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A Christmas Carol 2012

November 2nd, 2012

SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life (AWOL) and The City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs present A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Directed by Jonathan Johnson. The show opens up on November 30, 2012 at 8:00pm with additional show times and dates on December 1st, 7th, 8th and matinee shows at 3:00pm on December 2nd and 9th.

 

A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843, Dickens culled the story from personal childhood experiences along with various Christmas stories. The book is generally considered one of the greatest influences for the restoration of the Christmas holiday and it has never been out of print.The story’s numerous adaptations include opera, ballet, radio plays, audio recordings, films and stage. In less than a year after the book was published as many as 12 theatrical productions were playing in London.

 

Famous for it’s storyline of redemption amid the joy of the Christmas season, ole Scrooge must encounter a visit from the well known ghost of Christmas past, present and future. Known for his albeit frugal nature, Scrooge’s journey back through his life gives both moments of despair and joy as audience members learn the true meaning of Christmas. With a visit from his old business partner, Jacob Marley, prepare to be whisked away on a theatrical Christmas journey filled with special affects, spirited song and dance.

“We are excited to be collaborating with DCA for our first annual Christmas show giving area youth a unique opportunity to work with more seasoned adult actors from the community”, DaVena Jordan, Executive Director

 

The shows Director, Mr. Jonathan Johnson is an Alabama native who has a passion for community and most of all theatre. Jonathan, a recent SCAD graduate first became involved with AWOL through its youth theatre and performing arts program, Act Up!. Jonathan has Directed a wide range of theatrical production to include Ntozke Shange’s For Colored Girls and most recently as a part of his graduate work at SCAD, Before It Hits Home by Cheryl L. West.

 

“I am very excited to be bring such a timeless classic to Savannah as Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. This is one of the many pieces from the British Victorian era that exemplifies themes that resonate with me in my passion for community and simple generosity of spirit, attributes instilled in me from early childhood in Alabama. Savannah has such profound Victorian roots with its beautiful people and alluring historic district, making this the perfect setting to present A Christmas Carol this holiday season”, Jonathan Johnson, director.

 

Through a special partnership with the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights 2012 tickets will also be available on show nights to experience Savannah’s first ever festival of lights with over 50 larger-than-life lighted, holiday-themed displays and millions of sparkling lights of every color under the rainbow. Its rumored that Fezziwig himself, known as a purveyor of life’s finer things, has already made plans to attend this festive occasion! Be on the look out for appearances from the cast of A Christmas Carol at the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights.

 

Show Times: November 30, December 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th at 8:00pm. Matinee Shows: December 2nd and 9th at 3:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and children. For more information visitwww.awolinc.org or call 912-303-4987 or email djordan@awolinc.org.

 

Tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.com

Cast/Enrollment Roster 2012-2013

September 10th, 2012

Congratulations to the following students for making the AWOL All Walks of Life, Inc. 2012-2013 Cast/Enrollment Roster. Please be sure to adhere to the instructions given by your Artist Facilittors for attendance at this years first day of programing, Tuesday 9/18/12 at 6:00pm. SOUND DESIGN students will report to our south-side location at 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. THEATRE students will report back to the SPACE Black Box theater located at 9 West Henry St. Thanks to all of your for coming out and showing your talent. Now let’s make it a GREAT YEAR!

Reminder! Did you pick up the Red Thank You Letter/Information sheet before you left auditions? If not, download it below for information on program fees and fall scheduling.

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Auditions & Enrollment Information

September 5th, 2012

Each year we are always excited to audition and enroll nearly 100+ budding young performers from Savannah and the Coastal Empire. This years annual theater production will unveil a new series of original AWOL works focused on great poets from the past such as Langston Hughs as well as more contemporary wordsmiths like Tupac Shakur. Also, our sound design and music education program will kick off its 7th year of grooming Savannah’s young talented artist into music producers, rappers, and music industry moguls. Check out the flyers below for audition times and dates.

 

 

 

 

 

Open House & Fall Auditions 2012

August 9th, 2012

 

AWOL Announces Open House and Fall Auditions

SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life (AWOL) will host an Open House on Friday, August 31 from 5:00-7:00pm.

