SAVE MUSIC IN CHINATOWN: THE FIRST TWO YEARS, $?, 5½” x 8½”, ink-jet printed, 53 pgs.

It’s a well-known fact that music and arts classes are the first to be cut in a lot of public schools. The importance of kids having these classes as outlets to express themselves and get in touch with their artistic side is extremely important, and yet often neglected. The “Save Music in Chinatown” project is an event that features several seasoned musicians and well-known bands, then uses its profits to maintain and fund the music program at Castelar Elementary School, found in Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA. Chronicling more than eight shows over the course of two years, this zine features copies of each fundraiser’s flyer and photos of all the bands, contributors, and organizers. It is not only a reminder of how important music and arts programs are in our schools, but an example of how a community can come together to support and work with each other for a good cause. –Tricia Ramos (Save Music in Chinatown: The First Two Years, savemusicinchinatown.com)