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October 15th, 2009 by Terry Miller
Last weekend, MAFA expanded its annual event by working in collaboration with the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts to present live entertainment and art venues throughout Old Town Monrovia. There were poetry readings as well as a self-publishing panel, a comic panel on storyboarding presented by Ralph Navarro and cartoonists presenting ‘live draws’, plus a drumming workshops presented by Vivek Babtiwale.
MAFA events promote local and regional artists, as well as support arts education in public and private schools. MAFA donations of more than $50,000 have supported art education in after-school and in-school programs. MAFA has also funded schoolteachers through mini-grants in Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Duarte and Arcadia. Other local organizations supported by MAFA are Foothill Unity Center, Boys and Girls club of Monrovia and YMCA.