Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment


Peter Samuelson, MA, President


Dr. D. Andy Rice, PhD, ASPIRE Fellow at UCLA


The Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment (ASPIRE) partners with universities, community organizations, scholars, and activists to advocate for sustainability and social justice through media-focused teaching and research.  ASPIRE teaches digital media production to undergraduates of all majors to enhance their lifelong capacities to undertake social issue advocacy.

A portrait of an "open-streets" event in this community. CicLAvia is an organization that works with LA city officials to close streets to vehicular traffic on select Sundays in order for people to move about freely by walking, biking, dancing, or skateboarding, bringing participants face to face at a slower pace.

A crew of muralists committed to community engagement and empowerment through the arts drive a white step van to different locations in Los Angeles to reintroduce mural painting and public expression. By Danielle Alva, Ally Bach, Laurel Directo, Ran Duan, Lingyue Zhu, Laila Vinson, and Robert Penna.