Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (J.U.i.C.E.) was founded in 2001 in the Rampart District of Los Angeles. We are a non-profit hip hop collective that meets every Saturday from 12-4pm at the MacArthur Park Rec. Center. (2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057). Our program is free for all age groups.
We teach visual arts workshops, paint legal graffiti murals in the community, record and produce music, emcee, bboy/bgirl on a large hardwood floor to live DJs. We create unique opportunities for underserved young artists to showcase their work, network with peers and professionals and engage with their communities in a positive manner through the arts.
Our mission is to address the root causes of juvenile crime and of youths’ need for belonging by providing a safe center run by and for young people, focused on building skills in the various art forms of hip-hop culture.
Our vision is to sustain a safe and permanent home for youth where the elements of hip-hop are used as a tool for social change, youth empowerment and art education.
W H O W E A R E
Marcus Anthony Napuri Artistic Director
Joshua ‘Kenzo’ Aldrete Director of Community Affairs
Gilyon “Guillotine” Brace-Wessel’ Visual Arts Facilitator
Patrick “Seedless” Jordan Music Production Facilitator
B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S
Eric Nishimoto, President Investment Associate, Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura, Inc.
Rev. Dawn Smith, Vice-President Founder of J.U.i.C.E. and Director of Seventh Sense Media and Events
Linda Sharp, MD, Treasurer Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Christine Jung, PhD, Secretary Professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University
Bennett Kim, CIO Managing Principal Big Rock Partners
Michael ‘Open Mike’ Eagle II, Site Coordinator for Children Youth and Family Collaborative, Project Blowed Emcee, and 4Real HOP Instructor
Robert McGowan Jr., Lead Organizer with Community Asset Development Re-Defining Education (CADRE)
H O N O R A R Y B O A R D
John Chiang California State Treasurer. www.treasurer.ca.gov
Karen Bass Congressmember 37th Congressional District. www.karenbass.com
Justin Bua Artist known for his unique style of distorted urban realism. www.justinbua.com
Joe ‘Pocho Joe’ Hernandez-Kolski Actor, Comedian, HBO Def Poet. www.pochojoe.com
Dr. Cheryl Keyes Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, and accomplished jazz musician and composer. www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu
Kyle Stewart Entertainment law counsel with Raskin Peter Rubin & Simon; Co-founder of the League of Young Voters and Education Fund www.theleague.com
OVER THE YEARS
Over the past 10 years J.U.i.C.E. has had several homes:
* 2000 – 2002: The William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center, operated by Grupo de Teatro SINERGIA (W Fourth St, Los Angeles, CA)
* 2002 – 2009: The 1st Unitarian Church (W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA)
* 2009 – 2010: The Central American Resource Center – CARECEN (W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA)
* 2009 – 2011: Chuco’s Justice Center (E Redondo Blvd, Inglewood, CA)
* 2010 – present: The MacArthur Park Rec Center (W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA)