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Burbank High School Arts Program Dedicates New Mural Collaboration With Nickelodeon

Students and teachers at Burbank High School dedicated a new mural made in collaboration with Nickelodeon interns and artists on Thursday, April 18. Students from all of the Burbank High School Arts programs, including dance, film, instrumental and visual arts disciplines, celebrated with performances and an open-air art and performance space at the after school event.

The huge mural covers the quad-facing façade of the Building 2 Arts Building and wraps around towards the Wolfson Auditorium entry way.

Ana Cristina Varela is pictured with her creative mural artwork. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

“The mural represents the spirit of creativity that is the foundation of our arts at Burbank High School,” commented Jonelle Pickett, BHS Animation & Sculpture Instructor. “It is the determined thought, reflection and revision, combined with skill and dedication, that allows ALL our student artists to envision and produce extraordinary representations in a variety of artistic formats.”

“While our art forms may look divided by discipline, we are actually at root very much united in our quest to allow our students powerful ways to envision ideas and express themselves,” she added.

Burbank High senior Ana Cristina Varela shows off her design that became the new façade of the BHS Arts buiding. (Photo By Ross Benson)

“Dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, digital design and film arts, broadcast journalism, drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, and theater tech – our students find their place to belong, to create and to shine.”

“The new mural acts as an umbrella that reminds us of this unity as it now greets students to class and guests to performances,” Pickett said.

The mural was sponsored by Nickelodeon Community Efforts (NICE) and is the first student-designed and -led NICE mural project.

Burbank High students and Nickelodeon interns collaborated to bring the new Arts building mural to life. (Photo By Ross Benson)

Senior Ana Cristina Varela, a fourth year BHS Animation student, designed the mural and “ran the entire project – from concept meetings, material lists, and scheduling to directing the painting process –  and also oversaw all the mural designed artwork,” explained Pickett.

About 20 Nickelodeon interns and artists and more than 35 Burbank High School Animation and Sculpture students worked together over one week to bring the mural to fruition.

(Photo By Ross Benson)

“BHS students were side by side with interns and artists, discussing their passion for their art form, as well as educational pathways and future possibilities,” added Pickett. “This mural transformed a space as well as minds.”

Burbank High Animation students also created a short film, t-shirts and a Snapchat filter to promote the BHS Arts collaboration.

The BHS Animation students’ film can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/KfrsHs2Iarg.

Burbank Noon Rotary Sings Its Way To Fundraising Success

After the doings during one not-to-be-named Saturday night, some people will never again be able to run for office.

Their minutes with the mike will howl and yowl from screens large and small, and across the decades, when those yet unborn will be listening and howling too.

John Volpe, Brian Volpe, and Barry Gussow. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ordinarily, the deities of a song would’ve turned the stars above into thunderbolts, hurling them toward any perpetrators of melody mayhem.  But that Saturday night they stayed their hand.  The caterwauling was for a good cause.

Blame Noon Rotarian MIKE THOMAS for tempting the wrath of the gods.  It was his idea to inaugurate Burbank Noon Rotary’s first annual karaoke fundraiser.  And it looks like Noon Rotary will be making sizeable contributions on behalf of several worthy local causes, just as soon as they finish counting the coin.  It seems that gales of mirth had lofted the giving spirit to new heights.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mike’s major accomplices included Noon President BRIAN VOLPEI, who translated Mike’s idea into a festive evening at Nickelodeon’s new courtyard, complete with a four-star buffet and bar.  Other Noon Rotary organizers of the event were JESSA FREEMYER, BARRY GUSSOW, RENEE JOHNSON, GREG MADORE, and NATALIE WORSHUM. Noon Rotary gives a special thanks to VICKY FENTON and NICKELODEON for donating the venue.


“The Noon Rotary event owes a huge debt to our amazing sponsors,” said Noon President Brian.  “Their generosity not only gave us a great evening but allowed all the event revenues to go to our foundation.”  Besides Nickelodeon, contributors included CENTANNI TRATTORIA, TONY’S DELI, LINCOLN BEER COMPANY, PORTO’S BAKERY AND CAFÉ, ZACH’S CATERING, GRANADA, SANTORO’S and CALIFORNIA EATERY.

Fundraising success also came from Noon Rotary’s fiendish set of karaoke rules:  You could nominate anyone to sing a song of your choice for only $25.  It’s even better if a bunch of you each contribute $25, and better still if—how to put this delicately—singing is not your target’s signature strength.  Now, the person nominated can avoid singing the song but only if they pay $40 to sing a different one or $50 to get out of singing altogether.

But more often than not, after a glass or two or three of liquid courage, there’s your friend. wailing for all its worth, frightening any stray dogs within a half-mile radius and giving tom cats the wrong idea.  Your friend should’ve paid the $50…but you knew that.

Members of Morning Rotary Belt a tune. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

As befits the Nickelodeon venue, the proceedings got more and more animated as the night wore on.  Several Sunrise Rotarians killed (as in murdered) Bohemian Rhapsody with great enthusiasm.  Others, emboldened by the low bar they had just established (which would’ve been impressive if they had been doing the limbo) thought they could lower it even further.  They came close.

Now to be fair, there were more than a few voices who turned the chairs around and amazed everyone.  A certain Noon Rotarian even acquitted himself well with Hamilton’s opening number, at least in the sense of Rocky Balboa keeping his dignity intact after going the distance with Apollo Creed.

If laughter’s the best medicine, there were several miracle cures that night.  But then, doing good by having fun has always been Noon Rotary’s signature strength.

Burbank Noon Rotary Hosting First Karaoke Bash at Nickelodeon Studios

On Saturday, February 24 at 6:00 pm, Burbank Noon Rotary will be hosting its 1st Annual Rotary Karaoke Bash at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank.

This event will have a new twist on Karaoke. As part of the event’s fundraising objective (and to provide tons of entertainment for all of the attendees), for $25 any attendee can nominate any other attendee to sing a song of their choosing. That individual can then sing the nominator’s song choice at no cost to them, or for $40 they can select a different song, or for $50 they can opt not to sing at all. 

Each attendee can only be nominated one time so if you are going to nominate someone, make sure you choose a great song.

This fun musical evening will be emceed by Lisa Donahey (lisadonahey.com, facebook.com/ LisaDonaheyMusic,twitter.com/LisaDonahey).

A cash bar (soft drinks, wine, beer, and liquor) and savory appetizers will be available throughout the evening.

Proceeds from this fantastic event will benefit non-profit organizations and schools in Burbank.

Guest must be on the entry list prior to the event. When you buy tickets you will be added.

Tickets are $75.00 and are available for this event here: https://squareup.com/store/burbank-noon-rotary-foundation/item/fundraiser-ticket-burbank-noon-rotary