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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tony Luna Creative- Update 8-14-11

Here is a synopsis of what is new in this Update. Read below for the rest of the story:

- The Summer "SchmoozeFest" is just a week and a half away, Thursday, August 25...
- Registration for all three "Crafting a Meaningful Career" classes begins tomorrow August 15, so be the first in line sign up before the classes fill up!...
- Tony Luna will be delivering a lecture titled "Exploring Creative Job Opportunities During Challenging Times" on August 24, for The Actors Fund (SAG-AFTRA)...
- Maria Piscopo, Creative Consultant, Lecturer and Author will be conducting a two-part Business and Marketing Workshop on August 20...
- Film Documentarian Erin Kelly announces her program to help international students spend time learning in the United States...
- Alex Koddrip, a photographer based in Switzerland, sends his thoughts on "How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career"...
- Photographer and Falconer Vahe D'Ala announces the release of photos from his book, "Armenia"...
- Human Resources Generalist, Anna Berkal, from the Art Center College of Design, sends in information on nine job openings...
- Educator and Scientist Joan Horvath passes along information on a Caltech project which is looking for K-12 teachers...
- Soren Petersen, PhD, Engineer, Automotive Designer and Design Researcher invites interested parties to participate in the latest design research for the improved integration of business and design...



- SchmoozeFest!- The Summer SchmoozeFest presentation and networking event will be Thursday, August 25, 7:00 pm, at the Art Center College of Design-South Campus, 950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, Ca. We look forward to all of you creative professionals to bring an example of the work you LOVE creating and then you will have ten minutes to talk about your work before we open the session up to a networking event.

- Registration for the Art Center at Night fall term begins August 15! Don't wait to the last moment to sign up for our life enhancing "Crafting a Meaningful Career" class, or any of the other incredibly valuable classes offered. Avoid late registration fee by registering before September 12.

- Here's a listing of the CMC classes:
"Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One, Discovering the Dream" will run from Tuesday, September 13 to Tuesday, December 13.
"Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part Two, Forming the Dream" will start Thursday, September 15 and run for six weeks to Thursday, October 20.
"Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part Three, Fulfilling the Dream" begins Thursday, November 3 for six weeks and ends Thursday, December 8.

For more information about these and other classes you may call Art Center at Night at 626-396-2319, or you may go to their web site at
And you can always call Tony Luna directly for information at 818-84205490.

- Tony Luna will be delivering a lecture titled, "Exploring Creative Job Opportunities During Challenging Times," August 25 (notice the date change from the 24th. to the 25.), 3:30-5:30 P.M. This lecture will be for members of The Actors Fund, a national human services provided by SAG and AFTRA which "...helps professionals in the performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition." The lecture will focus on some of the techniques Tony Luna utilizes to help mid-career professionals to rediscover new job opportunities and to lead more meaningful lives. Thanks to Joanne Webb, Career Counselor, for arranging for this entertaining and enlightening presentation. The Actors Fund is located at 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #400, Los Angeles, CA.


- From Maria Piscopo, Creative Consultant, Lecturer, and Author on Business and Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs-
Would you help me spread the word for my upcoming workshops sponsored by Calumet/Los Angeles store on August 20th? This is a two-part Business and Marketing Workshop…for registration information, here are the Calumet web site Event links, and or call 1.800.CALUMET (225.8638)
Hope you are having a wonderful summer!
Thanks in advance, Maria Piscopo


- From Erin Kelly, Film Documentarian-
Dear Family and Friends, I’ve always had a passion for international travel, education and learning about other cultures, as you probably already know. From my own study-abroad experience in Chile, and other globe-trotting adventures, I know first-hand how incredible and life-changing it is to live in another country, learn another language, and experience life from an entirely new perspective. Now I have the opportunity of passing that gift forward, by helping international high school students spend a semester or academic year here in the US.

I would really appreciate it if you would consider helping me in my efforts, through any of these things:
- Host an international student! Of course, this is not a commitment that I take lightly…and I know it’s not for everyone. But, it truly is a life-changing experience for you, your family, your community and the student. Most host families will say that by the end of the experience, they feel that they have gained a family member for life. I am still in touch with my host family in Chile and I can honestly say that my host family was the most important and most incredible part of my entire study abroad experience. (Quick note: we would need to check with your local High School to be sure that they are willing to accept the exchange student.)

- Ask your friends/family if they would consider hosting a student!
- School contacts? If you know anyone that works for, with, or volunteers at a local high school or school board, I’d love to find out if their school would accept an exchange student!
- Pass along this message to your friends and family to see if they might be interested!

My organization, the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI), places students everywhere in the US (yes, even in Hawaii and Alaska!) Feel free to spread this message far and wide! We have so many incredible students, from 55+ countries, and each and every one of them is so excited to become part of an American family. Just as our students are varied, so are the hosts…married, single, children, no children, retired, same sex couples, etc.

Please contact me anytime if you’d like to learn more. You can also visit the CCI website for more info and to look at bios of students that are coming on our program. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read this. I believe that if everyone had the opportunity to experience life in another country, this world would be a much more understanding & cooperative place…and that’s something I’m willing to work for! :)

Much love and thanks,


P.S. You don't have to take my word for it, watch these host family videos...
Erin Kelly
m. 973.769.6478
The Center for Cultural Interchange web site:


- From Alex Koddrip, International Photographer now based in Switzerland-
Dear Tony, I just would like to sincerely thank you for the book "How To Grow As A Photographer" - what an amazing inspiration it was for me! Your words made me realize a great deal about myself as a photo-artist, and actually pushed me to experiment, practice, create, and share!
Thank you so much!!



