SAG Foundation and R.Evolución Latina Welcome Young Stars to Literacy Day, Wed. January 26

SAG Foundation and R.Evolución Latina Welcome Young Stars to Literacy Day, Wed. January 26

WHO: 10-year-old actress Fatima Ptàcek (Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, The Royal Pains and the upcoming The Rebound starring Catherine Zeta-Jones), celebrity storyteller Adrian Martinez (Law and Order, Flight of the Conchords, Morning Glory), R.Evolución Latina’s founders Luis Salgado (In the Heights-Broadway, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown-Broadway) and Gabriela Garcia (Chicago-Broadway), volunteer readers from the SAG Foundation BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) program and R.Evolución Latina teaching artists.

WHAT: Are contributing time and talent to children’s literacy efforts by reading aloud to children grades K-5 at Dare to Go Beyond: Read and You WILL Achieve!, a literacy day sponsored by the SAG Foundation and R.Evolución Latina and with special assistance from the Screen Actors Guild’s Spanish Language Media Task Force.

WHERE: Adolph S. Ochs School and Academy
PS/IS 111M
440 West 53rd Street
New York, NY  10019

WHEN: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
10-11 a.m. Fatima Ptàcek reads to 2nd grade
11 a.m. – 12:30 Volunteer BookPALS, R.Evolución Latina teaching artists read/facilitate workshops to grades K-5
12:45–1:35 p.m. Assembly for Grades 3-5, featuring interactive performance by R. Evolución Latina and read-aloud by celebrity storyteller Adrian Martinez

WHY: Part of the non-profit SAG Foundation’s Children’s Literacy Initiative, BookPALS encourages children toward their fullest potential as literate, productive and creative thinkers with over 2,000 dedicated volunteers reading aloud to more than 100,000 preschool to 5th grade students weekly at public schools, hospitals and cultural institutions. R.Evolución Latina’s collective of artists and activists is committed to empowering the artistic community in order to inspire growth within the Latino Community through collaboration, productions and educational support programs. This Literacy Day event highlights the two organizations’ collaboration in a celebration of artistic involvement, community awareness and educational value.

About the Screen Actors Guild Foundation
Founded in 1985, the SCREEN ACTORS GUILD FOUNDATION is an educational, humanitarian and philanthropic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Governed and funded independently of SAG, the SAG FOUNDATION offers substantive services to Guild members, free of charge, in its mission to assist, educate and inspire actors toward their fullest potential in career, life and community. For more information, please visit www.sagfoundation.org or call (323) 549-6708.

About R.Evolución Latina
R.Evolución Latina is a collective of artists and activists committed to enpowering the artistic community in order to inspire growth within the Latino Community through collaboration, productions, and educational support programs. R.Evolución Latina was developed in 2008 under the auspices of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids.  It's motto "Dare to Go Beyond" is symbolic of its mission, to educate and empower children to disregard the naysayers in their lives and pursue their dreams.  Since 2008 R.Evolución Latina has done just that by sponsoring programs, particularly in the arts, where children have the opportunity to interact and learn from Broadway performing artists, both technical skills as well as a positive mindset.  www.revolucionlatina.org

About the National Spanish Language Media Task Force
SAG NATIONAL SPANISH LANGUAGE MEDIA TASK FORCE is a group of professional actors, SAG members, who dedicate their efforts to the Spanish-speaking acting community in the United States and Puerto Rico.  The task force understands the challenges and realities our members face daily throughout their careers. They work to find possible solutions, promote new work opportunities and improve their working conditions. Today, 29 members nationwide work together with staff to strengthen their organizing and outreach mission on behalf of all Spanish-speaking actors. For more information on the work of the task force, please contact Carlina Rodríguez, Director Spanish Language Organizing at carodriguez@sag.org or (305) 670-7677 x 7076 or Marlena Fitzpatrick-García, Manager, Organizing at mfgarcia@sag.org or (212) 817-1505.

About SAG
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital television programs, motion pictures, commercials, video games, music videos, industrials and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org. Follow SAG Communications on Twitter (twitter.com/sagnews) and Facebook (facebook.com/screenactorsguild).

Contact: Pamela Greenwalt, SAG Communications Executive Director, (323) 549-6872, pgreenwalt@sag.org

Contact: Stacey Jackson, sjackson@sag.org
Day of Event: (323) 806-1435

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