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Meet 826LA's New Window Display (and Its Designer) This Saturday

The Echo Park Time Travel Mart will reveal its new window display this Saturday, May 14 during the Echo Park Public Display of Art walk.

If you haven't been to the Echo Park Time Travel Mart in Los Angeles yet, there's no better time, past or the future, to visit than this Saturday. The store—which sells quirky time travel-themed products like "body humours" and Robot Toupées to raise money for 826LA's reading and writing center in back—will be welcoming a sharp new window display, thanks to a contest we helped organize last month. In choosing the inaugural designer for the new space, the judges were unanimously delighted by the idea of Molly Burgess. This local designer and illustrator managed to combine the seemingly disparate concepts of summer reading, the Pleistocene Era, the year 3022 A.D., and zero-gravity into one awesome window display. Don't worry, it will make sense when you see it.

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Help Redesign the Window of 826LA's Echo Park Time Travel Mart

The store that fronts 826LA's tutoring center here in Los Angeles is giving an artist $500 to transform its window display. Is it you?



Whether we need to stock up on Viking Odorant or replenish our supply of Robot Milk, the Echo Park Time Travel Mart here in Los Angeles is the first place we go to for all our time travel needs. We also really like the fact that for every bottled Dead Language or bag of Dodo Chow we buy, we're supporting the awesome education programs of 826LA, who happen to run the tutoring center in the back. So when 826LA came to us with a request to help them bring even more enthusiastic shoppers to what we're pretty sure is the only time travel emporium supporting reading and writing here in town, we wholeheartedly jumped on board.

The Echo Park Time Travel Mart is looking to redesign its front window, a highly-visible, high-traffic space right on Sunset Boulevard that's seen by thousands of drivers, bikers, and pedestrians every day. They're on the hunt for an artist proposal that will transform the space into a new installation centered around the time travel theme. The idea is that the window will change twice a year, showcasing new creatives in town, bringing new faces into the store, and turning it into even more of a destination for art, design, and, of course, time travel lovers around the world.

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Making Pint-Sized Authors in Los Angeles with 826

826LA's Executive Director Joel Arquillos gives some perspective on how to teach Latino students and dishes some project-based learning tips.

Former Bay Area high school social studies teacher Joel Arquillos dedicated his life to writing, but unlike so many others who moved to Los Angeles, he's not pitching screenplays. The 38 year-old Executive Director of writing and tutoring nonprofit 826LA wants to equip the next generation of L.A. kids with the writing chops they need to hit it big in Hollywood, or bring in the As at Harvard.

Arquillos manages two 826 offices in Los Angeles—one in Echo Park and one in Venice—and oversees the organization's savvy push toward running programs on school campuses. Last year 826LA taught writing to over 6,000 students, many of whom come from low-income, Latino backgrounds.

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