IE’s Hill Teen Center Is Now a Realty

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.Dec. 15, 2022PRLog — The Hill Teen Center, a new refuge for youth in the San Bernardino area, will provide relief and services to Inland Empire teenagers who are at risk for homelessness, hunger, gang violence, drugs, alcohol, and poverty. The center raised more than $791,000 recently on Giving Tuesday.

The ROGO Foundation, in partnership with Sandals Church, led the effort and will build and operate the teen center on the Sandals Church property in San Bernardino. Groundbreaking is scheduled for January 2023.

“We are very excited about what this money will mean for our community,” said Scot Camden, Advancement Director for the ROGO Foundation. “Our community banded together to make The Hill Teen Center dream, a reality. This center tells our teenagers that they matter to us and we will do everything in our power to help them lead healthy and happy lives.”

The Hill Teen Center is a 10,000-square-foot facility delivering FREE clinical counseling, tutoring, skill – and life-coaching, mentorship, and laundry facilities, as well as a safe and fun environment for teenagers to spend time with friends.

The project is estimated to cost $1.3 million to complete, and the money raised lets much of the work begin, as the organization continues to fundraise the remaining $510,000.

“The Hill Teen Center is very much aligned with my own vision for the broader community,” said Ken Ramirez, former Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and contributor to the project. “It provides a road map to make a difference in the lives of our young adults.”

Ramirez, an active member of the Inland Empire for many years, mobilized his network to get the word out about The Hill Teen Center and the Giving Tuesday crowdfunding campaign.

“My own childhood motivated me to want to bring hope to teenagers struggling with adverse conditions,” said Ramirez.

“One in ten youths in the City of San Bernardino is homeless. In the 2019/20 school year, 30,270 San Bernardino County K-12 students were identified as homeless or lacking secure housing. The problem is getting worse as this is a 6.6 percent increase from the previous year,” said Pastor Chris Reinhard of the San Bernardino Sandals Church.

“These factors, along with alcoholism and drug addiction, have left too many students and their families hopeless, with little belief that their lives will have any meaningful change. This teen center will start to change that,” said Pastor Reinhard.

“And after all, that’s really what it’s all about—delivering a beacon of hope,” said Ramirez, “helping to show that life has a lot to offer, but sometimes we need to be shown what’s possible.”

The Hill Teen Center is located at Sandals Church in San Bernardino at 3701 N Sierra Way and is named after the late educator and community leader Dr. Margaret Hill. Watch a short video on the project:

For more information about The Hill Teen Center, go to (, or call The ROGO Foundation at (951) 800-7865.

Fall Exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art

Misogyny Papers/Apology (Harriet's Gaze IV)

Misogyny Papers/Apology (Harriet’s Gaze IV)

BEDMINSTER, N.J.Sept. 21, 2022PRLog — The Center for Contemporary Art (“The Center”) is pleased to announce two new fall exhibitions on view September 30 – December 9, 2022.  The opening reception on Friday, September 30 from 6-8 free and open to the public.

Beneath the Surface, is a juried exhibition of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild. The Northeast Feltmakers Guild was founded in March 2002 as a way of bringing together the many talented felt artists throughout the United States, primarily in the Northeast. The Guild’s goals are to promote felted fiber art, increase awareness of the feltmaking process, and offer a forum for feltmakers where information can be shared regarding techniques, material resources, critiques, and marketing. Jurors for Beneath the Surface, Wes Sherman and Patricia Spark, selected 54 works representing the work of 36 artists.

Exhibiting Artists: Sibel Adali, Leslie Alexander, Colette Ballew, LadyK Bennett, Marsha Biderman, Robin Blakney-Carlson, Josephine Dakers-Brathwaite, Judith Daniels, Linda Doucette, Lyn Falcone, Susan Getchell, Rae Gold, Carol Ingram, Kerstin Katko, Denise Kooperman, Helene Kusnitz, Cathy Lovell, Rachel Montroy, Charlotte Moore, Irina Moroz, Malgorzata Mosiek, Joy Muller-McCoola, Sara Pearsall, Debbie Penley, Stacey Piwinski, Etta Rosen, Barbara Ryan, Cathy Schalk, Tshen Shue, Ellen Silberlicht, Catherine Stebinger, Dayna Talbot, Linda Tomkow, Christine Vogensen, Nancy Winegard, Miriam Young.