Parents, teachers, teens and youth service workers are welcome to attend to find out more about AWOL programs, how to volunteer or sponsor a child in AWOL. AWOL’s offices are located at 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. (Off Mall Blvd., behind Star Castle).

You can expect to get information on Fall Programming, Fall auditions, and volunteer opportunities.

AWOL 2012 Auditions will be held on September 6th and 7th, from 6-9 pm at the Black Box Theater located on 9 West Henry St. Programs are open to youth ages 12-22 and children ages 7-11 interested in acting, singing, writing, dancing, rapping or music recording.

AT&T presents $5000 to AWOL

December 16th, 2011

Savannah, GA – AT&T Georgia will present All Walks of Life (AWOL), Inc. with a $5,000 check on Monday, December 19, at 6:15 PM. The donation will go toward AWOL’s Goon Squad IT Program, which provides hands-on IT training to tweens and teens in Savannah after school and at night.

AWOL’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and non-violence. The Goon Squad IT program is one of AWOL’s most popular programs. Participants learn how to refurbish and recycle old computers, which are then distributed to 100 low-income families in Savannah for home use. Since 2008 the program has diverted more than 35,000 pounds of e-waste from local landfills and provided over 500 low-income families with access to low (or no)-cost computing.

 

Check Presentation Details:

 

WHO: AT&T Georgia will present to AWOL

WHAT: $5,000 check to support Goon Squad IT Program

WHERE: AWOL Offices, 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. (Southside Savannah near Star Castle Arcade)

WHEN: Monday, December 19 at 6:15pm

Attendees will include Kaylyn Padgett, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Georgia, AWOL youth, staff and board members.

For more information about the check presentation, please contact Kaylyn Padgett at 912-651-1351 or DaVena Jordan at 912-704-3812

 

 

AWOL 7th Annual Theater Production

December 6th, 2011

 

MOTIVES 2012 EVENT FLYER

AWOL’s 7th Annual Theater Production

Motives: A Compilation of Shakespearean Tragedies

December 1, 2011 (Savannah, GA.) – AWOL’s youth theater arts program known as, Act Up! is set to stage the final installment in a three-year series of Shakespeare-inspired productions with Motives: A compilation of Shakespearean Tragedies, March 9-10, 2012 at 7:00pm at the City of Savannah’s Johnny Mercer Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. A special school show for middle and high school students will be offered on March 9th at 10:00am. Special school show pricing is available via the organization’s website (www.awolinc.org). 

“This years production brings about an emotional end to my first three years of teaching kids all about Shakespeare at AWOL and each year I have been more impressed with the ability of my students and can’t wait to see them grace the stage to share their talent with the world,” says Lakesha Green, AWOL’s theater arts director.

This year’s production takes a unique look at the subject of mental health through the lens of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Motives is a play within a play that takes place in a mental health facility. A group of artists have been referred to the institution and one psychiatrist is trying to explore the mental state of each patient through the context of Shakespeare and his famous tragedies. But this mental health facility is not the usual, and it soon transforms into a mad house when the tragedies come to life in the minds of the patients. Written and directed by Green, AWOL’s theater arts director, the show is sure to intrigue and delight Savannah theater lovers of all ages.

AWOL’s theater arts programs is one of the most unique arts based youth development programs in the city. Using art as a way to engage youth, AWOL’s program not only provides youth with high quality arts education, participants also gain valuable life skills while developing positive relationships with adult and peer role models. For the past seven years the program has grown and was selected as a finalist in 2010 and 2011 for the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Award which recognizes the program as one of the top 50 youth arts and humanities program in the country.

“As Executive Director, I must say we have been truly blessed to have not just Lakesha, who is a SCAD graduate, but two additional SCAD 2012 MFA candidates students that have been willing to commit their time and valuable knowledge to help expand the minds of our students, Mr. Jonothan Johnson, Assistant Director and D’Antwan Roper, Head Choreographer. They have performed exemplary work and as always these young people are a true testament to AWOL’s unique model of youth development through artist and community mentors,” says Davena Jordan.

