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Education Through Music-Los Angeles Partners with Griffith Observatory

(L-R) Justin Hurwitz, Olivia Hamilton, Damien Chazelle and Victoria Lanier attend the Education Through Music-Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory special screening of 'First Man' at Griffith Observatory on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

By: E.M. Fredric

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/03/18Education Through Music-Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory have teamed up to promote STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) initiatives in education in order to provide disadvantaged youth with equitable opportunities to develop skills and knowledge needed to be successful, creative innovators for the 21st Century.

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(L-R) Victoria Lanier, Damien Chazelle, Justin Hurwitz, Olivia Hamilton and Ann Marie Bedtke attend the Education Through Music-Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory special screening of ‘First Man’ at Griffith Observatory on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

The launch of this pivotal partnership between Education Through Music-Los Angeles and
the Griffith Observatory (Friends of the Observatory were on hand) coincided with the exploration of space through a screening of the film First Man last Thursday, November 29th to benefit both Griffith Observatory’s regional education programs and Education Through Music-LA’s music instruction programs in disadvantaged schools across Los Angeles County.

Sponsored by Universal Pictures, the event kicked off with a screening of First Man in the 180-seat Leonard Nimoy Horizon Theatre at the Observatory.

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Olivia Hamilton attends the Education Through Music-Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory special screening of ‘First Man’ at Griffith Observatory on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

A Q&A panel followed, featuring First Man filmmakers including Composer Justin Hurwitz, Director Damien Chazelle, and Actress Olivia Hamilton, along with a dessert reception.

 

Education Through Music-LA (Photo by EM Fredric)

About Education Through Music-Los Angeles: Education Through Music-LA believes all children deserve a well-rounded education that includes music and the arts. Its mission is to promote and provide music as a core subject in disadvantaged schools in order to enhance student achievement and their creative & overall development. Founded in 2006, ETM-LA has grown from serving 800 children and two schools to serving 36 schools and approximately 15,000 Los Angeles children in such communities as Boyle Heights, Burbank, Canoga Park, Compton, Chinatown, Downtown, East LA, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Central, and the West Side. www.etmla.org

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Griffith Observatory at Night (Photo by EM Fredric)

About Griffith Observatory: Soon after opening in 1935, Griffith Observatory initiated one of the first school visit programs in the region. Generations of Los Angeles-area students made the pilgrimage in buses up Mount Hollywood for an experience under the stars. Since the reopening of the renovated Observatory in late 2006, over 290,000 fifth-grade students and 32,000 teachers and chaperones from 4,300 schools around the region have participated in the Observatory’s School Program. http://www.griffithobservatory.org

 

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