Sherman has been an artist for nearly 30 years. An adjunct professor, Sherman teaches at William Paterson University and Raritan Valley Community College. He received his MFA at Rutgers University, where he studied with his mentor Tom Nozkowski. Spark is the author of “The Watercolor Felt Workbook-A Guide to Making Pictorial Felt”, “Making Faces, Using Wet and Dry Felting Methods”, “Fundamentals of Feltmaking”, and “Scandinavian Style Feltmaking.”

Misogyny Papers/Apology: Victor Davson features the work of Victor Davson, curated by Cynthia Hawkins, Ph.D. Davson explains in his artist statement, “My sensibility as an artist is shaped by my early childhood in Guyana and by the anti-colonial struggle for independence in the 1960s….Misogyny Papers/Apology draws on this spirit of resistance and on a wellspring of socially engaged art. It is my attempt to bring into relief the issues of gender bias, political violence and discrimination against women. In creating a body of work that confronts the dehumanization of women I also confront a system that dehumanizes me as a man who is Black.”

Davson was born in Georgetown, the Capitol of what was then British Guiana. He received a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and cofounded Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art to support artists outside the mainstream. His thinking is heavily influenced by the anti-colonial politics of the Caribbean, and by the intellectual powerhouses of that period.

Curator, Dr. Cynthia Hawkins, is an abstract painter and scholar whose research encompasses race, identity, early African American art history, and theory. She has presented lectures based on her dissertation research African American Agency and the Art Object 1868 – 1917. She received a Ph.D. from University of Buffalo, an MA in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University, and an MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. Hawkins is currently serving as interim assistant director of collections at Kenkeleba House Museum, and lives in Rochester, New York

The Center is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster, NJ. For further information, visit

Center and States are together engaged in holistic development of Northeast including Nagaland – Union Agriculture Minister

The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, today visited the Central Institute of Horticulture in Nagaland and inaugurated a farmers workshop and exhibition. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Tomar said that the Central Government and the State Governments are working together for the development of the North East Region including Nagaland.

“The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, wants that there should be holistic and balanced development and the benefits of the government’s schemes should reach the eligible people including farmers right down to the grassroots level, which will improve their standard of living. The Central Government is dedicated towards this and will continue to do so. For the development of Northeast, the Central Government will continue to walk step by step and shoulder to shoulder with the States. It is necessary to transform agriculture into advanced farming for the benefit of the farmers in the country including the Northeast,” he said.

In the programme organized by the Central Institute of Horticulture (Medziphema, Dimapur), the chief guest Shri Tomar said that if the Central and State Governments work together, then its results are bound to be good, and this is what is happening now. Emphasizing on increasing production and productivity, Shri Tomar said that the income of brothers and sisters working in the agriculture sector should also increase, for this they should shift to remunerative crops, connect with technology, bring new technology to the farmers through R&D institutions, the common farmers should get the benefit of the scientific research and government funding should also reach them. “The Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Modi is working closely with the State Governments on all these issues,” he said.

Shri Tomar expressed the hope that the farmers of this region will lead a new revolution in the development of horticulture. “The North-East Region has been a victim of neglect for a long time and due to its remoteness, it became difficult to get the benefits of schemes here, but after becoming the Prime Minister, Shri Modi has constantly paid attention to get enough funds for the development of the North-East, ensured the Union Ministers visit this region regularly, the Prime Minister himself also came here several times so that the problems of the region continue to be resolved by the Government of India,” he said.

Shri Tomar assured that the Central Horticulture Institute will remain here, it will not shift anywhere, there will be no shortage of funds for this and the Central Government will leave no stone unturned in its development.

Shri Tomar said that by virtue of 6 agro-climatic zones with vast geographical variations present in the North-East Region, and Nagaland in particular, it has the potential to provide considerable scope and advantages for growing many horticultural crops as compared to other states.

“There are huge possibilities. Nagaland also has great potential for export of agricultural products due to its proximity to South-East Asian countries, it is necessary to increase productivity and ensure that the quality of agricultural products is of global standards. As a result, farmers will get good price and their financial condition will improve and the agriculture sector will also contribute more to the country’s GDP,” he said.

Shri Tomar said that everyone is making efforts together to bring new technology to the farmers at low cost, he appreciated the efforts of the institute and the State Government in this direction.

The Agriculture Minister of Nagaland, Shri G. Kaito also addressed the gathering and spoke about the development of agriculture in the state. Central Horticulture Commissioner Dr. Prabhat Kumar delivered the welcome address. Vice Chancellor of Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Dr. Anupam Mishra, Director of the Institute and Additional Commissioner (Horticulture) of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Dr. NK Patle along with senior officials of Central and State Governments, farmers and representatives of FPOs and entrepreneurs were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.



