ROSALIND HELFAND works with nonprofits and government to create and implement innovative programs and policies, connect communities, inspire advocacy, and address complex local and global issues. She is adept at cross-cultural communication, multi-disciplinary endeavors, community engagement, organizational development, and planning for long term positive change. Rosalind works across multiple fields spanning human rights, arts and literature, education, and the environment.

News | September 2016

Literature for Life Issue 4 Launch on Sunday, September 25

Illustration for the story Foshay in the Bad Days. Photo by Jervey Tervalon.

Illustration for the story Foshay in the Bad Days. Photo by Jervey Tervalon.

The literary journal and educators’ resource that I manage, Literature for Life, is a program of the arts nonprofit, Light Bringer Project. On September 25, we are officially launching Issue 4 of our journal. Issue 4 authors and artists will join us for a reading and celebration. We’ll also debut the Issue 4 curriculum that will be used in Los Angeles public school classrooms this year! Learn more and read stories from our past issues HERE.

Next Up for the Bifröst– Into the Aurora Project

Students Before the Launch. Photo by Rosalind Helfand.

Students Before the Launch. Photo by Rosalind Helfand.

In August, I joined the Bifröst– Into the Aurora Project team to document the latest stage of their multi-year effort to image the aurora borealis from the inside! This involved sending a camera into space on a rocket launched from the NASA Wallops facility in Virginia. The Project is collaborating with several university, nonprofit, and government space programs, and we conducted interviews of students who helped design and build the payload before, during and after the launch. The launch was successful, although this year’s payload was not recovered. I’ll next be conducting interviews of the documentary filmmaking team in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for updates! Learn more about the project HERE.

Teaching High School Leadership

Student Presentation. Photo by Rosalind Helfand.

Student Presentation. Photo by Rosalind Helfand.

Teaching is one of my favorite ways to give back to my community, and I teach several classes each year. This year, I’m teaching a high school Leadership course at West Hollywood College Preparatory School. The course will include everything from communication and speaking skills workshops, to regular class trips to visit with local government, to a service learning project component. We’ll also be analyzing the pre-election events and hope to take a class trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring. I welcome community participation. If you’d like to help out with a government, leadership or service learning opportunity for my students, please let me know!

Joining the Steering Committee of Lambda Literary’s New Festival

Lambda Literary

Lambda Literary will host its first LGBTQ literary festival in 2017, and I’m thrilled to be a member of the Steering Committee! I’ll be sharing my organizing expertise from Directing the West Hollywood Book Fair, Co-organizing Lit Crawl L.A., managing the Sci-Fest L.A. short story writing competitions, and Managing Literature for Life. I can’t wait to share more details about Lambda Literary’s festival — check back for updates! Learn more about Lambda Literary HERE.

Teaching a Civic Engagement Workshop at the Women’s Center for Creative Work on October 16

Workshop on Intersections of Feminism, Birding, and Community Engagement Models for Change!

Workshop on Intersections of Feminism, Birding, and Community Based Change! Photo by Rosalind Helfand.

The Women’s Center for Creative Work, or WCCW, is a nonprofit organization which cultivates LA’s Feminist Creative Communities and Practices. Their fall 2016 programming is focused on Civic Engagement, and I’m pleased to be teaching the following workshop (I’ll post details on how to sign up later this month, and you can learn about the WCCW HERE):

Feminism, Birding & Unexpected Models for Community Based Change
Bring your binoculars, notebooks, and cameras!

Bring your binoculars, notebooks, and cameras to this active workshop exploring the feminist origins of popular birding in the U.S. and the impact of birding, in turn, on how we civically engage to enact change.

We’ll start at the WCCW with a little history and then head out to the LA River where we’ll walk, observe, and periodically stop and talk about unexpected models for community based change, beginning with the relationship between the simple act of enjoying birds and the environmental conservation movement, and including contemporary examples from across Los Angeles.

Participants will be encouraged to develop their own ideas for unexpected civic engagement projects and outline plans to make them a reality by the end of the workshop. They’ll also, hopefully, have a great record of birds sighted along the way!