Prices: $20 (additional service fees may apply when purchasing online)
Tickets can be purchased online via the AWOL website (www.awolinc.org)
Tickets may also be picked up at AWOL Office located at 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd
Ticket Sale Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-6:30pm
AWOL website: www.awolinc.org

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AWOL Atlanta Announcement

November 14th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2011


Media Contact: DaVena Jordan

404.954.2965

djordan@awolinc.org


Award Winning Youth Program Heads to Atlanta
Grammy Nominated Singer Anthony David
to Announce Plans at 11/16 Concert at CenterStage Atlanta

Atlanta, GA – 11/14/11 – Atlanta’s own grammy nominated singer/songwriter Anthony David announces plans to spearhead an effort to bring a new award winning Savannah based youth arts and technology program to Atlanta. Davids announcement and fundraising kick-off is planned for his upcoming 11/16/11 concert event at CenterStage Atlanta located at 1374 W. Peachtree St. NW at 8:00pm and will also include additional information about the program as well as opportunities to donate or sign up as a volunteer. All donors donating $50 or more will receive an autographed copy of Anthony Davids latest album, As Above So Below.

 

AWOL All Walks of Life, Inc. is an award winning youth development program founded by Tony & DaVena Jordan, from David’s hometown of Savannah, GA. The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of poetry, hip-hop and life. This mission is met by providing youth at-risk with access to high quality youth arts and technology programs during the hours most relevant to them, after school and at night. The program has been nominated to the prestigious National Youth Arts & Humanities Award list of top fifty US based arts and humanities programs both in 2010 and 2011.

 

“I have seen a lot of good social programs that target youth in our community, but by far the work being done in Savannah by AWOL that uses art and media production coupled with artist mentors is the most holistic approach that I have seen, and I really feel that the youth of Atlanta deserve and need this program”, Anthony David.

 

AWOL uses a year long intensive project based learning approach to youth development that also allows the organization to function as a juvenile delinquency prevention program. Since 2003 the organization has encountered hundreds of youth both from modest to the most disadvantaged homes and in every instance AWOL’s unique arts based approach has had a tremendous impact on changing the lives of youth.

 

“We are totally excited about our expansion to Atlanta and hope to be a great addition and resource to other youth serving agencies in the effort to impact teens in a positive way that is both beneficial to the community and most importantly the young people we serve, Tony Jordan, AWOL Founder.

 

Over the past seven years, AWOL has encountered hundreds of Savannah youth with many of them referred by the local juvenile justice system. By the numbers, 80% of youth who complete the AWOL year-long intensive arts and technology training program go on to college, the military or technical school. What’s more is that youth referred by the local court system have a less than 10% recidivism rate after completing the program, proving that art and positive group level mentoring can save lives. In short, AWOL programs encourage respect, creativity, education and most of all non-violence.

 

“We are truly in hopes that the Atlanta artist community will join forces and unite around this worth while effort to provide youth with a safe space where their voice can be heard and their creative potential realized”, DaVena Jordan, AWOL Executive Director.

 

“AWOL not only help to develop me into a leader, the year-round arts programs just kept me so busy, I had no time to even think about going off track with my life. The environment was so family like that Tony “Polo” Jordan has become like my favorite uncle and mentor. I am now on track to graduate from Clark Atlanta University next year and I truly owe part of my life success to my 4-years of participation in AWOL programs, Ciara Campbell, Senior, Clark Atlanta Unversity.

 

Atlanta will be the groups first planned expansion effort with inquiries already coming from Columbia, SC and as far as New Orleans, LA. The group hopes to launch the program in the Atlanta area at the start of the fall 2012-2013 school year. During the development phase the group will need to raise funds for operations, seek out other community partners, local arts groups as well as solicit for volunteer support from community artist that will act as artist facilitators. The main art forms taught by AWOL include theater and performing arts, sound design and music recording, film and digital photography and information technology. Anyone interested in learning more should visit the organizations website at www.awolinc.org or call 404-954-2965.