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DREAMS Center for Arts Education Appoints Annette Freeman to New Role as Executive Director

WILMINGTON, N.C.May 2, 2022PRLog — DREAMS Center for Arts Education Appoints Annette Freeman to New Role as Executive Director

WILMINGTON, NC – The Board of Directors of DREAMS Center for Arts Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Annette Freeman as the organization’s Executive Director. Established in 1996, DREAMS Center for Arts Education is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to youth development through the arts. In this role, Ms. Freeman will oversee the national award-winning 25-year-old non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving and inspiring young people in need through the highest quality, free-of-charge arts programming.

Over the past 12 months, DREAMS received over one hundred applications and interviewed many outstanding job candidates during a nationwide search.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen and entrusted to become the new Executive Director of DREAMS,” says Annette Freeman. “I have huge shoes to fill as this organization is very beloved, and has an esteemed history of providing top-notched arts education and service to students in need and their families. I intend to hold onto the beauty and legacy of DREAMS while creating and executing a phenomenal vision for the future.”

Ms. Freeman is an Emmy-award winning producer, journalist, communications, and arts professional. Most recently Ms. Freeman was the Education and Outreach Coordinator for The Wilson Center and Grants Specialist at Cape Fear Community College Foundation. In her career, she has produced documentaries for NBC, MSNBC, A&E, Discovery Channel, TV One, Sundance Channel, PBS, and MTV World. Annette co-chaired NBCU’s Black Professional Alliance Retention and Recruitment Committee and was a former Editorial Board subcommittee member of the News division’s Diversity Council. Annette was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a visiting professor at New York Film Academy’s Digital Journalism Program. She has been a board member of Women Make Movies, the Education Director of Film and Video Arts in New York City, and ran her own production company for four years. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she was awarded the John Patterson award for Best Documentary, a graduate of Howard University, and a member of Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

“I am so pleased and honored to announce Ms. Freeman’s appointment to this vital role at DREAMS. Annette brings a wealth of experience, wisdom, and enthusiasm to our community, and I am confident that her leadership will be fully embraced at DREAMS. Her passion for the arts and working collaboratively will inform her work as she plans for the future, enhancing our programs, and introducing innovative approaches for youth development through the arts,” says LaToia Brown, President of the Board.

About DREAMS Center for Arts Education

The mission of DREAMS is to create a culture of confidence for youth and teens through equitable access to arts education, supported by the values of respect, family, and community.

DREAMS Center for Arts Education

901 Fanning Street• Wilmington, NC 28401

910-772-1501 •


Mi Casa Resource Center® Delivers Holiday Spirit to Westwood Neighborhood

 Mi Casa Resource Center® hosted their first annual Santa’s Workshop Toy Drive on Saturday, December 18th. Holiday music, coffee, and hot cocoa were provided as staff and volunteers were ready to meet a commitment of delivering toys to families in the Westwood neighborhood. Parents were checked into the event and then supplied with a toy for each child registered. With an average of three toys distributed per family, Mi Casa made Christmas dreams come true. “I cherish opening up our headquarters during this time of year, welcoming families, making a positive impact, and informing them about our empowering programs,” Mi Casa CEO Angeles Ortega, stated. She continued, “We would not have been able to do this without the volunteers and our magnificent partners.”

In partnership with the Denver Police Department, Mi Casa created an uplifting atmosphere for all who arrived on Saturday. Due to the massive amount of support provided by toy collection partners, resulting in nearly 1200 toys being donated, Mi Casa will be distributing toys to additional families through Tuesday, December 21st during office hours. Additionally, toys will be donated to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

This initiative received support through the Denver Police Department’s Hotspot Grant, a solutions-based project which focuses on opportunities for community outreach and relationship building. Officers received Westwood’s families while manning the hot cocoa station at Mi Casa’s Santa’s Workshop event. The department also provided funding for toys. FirstBank provided additional support through funding and volunteers. Marine Toys for Tots, the Rotary Club of Conifer, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, St. Mary’s Academy, and Colorado Academy were toy collection partners.

About Mi Casa Resource Center®: Founded in 1976 by seven Denver-area mothers and a father, Mi Casa educates, trains, and supports youth and adults along career and business pathways to grow their income and achieve lasting economic success. Focused on supporting income growth, employment, and entrepreneurship, Mi Casa Resource Center provides training and tailored support to help people take the next step on the journey toward financial success. Learn more at

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