Founded in San Francisco’s predominantly Latino Mission District in 1994, Loco Bloco Dance and Drumming Ensemble (Loco Bloco) provides free after-school drumming, dance, theater and circus arts classes to 500 kids aged 4-18 annually. Led by a 26 year old Executive Director who learned percussion and leadership skills as a teenager through Loco Bloco’s Teen Ensemble, the company presents year round concerts, performs before thousands each year at San Francisco’s most prominent parades (Carnival and Pride) and programs a cultural youth exchange connecting local youth with young artists in countries throughout Latin America. A third of the kids Loco Bloco works with come from families making less than $20,000 a year, half are children of immigrants and two-thirds speak a language other than English at home. Forty-five percent are African American and forty percent are Latino; half the audience for Loco Bloco’s public performances is under 25. These young people of color engage in Loco Bloco’s programming because the company’s artist-instructors teach traditional African and Latino music and dance by integrating it with contemporary art forms such as reggae and hip-hop. By blending traditional and contemporary art forms, through its arts education programs and by virtue of its free programming support for Loco Bloco promotes each of the major objectives of the performing arts program. Because tuition and most performances are free, however, Loco Bloco supports its $400,000 annual budget primarily through private and government grants and will, with a first time general operating support, grow its board, and increase its individual fundraising efforts.
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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.