On Sunday July 30, White Hall Arts Academy hosted the Rock the Block Festival, celebrating education and the arts in the Los Angeles Crenshaw community.
Founded by Tanisha Hall, White Hall Arts Academy is a place where students of all ages can learn from their talented and bountiful team of instructors to educate themselves is all areas of the arts from music, dance, songwriting, and singing.
Tanisha has been teaching private lessons since 2002. Having enjoyed a 15-year career in the music industry before starting WHAA, Tanisha offers a wealth of experience and knowledge.
To celebrate and provide a place for Crenshaw District residents to come together, this family festival offered an array of activities for attendees to enjoy from art activities, food trucks, dancing with the LA Rams cheerleaders, music, to educational panels. The festival featured multiple zones of activities for families of all ages including kids, arts and crafts, and fitness.
In the kids’ zone, youth enjoyed face painting, jewelry making with LA Face Painting, balloon twisting, henna, live mural painting with Mike Norice and Artfully United, superhero training as well as a self-defense and fire truck, and safety demonstrations from the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments.
In keeping with the presentation of interactive activities, Plug In America provided free test driving of Tesla, Vinfast, and Chevrolet electric vehicles.
In the Alliance Education Zone, families took in lifelong learning with a mental health panel from Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services and a Parent Advocacy Panel moderated by Sharnell Blevins.
Completing the festival was the main stage’s content with many music-based panels including the “Hip-Hop Past, Present and Future” panel featuring Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Felicia “The Poetess” Morris, Dana Mason, and Channing B. Smith Esq., moderated by Scetch (The Specialist). A Change-Makers Panel was also presented feauturing Macy Gray, Assemblyman Isaac Bryan, Dr. John-Paul Foster, and Aleali May. The panel was moderated by Tina Sampay aka Slauson Girl.
WHAA’s culture of music highlighted musical performances from Christian Felix featuring Mariachi Ambiente, Tiny Room Jam sesssions by Tiny Room Studios, Live Out Loud Band, and a praise break from the KJLH choir.
Stars from WHAA have included Sanai Victoria, grammy award winner Ant Clemons, Galimatias, and Rey Fukuda.
To find more information on how you can get involved in learning about music and the arts, visit https://www.whitehallacademy.org, and follow them on Instagram @whitehallartsacadey for more family fun!