Annual benefit to support arts in the community

By Araceli César

The Second Annual SAIPRO (Arts Organization Serving Artists in Process) Benefit “Beyond the Borders” will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 6 p.m. in The Davies Memorial Building, 568 Mount Curve Avenue. Altadena, Ca. 91001.

The event will be honoring Nancy Kupka, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles, in the Dept. of Music, Theatre & Dance, for her lifetime achievements in dance and her contribution to the dance education world.

SAIPRO´s mission is to empower individuals to ignite the artist within and provides artistic, educational and production resources.

“We believe there is an artist in everyone in whatever field of endeavor.” In this light, SAIPRO is dedicated to providing a supportive community where the individual feels safe and encouraged to grow through the arts, to develop the skills and to express their art, to showcase their work, and to attune to the “spirit of the artist within,” explained Debra de Liso, Artistic Director of Arts organization.

“We will be holding this year’s benefit “Beyond Borders: An Evening of Theatre, Music and Dance” to continue helping individuals and artists to develop their work for public entertainment and to sustain the arts and humanity in our community,” said Elizabeth Wu, executive Director of SAIPRO.

With only two years of existence, SAIPRO has already launched successful productions, including Forbidden Rites, an original play performed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival; Young Hearts Alone on Stage, a collection of original solo plays performed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival; Prison is Where I Learned To Fly, the world premiere drama by new playwright Rochelle “Shelley” Duffy performed at the Pasadena Play House.

“SAIPRO will continue to grow and produce new works for the community and will always provide quality educational and theatrical opportunities for all ages,” said De Liso.  “We help develop and nourish the artist through individual coaching, classes, workshops, showcases, exhibits, performances, and other expressions and documentation through the visual, literary and performing arts. We are dedicated to help the individual connect or re-connect to that artist within,” concluded De Liso.

Tickets for the annual benefit are $25. The evening’s fare includes: dinner, silent auction, dance tributes, actress Salome Jens & playwright Leon Katz in a reading of “The Countess Tolstoy,” the Kupka Dance Klan, music from the State Prism Band and Nancy Kupka Dances.

For admission tickets to attend the event go to, call  323.972.9665, 213.804.4496, 323.769.5842 or send an email to



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