From the outside, the beige warehouse resembles many of the manufacturing buildings on Adelaide Street in Thousand Palms.
But inside an unfamiliar building on a Saturday morning earlier this month, the Music Changing Lives headquarters hosted the group's first "Art Speaks" exhibition in the Coachella Valley.
The brainchild of 42-year-old Josiah Bruny, who grew up in Los Angeles and then the Inland Empire, Music Changing Lives is an organization dedicated to providing music, arts and tutoring programs in public schools and community centers. California, with a growing awareness of the importance of enrichment programs as part of each child's education and inclusive lifestyle.
With a DJ playing in the background in the gallery gallery, a showrunner who had brought her mother caught Bruni's eye.
As she wandered through the gallery looking at the small works of art surrounded by dozens of wall panels, Bruni noticed that the mother was holding back tears looking at her daughter's work, realizing that she had somehow fulfilled a dream. He had the opportunity to follow his passion in a big way.
“You really do have a curse breaker from generation to generation,” Bruni said, reflecting on the experience.
At the time, he saw little of himself and his mother, who raised him as a single parent, struggled to get what he wanted.
From a very young age, Bruni dreamed of a way to break into the music industry. By age 13, he was handing out flyers for shows and had connections strong enough to work with big names like Ice Cube and Master P by the time he graduated from high school.
It seemed so, but I was beginning to see what the industry was really like. He started seeing artists promoting harmful themes and stereotypes in hip-hop and knew he had to come out.
Bruni noted the power imbalance early on, and said it was his persistence that allowed him to escape and achieve musical success in his own way. From that moment on, his perspective changed and he realized that he had to make a difference.
Bruni said of the art world in general, "It's called the pinnacle world, where you praise the wrong people, and most of the people who 'win' are part of the problem we're being asked to solve…because they have benefited from the racial differences that separate people and are also barriers to art and music in school.
He has always believed in the importance of creative expression in youth development. Seeing the world around him, Bruni grew up believing that you could be a talented athlete, rapper or gang member. He rejected it in his life and now he ensures that children and young people do not know it either.
"If you don't have a child doing something creative, I guarantee you that they will find someone negative and force them to do something negative," Bruni said.
Bruni founded Music Changing Lives in 1998 when he graduated from Fontana High School and began selling CDs of his music with the promise that the proceeds from each sale would help build a studio to teach kids how to work in the music industry. .
A few years later, he built a studio in his basement, but it quickly outgrew it, and with the help of his mentor, he found a way to move his business from downtown Redlands to a local community center. Between school programs, community center programs, events, and even a community garden in San Bernardino, he has made his mark on the inner empire. And now he has finally reached the desert, a goal he has always maintained.
The closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic has blocked access to community centers and schools in Brunei. There was a new need to rely less on public space and build a base.
With this time and need in mind, Elliott Lewis, founder and CEO of Catalyst Cares (the self-described philanthropic and ethical arm of cannabis retailer Catalyst Cannabis Co.), opened a warehouse that had been empty for years in thousands of Palms. . . On December 24, 2021, Music Changing Lives received the keys to a new site and officially moved to the Coachella Valley.
More than a decade ago, after seeing children's reactions to a mural he was commissioned to paint at the Redlands Community Center, Bruni created another focal point. Although the name was not officially changed, Music Changing Lives became "Art Changing Lives". Film, fashion, web design, drawing and writing – any creative expression can change life for the better in Bruni's eyes.
grow through art
It's a big deal for Indian spray artist Jessica Oakes-Lopez.
Lopez, 35, grew up in the Inland Empire and discovered art at a young age. He began drawing and caricatures as a child, but was drawn to aerial drawing at the age of fifteen when his cousin introduced him to the world of graffiti.
For him, it goes beyond creative expression. He, like many artists, found a new sense of confidence as he progressed.
"It was a struggle for me," Lopez said of her balance between creative freedom and perfection. But he says he's peaking these days after really finding himself as an artist.
"The power of art comes from within," López said. "It comes from him. It comes from the experience. It comes from the people who surround you and support you."
While Lopez feels very blessed in his life with his wife and 10-year-old twin daughters, he says he can't imagine what a difference it would have made to his education if he had received the guidance that Music Changing Lives aims to provide.
"But now that I've met him, it happened for a reason," he said. "Maybe I wasn't ready then, maybe I should have been as an adult."
Lopez participated in Music Changing Live a few months ago and is willing to provide guidance and help artists perform at their best. Lopez is happy to work with what he sees as a cohesive team built on community and love.
According to him, Bruni is a natural leader and organizer. He is busy, he knows what he wants and he makes it happen, but he does not participate in the confession.
"His photos, he has a whole army to show you who he is," Lopez said. "But he is never flexible, he is a man of action."
It seems to be a knack for finding ways to serve talent, volunteers, and others while serving their communities.
