Part 3: Looking into tomorrow
By Alex Cordero
Before we conclude this series of celebrating Pasadena women in honor of Women’s History month, take a look at where the future generation in our community is leading us. The future generation of Pasadena women continues the legacy that women before them established – being at the leading edge of change in the community and embodying the spirits of perseverance and beauty. These young women are contributing to their community by getting involved in the performing arts, being actively involved at school and being part of the forces shaping the community.
Read More: Part 1: Looking back
Let us first introduce Luca Nicoletti. Luca is 14 years old, a ballet dancer and an advocate for climate change. She enjoys learning the fundamentals of ballet and how her community comes together through performing arts. She is also part of a local theater, A Noise Within in Pasadena. She enjoys how theater “brings people together, [to] grow together and focus on a goal together.” She is conscious of our current environmental threats and does her part by riding the Metro. Luca is part of a club called Girls Learn International. This club works toward helping with current issues women face around the world, from climate change to access to female products. This organization helped fund the documentary “Period. End of Sentence.”
Next, also making a difference in our community, are Gillian and Ava Chamberlin. Gillian Chamberlin is a 14-year-old musical composer, poet and athlete. Her sister Ava is is a film director, artist and poet. Both were on the Los Angeles (LA) History Day Team two years in a row, and made it to state finals each time. LA History Day is an event in which millions of students participate across the nation to create a presentation about a historical topic.
We asked Gillian to provide advice to our local residents who may be concerned about the future of our community and this is what she wants her community to know:
“The future of our community and the world is in the hands of the children. I would reassure people that the younger generations are getting more and more educated and aware of what is happening in the world. I have seen such a large growth of people my age who are driven and willing to protest, and fight for what they believe in. The future is a scary thing to think about right now, species are going extinct, global warming is creeping in on us, and there is still political injustice. But all of these things happening are the catalyst to make the younger generations take action, because without action there is no future and people see that.”
Ava is the President of the Film Club at Pasadena High School and she is part of the Visual Arts and Design Academy at her school.
“I really like being in the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) at Pasadena High School because it’s a specialized education in the arts at the high school level. Normally, you don’t get such interactive coursework in high school. We really reach out to the community and the community reaches out to us, the students. Our artwork often gets submitted to various competitions and festivals which brings our work out of the classroom and into the community. We also get to go on fields trips to Downtown Los Angeles, The Peterson Museum and exhibitions at the Art Center School of Design. The program partners with Art Center and other professional and art organizations. We are currently working on a bound book showcasing our artwork. I am now taking additional classes at Art Center and involved in on the weekends in which I have been able to direct a short documentary and create a zine. I feel lucky that I am in Pasadena, a community with so many resources in art and technology.”
Read More: Part 2: Looking at today
Another young lady that is currently contributing to her community and gives us a glimpse of what this future generation has in store for us is Avery Redfearn. Avery is currently the second assistant director in her school’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” she is in the school marching band and a lot of other activities she actively participates in at Marshall High School. Avery plays the viola for the Chamber Orchestra and she is also the youth ambassador at A Noise Within Theater in Pasadena. Avery is part of a club called Girls Build LA at Marshall. This group recently received a grant to create a project that will focus on raising awareness of depression and anxiety. The project’s purpose is to also lessen the stigma behind these mental health issues. “The goal for the project is for everyone within the school and community to be able to be open about talking mental health issues and obtaining help and resources on how to cope, or talk about it, our slogan is ‘Stop The Stigma.’”
The women of Pasadena have demonstrated that there are an unlimited number of ways to serve our community. Thank you to all the Pasadena women of the past, present and future making a difference. We will continue to honor them beyond March by sharing their stories so that the legacy of the women shaping and changing our community is known for many more generations to come.