A Place Called Home
Interview by Isabel Kuh, Photos by Siena Mills
A Place Called Home is an organization based in South Central Los Angeles that serves children and teenagers from 8-21 years old. They have educational services and tutors, provide food and value creative expression whether it be art, dance, theater, music or digital media. Below are two profiles of Bernyce Talley, the art teacher and art coordinator as well as Jewel Delegall, the dance teacher. A Place Called Home also had an event called the Cinderella and Prince Charming Project that helped local juniors and seniors get dresses and suits for their upcoming proms.
Bernyce Talley, art teacher
She has been doing art since she was 4 years old and has been a teacher for almost 10 years. As a young girl, she used to draw everyone with yellow hair because that’s what she thought she was supposed to do. When asked if creativity has always been a large part of her life, she responded with “Do bears like salmon?” Creativity in all aspects of life even with academics has always existed for her as the daughter of a photographer and history teacher who stressed the importance of being strong and educated. Her mom who was a history teacher, always told her that if you can read, you can do anything and right now Ms. Talley is teaching herself to code.
Jewel Delegall, dance teacher
She has been dancing since she was 5 years old when her parents put her in dance classes and has been teaching for 16. She always saw the arts as a safe place for women and POC and as a tool of empowerment to connect with one’s self and others.The dance studios she’s been part of have had dancers of every color, sexual orientation, and gender identity and everyone was always accepted and celebrated for who they are. She has always seen dance as a way out and when people in her high school used to talk about traveling to Europe, she always thought of dance as a way to travel the world and be more independent. She believes that everyone can make a difference, big or small, and have the dancers go on service field trips like going to the Inglewood Senior Center.