Thursday, June 24, 2010

Taking The Reins benefit

Big City Forum with Pink Cloud Events is proud to present a fundraiser dinner for Taking the Reins (TTR).

Sunday, July 11th
6 - 8:30 pm
3919 1/2 Rigali Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
323.906.1560 Phone

Taking the Reins is a remarkable non-profit that develops self-esteem, teamwork, responsibility and leadership skills for at-risk teenage girls through learning to ride and care for horses, sustainable gardening, and creative writing,and art lessons. Their learning center is located in Los Feliz at equestrian stables near the LA River.

The evening event will be organized as a presentation by Mia Lehrer, one of the foremost landscape architects in California, and photography based artist Alia Malley.

The goal of this benefit and presentation is to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of this creative leader, present positive creative role models to young girls in the TtR program, and expand the profile of Taking the Reins by exposing it to a larger creative community.

The evening at a glance:
*Inspiring presentation by speakers Mia Lehrer and Alia Malley in an elegant-rustic barn
*Stable & Garden tours led by the students at Taking the Reins
*Dinner and refreshments by Large Marge Sustainables
*Libations courtesy of Biergarten Pub in KTown
*Music from dublab founder Mark "frosty" McNeill
*Puppetry performance by Yelena Zhelezov

MIA LEHRER is the founding principal of Mia Lehrer + Associates, known for its design and development of a wide spectrum of ambitious public and private projects that include urban revitalization developments, large urban parks, and complex commercial projects. Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Today, she is internationally recognized for her progressive landscape designs, working with such natural landmarks as parks, lakes, and rivers, coupled with her advocacy for ecology and people-friendly public space.

With great appreciation for community input, Mia Lehrer prides herself and her firm on reaching out to stakeholders for their thoughts and ideas about projects which affect their neighborhoods and their lives. She is committed to protecting our environment and designing projects that will heal our earth. She believes that great landscape design coupled with sustainability has the power to enhance the livability and quality of life in our cities, and in doing so improve by great measure the quality of our environment.

ALIA MALLEY was born in California, and raised in Portland, OR. She received her BA in Critical Studies from USC School of Cinematic Arts, and her MFA from UC Riverside in 2010. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Her series Southland won the 2010 Merck Award at the Darmst├Ądter Tage der Fotografie, and is on view as a solo exhibition at Sam Lee Galley until August 14, 2010. She was a 2009 Runner Up at the Forward Thinking Museum/JGS, and a Finalist/Honorable Mention at the Newspace Center for Photography╩╝s 2008 Juried Exhibition, curated by TJ Norris. She has participated in recent group exhibitions including SHFT, curated by Edie Kahula Pereira at the Continental Gallery, Los Angeles, Sculpting Time at the Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, curated by Ara Osterweil, and the 2009 CAA Los Angeles MFA Exhibition, curated by Alex Klein.

Taking the Reins
TtR is a nonprofit organization serving adolescent girls in Los Angeles. Their programs teach life skills to mostly at-risk, teenage girls primarily through a unique, equine-based educational program. In addition, girls participate in Learning Center Programs and work on an organic farm. In eleven years, Taking the Reins has served more than 1,000 girls, empowering them to be strong, confident and courageous, and has provided them with safe haven that fosters creativity.


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