(Editors Note: Sorry for the late insertion but it was necessary to acknowledge Vahe's accomplishments even though the event has passed.)
- From Vahe D'Ala, Photographer and Falconer- Hello Friends, Attached, please find the detailed information about my upcoming photo exhibit of images from my "A Journey to Armenia" book Project. Thank you for your kind support in advance! I hope you enjoy the work, unfortunately I will not be able to attend due to my work schedule in Central CA.
Vahe D'Ala

Los Angeles has a Passion for Compassion: A Benefit for the Real Medicine Foundation. August 7th 2011
“A Journey to Armenia”
Through the eyes of renowned Armenian photographers: Sara Anjargolian and Vahe D’Ala

WHAT: Proceeds will benefit Real Medicine Foundation's efforts in Shinuhayr, Armenia and its surrounding seven villages dedicated to child-maternal health, childhood vaccinations, ambulance services, and assistance to aiding children facing severe health crisis. The Shinuhayr primary care clinic provides free medical, preventative and public health services to a community of 8,000 within the Syunik region where 90% of the population are living in dire poverty. The prestigious Forbes magazine published a list of the world’s ten worst economies in which Armenia occupies the second place next to Madagascar.

The Real Medicine Foundation provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster and poverty stricken areas IN 16 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE HOMELESS IN Los Angeles. We believe that real medicine is focused on the person as a whole by providing sustained medical/physical, emotional, social and economic support.

WHEN: Sunday, August 7th 2011

WHERE: Gallery 1927 at the Fine Arts Building
811 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90017

6-7 PM
VIP Champagne reception for sponsors

7-9 PM
Photography Exhibition
Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres
Short documentary film screening
Live and silent auction


- From Anna Berkal, Generalist, Human Resources, Art Center College of Design-
We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
* Technical Digital Coordinator-part-time
* Shop Instructor-part-time/on-call
* Assistant Director, Admissions
* Assistant Director, Financial Aid
* Associate Vice President of Development
* Coordinator for Designmatters and Media Design Matters
* Director of Faculty Development
* Software Engineer
* Director of Foundation Relations and Government Grants

For more information about these positions, please contact Human Resources or see details online at

Anna Berkel
Generalist, Human Resources
Art Center College of Design
Tel 626.396.2270 | Fax 626.683.0559


- From Joan Horvath, Art Center, JPL- Dear colleagues: Dr. Luisa Rebull is looking for K-12 teacher participants in her program described below. I thought you might have crossed paths with some good candidates. Please pass along her note as appropriate. I don't know any more about it than described here. Application deadline is September 23.

From Dr. Rebull: Are you, or do you know of, any educators who might be interested in doing authentic astronomical research with NASA data, and who are willing to take three all-reasonable-expenses-paid trips?

NITARP is now accepting applications for 2012. The application site is ready, and you can upload your application any time before Sep 23! NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. We partner small groups of educators with a mentor professional astronomer for an *original* research project. The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program runs January through January. Applications are available *now* and due on September 23.

This program, to the best of our knowledge, is completely unique in the following two important ways: (1) each team does original research using real astronomical data, not canned labs or reproductions of previously done research; (2) each team writes up the results of their research and presents it at an American Astronomical Society meeting (the AAS is the professional organization for astronomers in the US). Each team also presents the educational results of their experience in the program.

Most, but not all, of our educators are grade 8-13; informal educators have participated as well. The kinds of educators we are looking for are those who already know the basics of astronomy, are interested in learning exactly how astronomy research is conducted, and are willing to share their experiences with colleagues and students in their environment. Three all-reasonable-expenses-paid trips are integral to the program!

More information and the application for NITARP for 2012 is now available here:
and our application site is now accepting uploads. Applications are due Sep 23!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at this email or at our central email,

Please pass this along to any educators you feel might be interested.


Dr. Luisa Rebull Research Scientist, Spitzer Science Center
Caltech M/S 220-6 voice 626-395-4565
1200 E. California Blvd. FAX 626-568-0673
Pasadena, CA 91125


- From Soren Ingomar Petersen, PhD, Engineer, Automotive Designer, Design Researcher
Greetings, You are invited to participate in the latest design research for the improved integration of business and design, thus reducing market and execution risk to businesses. Please suggest challenges you think designers can lift. This summer, using agile design research, we conducted design challenges on LinkedIn Groups addressing: Design and Animal Rescue, Peace Design Journalism and Design and Social Change. The findings will be shared this fall.

Concurrently, we launched the book "Profit from Design," the Stanford Design Quantification Lab initiative, and turned our latest research into seven scientific papers as well as articles on the Creative Economy in The Huffington Post. The three latest are:
A new article on Government Leaders And Creativity:

What is Good Design?



Soren Ingomar Petersen, PhD.

ingomar & ingomar - consulting
Los Angeles, Copenhagen
Office: +1 626 441 4862
Cell: +1 626 497 2648


That's it for now.

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Keep creating wonderful art and, as always, stay in touch!



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