 

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Anthony David and Ciara Campbell AWOL alumni student and Clark Atlanta senior

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Anthony David and AWOL youth -Savannah site

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ABOUT AWOL:

The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip Hop, and Life. This mission is accomplished by providing youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence. Using the elements of hip hop as a means to promote self-expression and self-respect, AWOL strives to provide troubled youth with an outlet for their creative energy and frustration, empowering them to overcome peer pressure and to make better decisions in their daily lives. What began as a casual gathering of poets, musicians and emcees at Savannah State University in 1997 was incorporated as a non-profit group in September of 2004, a way for Founder/CEO Tony “Polo” Jordan, an emcee and probation officer, to compromise between his love of hip hop and his experiences helping troubled kids. Juxtaposing hip hop culture and positive youth development though various artistic mediums, the organization has become one of Savannah’s premier youth serving organizations. The organization hosts a number of events including: a weekly television show called the Chop Shop, a monthly open mic night (Therapy Session), a conflict resolution workshop, an annual hip hop history play, digital arts education programs involving film and music production (My Block and The P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S.) and the IT program training youth to refurbish used computers.

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Open House & Fall Auditions 2011

August 27th, 2011

AWOL Announces Open House and Fall Auditions

All Walks of Life will host an Open House showcasing Arts and Technology Programs on Sept. 2nd. Open Enrollment for theater arts, music and information technology programs.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life (AWOL) will host an Open House on Friday, September 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm. Parents, teachers, teens and youth service workers are welcome to attend to find out more about AWOL programs, how to volunteer or sponsor a child in AWOL. AWOL’s offices are located at 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. (Off Mall Blvd., behind Star Castle).

“We are excited to be hosting our annual open house event where we welcome everyone to come out and get a bird’s-eye view of how AWOL uses the arts and technology to successfully develop youth” Davena Jordan, AWOL’s Executive Director.

Attendees can expect to get information on everything from enrollment for Fall programming, audition dates, and volunteer opportunities. This year’s open house event will also feature an AWOL tradition – Tony’s famous cajun fried turkey as the featured refreshment!

Auditions for AWOL’s Fall Youth Programs, including music and theater, will be held September 8-9th, from 6-9pm at the Cultural Affairs Department’s S.P.A.C.E. Building (9 W. Henry St.) Programs are open to youth ages 12-22 and children ages 7-11 interested in acting, singing, writing, dancing, rapping or music recording.

This year, the AWOL kids will be wowing Savannah theater goers with a final installment from William Shakespeare entitled, Motives, an original work that features excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s 10 tragedies.

The music program, which is entering its 6th year, will once again challenge a group of young people to write, produce and record an album of original music. The program pairs creative activities with practical lessons about life skills and music history.

AWOL will also be accepting onsite applications for it’s new Comcast Digital Connectors. Comcast Digital Connectors is a nationally-renowned program that was created by Comcast in partnership with One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to underserved communities. The program is free to youth ages 14 to 21, and those who complete the program receive a free laptop computer. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15.

AWOL is proudly sponsored by The City of Savannah, the Chatham County Commission, United Way of the Coastal Empire, The Comcast Foundation and Cricket Wireless.

Comcast Digital Connectors Program

August 16th, 2011

Groundbreaking Program Provides Technology and Mentoring for Under-served Youth 

SAVANNAH, GA – August 10, 2011—AWOL All Walks of Life, Inc. announced today the launch of a youth technology and mentoring program in Savannah, Ga. called Comcast Digital Connectors. Comcast Digital Connectors is a nationally-renowned program that was created by Comcast in partnership with One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to underserved communities. The program is free to youth ages 14 to 21, and those who complete the program receive a free laptop computer. Applications will be accepted Aug. 15 through Sept. 15, with on site enrollment available Sept. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at AWOL’s Open House event.

AWOL All Walks of Life Inc. will provide resources and recruit area youth to participate in this unique opportunity. “Our youth cannot compete in today’s workforce without access to technology and information,” said DaVena Jordan of AWOL All Walks of Life Inc. “We are pleased to work with One Economy in making sure we are continuing to empower our youth with the tools they will need to become future leaders of this country.”

