Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
For the past twenty years, Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble has served mostly low-income children and youth of color in and around San Francisco’s historic Mission District, through Afro-Latino music, dance, drumming, theater, and stilt-walking rooted in the Carnaval traditions of Brazil and the Caribbean. Loco Bloco’s programming fosters youths’ physical, mental, and spiritual evolution, developing the life skills necessary to make better choices in school and relationships, to think critically and creatively, problem-solve, adapt to diverse situations, collaborate with others, practice self-discipline, and set meaningful goals. Funding for this dynamic group would allow Loco Bloco to focus more intentionally on its youth/family curriculum, track the impacts of the program over time, create an alumni network, and strengthen its organizational capacities.
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3543 Eighteenth Street, Suite 20, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1600, United States
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for general operating support  
Each year, Loco Bloco Dance and Drumming Ensemble provides free after-school drumming, dance, theater, and circus arts classes to 500 low-income, minority, and immigrant youth aged five to eighteen. By integrating traditional African and Latino music and dance with contemporary art forms such as reggae and hip-hop, the organization draws a diverse group of young people who are primarily youth of color; half the audience for Loco Bloco’s public performances is under the age of twenty-five. The company produces and performs at concerts and community events throughout the year, reaching thousands at San Francisco’s most prominent parades, Carnaval and Pride.
for general operating support  
For more than 20 years, Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble has served low-income children and youth of color in and around San Francisco's historic Mission District. With pedagogy based in the creation and performance of music, theater, and dance rooted in Afro-Latino traditions, the organization annually engages more than 700 youth in arts education programs at neighborhood schools and community centers. Carnaval parade and staged performances reach an additional 30,000 audience members each year. Funding for this organization will support ongoing curriculum and program development to promote youths' healthy transition into adulthood.

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