Projects

LAVAArts – LOS ANGELES VOCATIONAL ACADEMY of the ARTS

Summer Camp opens in June 2014, Regular classes start in September 2014.

 LAVAArs VOOCATIONAL PROJECT 2014 – DOCUMENTARY TOPANGA

TOPANGA:  A Documentary about Discovering the Art of Connection

Production phase begin at in June 2014 at the LAVAArts’ Film and TV Summer Camp.

BECOMING REGIONAL CENTER’ VENDOR OF INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES

DIU (aka ASIS) is working towards becoming a vendor for Supported and Independent Living Services with the North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) and other Regional Centers.
Status: In progress.

DOCUFILM – “BEAUTIFUL (2013)”

During DIU’s “Match A Friend” workshops, a group of young adults with and without autism joined together as friends learning the art of presence, focus, confidence, integrity and connection as the components of a true sense of self through the legacy of the unparalleled system of dance called Ballet. Filming started at the April 2013. Screening of workshops took place during the Autism Awareness Week in Santa Monica on April 26-27, 2013 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse.
Status: Post-production.

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“MATCH A FRIEND”  – Discovering the Art of Connection

“Match A Friend” provides a new, fresh and unique perspective working with both autistic and non-autistic young adults, teaching them how to connect through music and movements through our Social Integration Workshops. Young people are selected based on their interests and personality. Together they will learn the Art of Connection which will enable them to creatively participate in the community. We are using “Match A Fried” approach in all our projects and programs.

Status: On-going

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DOCUFILM – “THROUGH THE HEART OF TANGO”

Status: Completed

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BOOK – “THE PUZZLE OF THE TALL TOWER”

Status: getting ready to be published

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH:
Bringing communities together through inspiring events and educational workshops.

Social Integration Workshops
DIU provides workshops in cooperation with “Empower Autism Now” in Claremont, CA

Magic of Tango:
Argentine Tango classes for adults to improve health and quality of life:
As a part of our mission to enrich the community, DIU in association with the non-profit Unity in Diversity Arts Foundation (UIDArts.org) offered the program “Magic of Tango” in West Hollywood where Elena Alexandra created a series of workshops (lectures, exhibitions, and wrote a series of educational articles) for adults to improve health and quality of life. The program started in May 2009 and will sooon celebrate its’s 3rd year anniversary.