responsible forestry practices."
Structurally, the Evutec cases are designed to be sleek yet durable. To accomplish this, a unique blend of high tech substances and organic materials are woven together with wood veneer to create a strong case that is resistant to warping from heat and moisture. These signature wooden cases set an important precedent for companies in the tech industry seeking to build sustainability into their products through durable design and innovative uses of responsibly sourced materials. They will be available in Apple® retail stores in October.
"We strive to integrate sustainability into our design process, not only by seeking out responsibly sourced materials and reducing consumption-related impacts, but by creating products that are durable in both a physical and stylistic sense," said David Rojas, Director of Design at Evutec Corporation. "Great design eliminates the need for a revolving door of cell phone cases by essentially increasing their life span and consequently reducing the environmental impact of production."
"Achieving FSC Chain of Custody certification and developing new ways to recycle composite materials for use in new products are two of the ways we can demonstrate to our customers that Evutec is fully committed to environmental sustainability," said Melanie Kerns, Evutec Marketing Designer, adding that the company also engages its supply chain in joint efforts to promote durable design and manufacturing under its proprietary "Ecology United with Technology" design approach.
About Evutec Corporation:
Evutec Corporation, based in Walnut, California, is a leading composite material manufacturer, specializing in mobile phone and tablet cases. Founded in 2012 by a team of highly experienced design and manufacturing professionals, the company utilizes the best available materials and is working to develop new ways to recycle composite materials to manufacture new products without compromising function or style. The Evutec product family is designed and engineered in the USA, and provides unequaled strength, style and dependability. For more information, visit evutec.com.
SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in forestry, fishery management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, retail, and more. SCS has been conducting assessments under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard since its inception, both for responsibly managed forests and for wood and paper products made from FSC-certified wood. The chain-of-custody certification traces FSC-certified timber throughout the value chain, ensuring that it remains separated and distinct from non-certified wood in all stages of harvesting, transport and processing.
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