This is an Intergenerational Dialogue and “Living Arts” workshop on “Safety and Justice” with Permaculture Expert Paulina Truong (Founder of A Backyard Forest), Youth Ambassador/Lead Artist George Combs and Compassionate Peace Officer Michelle White.
The community will learn about composting, and take home plants plotted with rich “Black Gold” compost. At the end of the workshop, folks will have a chance to decorate/personalize the plants’ pots!
Felecia Lenee, better know as Fe Love to her fans, she is on the Leadership Teams for CompassionateCalifornia.org, Emerging Arts Leaders/ Los Angeles and co- founder of the Compassionate ARTS IN ACTION. She works as the Youth Program Director and Creative Strategist for the national project, Posts for Peace and Justice. Fe Love is the host and creator of the Artist Eclectic pLAygROUND, a “pop-up” event space that supports new as well as established artists and innovative entrepreneurs primarily in the Pasadena and Greater Los Angeles area. She Felecia has a B.F.A. from CALARTS where she trained as an actress. Her goals are to support youth, with a focus on health, public safety and social and environmental justice. Felecia's recent public appearances highlighting youth include: March for Our Lives, Los Angeles, CA; Youth Action Summit, Memphis, TN, the U.S. Human Rights Network National Conference, Atlanta, GA. and the 26th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act, at the White House. Felecia Lenee is a healer and a certified massage therapist with a concentration on energy balancing. She has been in 16 films, has over 25 years of performing live on stage as a host and entertainer and in several podcasts promoting racial, gender equality and justice for all.
Paulina Truong is a Vietnamese environmentalist and artist from Monterey Park. She has provided years of experience in the art department on independent films, commercials, tv shows, music videos, photoshoots, and festivals. Recently, Paulina’s created a project, “ A Backyard Forest,” to help teach and host demonstrations on how to design sustainable natural living ecosystems for humans to maintain effortlessly. In other words, her goal is to help make gardening and farming accessible to everyone , by teaching them how to be a “Lazy Farmer.” Paulina loves to share the benefits of composting, with her soil, she proudly calls “Black Gold.” Paulina is a graduate of Cal State Polytechnic with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, and currently she is pursuing her certification in Permaculture.
George Combs Jr. is a recent graduate of Pasadena High School, class of 2019. In high school he played basketball and football, while participating in the Visual Arts and Design Academy at Pasadena High School. George has been a Youth Ambassador of Compassionate Arts since 2015, facilitating “ compassionate conversations” and creative collaborative art with the community and law enforcement in Pasadena, Los Angeles and Sacramento. He also enjoys working in the community at special events and festivals with the Armory Center for the Arts and Artistic Art Journeys.
Organized by artist Felecia “Fe Love” Lenee Williams, “A Compassionate Cure to Climate Chaos” is the third project in “Nourished” . “Nourished” is a curatorial project inspired by Dominique Moody’s “Our Garden of Dreams,” a mobile community garden completed at the end of 2018. Artists and culture workers were asked to engage with the theme of nourishment over the course of a one month residency culminating in workshops and an exhibition of work intended to nourish the body, creativity, nature, identity, and community.