“The Digital Connectors program is both an exciting and extremely important initiative for Comcast and the Comcast Foundation. Developing digital literacy skills in young people is essential to their future and to the future of the nation’s workforce,” said Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President David L. Cohen. “Along with digital education, these young people from diverse, low-income communities experience a unique opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of others by cultivating leadership skills, impacting their neighborhoods through community service and preparing for their bright futures.”
Comcast powers dreams in the communities it serve by providing access to innovative technology, volunteering time, giving financial support and partnering with organizations to make communities stronger. The company focuses its community investment initiatives on building tomorrow’s leaders, promoting community service and expanding digital literacy. Since 2001, it has provided $1.8 billion in cash and in-kind support to national and local non-profit organizations in 39 states and Washington D.C. The company has made a $1.2 million commitment to sponsor the Digital Connectors program for three years, beginning in 2009.

In Georgia, Comcast last year employed nearly 4,500 workers and provided over $20.6 million in charitable funding, and about $1.3 million in courtesy services to libraries, municipal buildings, and schools. Comcast Digital Connectors seeks students ages 14 to 21 who might not otherwise have access to services that will prepare them for the 21st century workforce. The Digital Connectors curriculum covers everything from leadership skills and personal development to software programming and media production. The program also supports community development. A major program requirement is for participants to give back to their community by training family members and residents on how to use technology effectively. “Young people are ready to embrace the ever-changing technology that is shaping our world. It will be those young people who will leverage that technology to improve their lives and their communities,”said Kelley Dunne, CEO of One Economy. “The Digital Connectors program has empowered workplace leaders and caring stewards of our communities. Together, these youth are creating a lasting culture of technology use and broadband adoption across the United States.”

Launched in Washington DC, with 15 young women from Columbia Heights, the program today has partners in rural and urban areas across the country. Thousands of Digital Connectors have provided tens of thousands of service hours in communities from New York to San Francisco. Youth projects have included: developing faith-based computer labs, creating
documentaries, training community members on computers and the Internet, using digital media to create interactive tutorials, mapping community assets, and developing wireless hot spots in local neighborhoods.

AWOL Founder Tony Jordan is slated to head up the project as its lead instructor and coordinator. “This partnership with One Economy and Comcast significantly complements AWOL’s current arts and technology mentoring model. We are proud to now be a part of the One Economy Digital Connectors network of program partners”.

For more information on Comcast Digital Connectors Program visit www.awolinc.org or call 912-303-4987.


AWOL Meet & Greet Pass Auction

August 9th, 2011

AWOL Youth to Perform Live on Stage with Anthony David

CLICK HERE TO BID ON VIP MEET & GREET PASSES

Savannah, GA. (8/4/11)-The nonprofit, AWOL All Walks of Life will host an online auction of 6 Meet & Greet VIP Passes as a part of Scientific Entertainments, Brian McKnight Just Me tour. The tour will also feature a special performance by Savannah native, Anthony David. The concert is scheduled for August 20, 2011 at 7:30pm at the Johnny Mercer Theater.

As a part of AWOL’s ongoing fundraising effort and support from Anthony David, the Grammy nominated artist is coming home once again to help AWOL raise funds to support Savannah youth this time as the opening act for Mr. Brian McKnight. Youth enrolled in AWOL’s Act Up Theater & Performing Arts troupe will accompany Mr. David onstage at the event performing an original dance piece.

“I am uber excited about getting a chance to perform onstage with such big professional artist, it gives us a chance to see what a future in the music and performing industry might be like if we continue to work hard”, Jason Forrester, AWOL youth performer.

AWOL’s Act Up Theater & Performing arts troupe is just one of AWOL’s high quality project based learning programs that not only teaches youth valuable skills in the arts, but also mentors and supports them middle and high school.

“The mentoring and training that have received from AWOL have helped me to growth both as an artist and as a student, I am really excited about having this opportunity to show off the skills that I have learned”, Tadazsia Patterson, AWOL youth performer.

“Giving kids opportunities to create and share their talents is key to their future life success as a whole. Growing up in Savannah, programs like AWOL were not available to me, which is why I will continue to support and grow this unique and holistic model for youth development”, singer /songwriter Anthony David

To place a bid for the VIP passes, go online to AWOL’s website at www.awolinc.org. Bidding will start on Monday August 8th at 8:00am and end on Monday, August 15th at 11:55pm. Winning bidders will be contacted via telephone and/or email to claim their prize by 8/16/11.

CLICK HERE TO BID ON VIP MEET & GREET PASSES