Saturday, December 19, 2009


WHAT IS NOMAD LAB? NOMAD LAB is a program created to support the goals of the Valle del Oro Neighborhood Committee in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, GHP Management and the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. As an initiative of the Valle del Oro Neighborhood Committee, NOMAD LAB is devoted to building a better neighborhood through arts programs and activities for youth and their families.

NOMAD LAB consists of 3 programs (art labs) for Valle del Oro youth and their families: Creative Voice Lab, Creative Writing Lab and Public Art Lab.

Creative Voice Lab: Participants will investigate the creative possibilities of their own voices by working in individual singing lessons and choir formats. From gospel, to folk songs, and hip-hop to jazz, participants will learn songs from around the world and will explore a wide variety of musical styles including improvisation. This lab will be taught by Carmina Escobar and Erinn Horton, graduate students from the CalArts School of Music.

Creative Writing Lab: Whether we’re text messaging our friends, or writing someone a letter, glancing at billboards along the freeway or noticing graffiti on a light post, we constantly interact with and use writing and language in our daily lives. We use words, images, sounds and gestures to express who we are and learn about others. In this creative writing workshop we will use language in its many forms to take a fresh look at the world(s) we live in and perhaps to discover or create new ones. In a series of writing experiments, such as poetry, twittering, and others we will explore stories and voices from our families, neighborhoods and beyond while listening closely to our own distinct voices in the world. This lab will be taught by writer Carribean Fragoza.

Public Art Lab: Posters, monuments, “street” and “urban” art, interactive performance… these are all forms of expression and creativity that take place on the public stage for all to see. Participants in this workshop will learn about art in public spaces and explore the impact of art on the culture and well-being of our communities. Through Skype web-sessions we will connect with artists and youth from around the globe. Participants will work on the creation of collaborative public art projects using video, sound, recycled materials, art tools and other diverse media. This lab will be taught by artist Evelyn Serrano with CalArts School of Art student Megan Broughton.

NOMAB lab workshops will meet on Saturday mornings.
Dates: February 27-May 1, 2010, 4-6pm

Participants will showcase the work created in the NOMAD LAB workshops on May 1st, 2010 at the second annual Valle del Oro Neighborhood Festival.

NOMAD LAB workshops will meet in the NOMAD LAB space, located directly above The Village Apartments Leasing Office.

Fill out the attached application and turn it in or mail it to:
The Village Apartments Leasing Office
Attention: Evelyn Serrano/ NOMAD LAB
23700 Valle Del Oro, Newhall, CA 91321-3167.

Application deadline is JANUARY 22, 2010
NOMAD LAB is a free program. Applicants may sign up for one lab at a time. Program space is limited and applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Participants must live in The Village Apartments, the Terrace Apartments or The Vistas Condominiums and commit to attend all 10 sessions of the program. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 1st via phone and mail.

For further information about NOMAD LAB please contact the NOMAD LAB Program Coordinator Evelyn Serrano at (661) 755-6974 or via email at Se habla espaƱol.