"If you can teach someone to take what they have and turn it into a profitable situation, you are that golden ring for them," Bruni said. "So Music Changing Lives is a wellness center that wants to heal first, and then we want to teach health, fitness, self-actualization, and most of all, sustainability."
Such was the case with Franklin 'FaBz' Barnes.
Barnes, 28, was born in Riverside and moved to the Inland Empire. He grew up with a love for R&B inherited from his father. Names like The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, and Al Green were a big part of his childhood dream of becoming a musician. But his biggest opportunity came during the fight.
Around the age of sixteen, she struggled at home, suffered from years of depression, and received help through mental health services. The caseworker introduced Burns to Bruni, and she immediately joined the first class of music students who changed lives.
"As an artist, Music Changing Lives has helped me tremendously," said Barnes. "There were so many different elements that influenced me and who I wanted to be."
While the show helped Barnes grow as an R&B artist, the real help came with his personal growth. It helped him calm down and focus on himself at a time in his life when he didn't think he would live past 18. Bruni has become like a brother to him, guiding him in more ways than just music.
"The way life shapes young people now is by making them believe that they can do everything for themselves," Barnes said. “The music that changed my life apart from God helped me come back to reality and realize that I needed help.”
It was a success.
Now living in Phoenix, Barnes is the founder of his own independent record label, FaBz Productions LLC, and blends R&B and gospel music influences into his sound. He is also building another brand and media company with his sponsor.
"He is still my biggest mentor," Barnes said of Bruni. "The sky is the limit."
Bruni wants equal opportunities for everyone. He believes in the idea of brochures rather than reaching out and letting people control his creative vision.
"As a member of the California Arts Council, I hope that all of our 40 million residents have access to some form of art, especially in underserved communities," Bruni said.
Access to the arts is central to the world of Brunei. It acknowledges the disparity between those who learn, experience and even benefit from art and those who often do not.
In the 2019-20 school year, an SRI Education survey found that only 14 percent of low-income high schools in California offered at least one course in one of the four arts mandated by state policy (dance, music , theater and fine arts). ) ) audiovisual) compared to 32% in well-off schools.
For Bruni, this is an important part of the war. Not only does this prevent children from finding love in art, but it also contributes to low-income communities' struggle for representation in the arts, as Bruni believes it tells stories and tells their stories.
Bruni's mission is not only to introduce children to the arts and encourage their creative expression, but also to ensure they know how they can use the arts to earn money or enrich their communities and lives.
The creative economy, according to a 2022 study by the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, created 1.37 million jobs in California in 2020 and was a market valued at $687.6 billion, about 12% of the gross regional product of the state.
"How can I touch it?" Bruno asks. "I'm struggling a bit."
Part of the frustration for Bruni and the artists he works with is that they feel they are fighting against a system that doesn't want to fund them.
A 2021 study by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, in conjunction with the Claremont Graduate School Center for Arts and Business, found that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) art managers in Los Angeles County they constituted 35% of payers. less than their white counterparts.
Bruni asks if a venture capitalist can find millions of dollars for an idea, how much would an artist be worth?
While many art galleries charge artists for gallery space, Bruni wants to give artists free use of his space so they can display and sell their work to the public.
"It's an escape for people who can't pay their rent," Bruni said, explaining the difference between her new home and other art spaces or community centers. Imagine the space being used for teen nights, car shows, art shows, drag shows, and a variety of other events, all safe and harmless to the community.
For Bruni, the space is headquarters, training center, equipment storage and event space. Music changes lives, it is a place of growth.
কোচেল্লা ভ্যালিতে খোলার সময় আপনার কেমন লেগেছিল জানতে চাইলে ব্রুনি, "আমরা করেছি তার জন্য আমি ও বিস্মিত।" এটি আমার বাইরে এবং এটি শিল্পীদের বাইরে: এটি সম্প্রদায় […] আমরা সত্যিই একসাথে কাজ করার জন্য অপেক্ষা করছিলাম, এবং এটিই সম্পদকে উপনিবেশিত করে।"
যদিও সংস্থাটির স্বেচ্ছাসেবক, দাতা, অফিস আসবাবপত্র এবং সরঞ্জামের প্রয়োজন, ব্রুনি তার দল পর্যন্ত যা তৈরি করতে সহায়তা করেছে জন্য গর্বিত এবং সম্প্রদায়ের সদস্য এবং তার পরিবারের সমর্থনের সমর্থনের জন্য কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ।।।।।।।। কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ কৃতজ্ঞ
"এভাবে হিপ-হপ শিল্পের জন্য একটি ছেলে এবং মেয়েদের ক্লাব উঠেছে," ব্রুনি হাসি দিয়ে যোগ করেছেন।।
এই নিবন্ধটি পাম স্প্রিংস ডেজার্ট সান-এ হয়েছিল: জোসিয়াহ ব্রুনি তরুণদের সৃজনশীলতাকে অনুপ্রাণিত করতে সঙ্গীতের জীবন পরিবর্তন করতে শুরু করে