Emeka Simmons

“You are an artist, no matter how often you make art or how much you make from it.”   Los Angeles-based Artist and Educator Emeka Simmons has been honing his teaching skills since 2012. Originally an athlete turned dancer, Simmons takes the disciplines and skills he has developed into the classes and workshops he facilitates....

Make Paper Dollhouses

This project is inspired by Magic Trash: The Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art. You've seen what kids at reDiscover Center can do with upcycled materials, but have you seen what a whole town can do? Tyree Guyton reclaims Detroit's crumbling communities using art. Find this book at our Chill Zone on your next...

Create “Perfect” Circles

This project is inspired by CLASSIFIED: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer. Have you heard of the iconic Mary Golda Ross? She started as an enthusiastic scholar and grew to become an advocate for native women growing into STEM careers. The best part is she's really good at her job as...

Express the void within

This project was inspired by The Void, written by Anna Llenas. The Void is a storybook about a young girl named Julia, who one day discovers a void in herself. She goes through life in collaged and creative reuse imagery trying to find something, ANYTHING, to fill it. Watch the animated adaptation of the Void...

Make Pom-Poms

This project was inspired by Be Amazing, written by Desmond is Amazing  @DesmondisAmazing and illustrated by Dylan Glynn @dylanglynn.mov. Be Amazing tells the history of Pride in the United States. The author, Desmond is Amazing, explains why Pride is important for everyone: "Pride is a feeling of honor and self-respect. It is the feeling of...

Map Out Your Community

This project was inspired by Paletero Man, written by Lucky Diaz @theluckyband_ and illustrated by Micah Player @micahplayer. Paletero Man tells the story of a young boy who frolics down the city of Los Angeles on a hot summer day in search of Paletero Jose for an icy treat. On his way, he comes across many...

Make Cardboard Planes with Slot Construction

This project was inspired by The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee, written by Julie Leung @jleungbooks  and illustrated by Julie Kwon @kwon__julie. This book tells the story of an Asian American pilot named Hazel Ying Lee who overcame racial prejudice and gender discrimination to do what she loved most: to fly. Hazel Ying Lee...

Make Paper Sculptures

This project was inspired by A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa, written and illustrated by Andrea D'Aquino. A Life Made by Hand is a book following the life of Bay Area Artist and Arts Ed Activist, Ruth Asawa. With beautiful, handmade imagery, we can immerse ourselves in Asawa’s mind and the...

Make a Story Mobile – Hidden Figures

February is Black History Month, so this month’s book features “Hidden Figures,” written by Margot Lee Shetterly. The inspiring story is about four black women who helped NASA launch men to space. They overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career. The picture book version was illustrated by Laura Freeman....

Boxitecture Design

This project was inspired by Boxitects, written and illustrated by Kim Smith. Boxitects is a picture book about a young brilliant Boxitect named Meg who creates extraordinary things out of ordinary cardboard boxes, with a twist: learning to work with others. In this activity, we will be creating from this prompt inspired by the book:...

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