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September 25, 2019 @ 1:01 pm

Changing the Narrative Pacoima ep. 2: Create! with Muralist Levi Ponce

Research for Changing the Narrative Pacoima continues! International muralist and Pacoima homey Levi Ponce dropped by to visit our podcasters at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center to share his artistic journey to fame, fortune, and happiness (hint- it has to do with doing what you love and sharing the joy of your talents to uplift your community). After Levi's presentation of past, present and future murals, first-time podcasters Agueda de Santiago and Aiden Robles Mares lead the group Q & A. Turns out Levi is quite comfortable in the "hot seat" and even turned the tables by grabbing the mic and interviewing Agueda about her art! Always lighthearted and fun, he manages to dive deep. Levi is a dynamic artist in every medium, including this one! 

Changing the Narrative Pacoima is supported in part by a generous grant from the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at 

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  Changing the Narrative is Produced by Betsy Foldes Meiman

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September 18, 2019 @ 4:56 pm

Changing the Narrative-Pacoima episode 1: Lead!

TaDa! And just like that, the very first episode of Changing the Narrative Pacoima happened! Assembly Member, 39th district, Luz Rivas came to visit us at Vaughn Next Century Learning Institute. The podcasters were prepared with new tech and interview skills, preliminary research, and most importantly-QUESTIONS!

Assembly Member Rivas shared her Pacoima upbringing with a Single Mom (yes caps it's a career), her education journey from Pacoima public schools to MIT and Harvard, her advocacy as a non-profit founder of DIY Girls, and her rise to elected official of her hometown district. (Sheesh-Inspiration much?!)

After an informative introduction by Cesar Rosales and Angel Ponce, she answered a  barrage of questions prepared by the class and hosted here by first-time podcasters Ralphie Miranda, Jessica Esparza, with help from Jenrry Gonzalez-Vargas, Leilah Ortega, Valerie Garcia. 


Changing the Narrative is made possible by a generous grant from The California Arts Council, a state agency. To learn more go to Thank you!

Changing the Narrative- Pacoima is produced by Betsy Foldes Meiman

Changing the Narrative curriculum created by Andrea Lopez, BFM, with guest teachers Daniel P. Castillo, and Joe Foldes.

 Changing the Narrative is Produced by Betsy Foldes Meiman




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