Michael Meeks

Michael Meeks

Michael Meeks is a native of California’s San Fernando Valley, and attended high school at the quirky Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences. In the fall, he will attend CSUN and major in political science. A four year member of band, and the son of a freelance artist, Michael feels he has some stock in the Los Angeles arts scene. He does not consider himself a “social justice warrior,” but rather a civics minded, politically active human being. He occupies his days by blogging and talking of politics, but plans to chronicle the backyard punk scene in the San Fernando Valley this summer. Otherwise, and as part of his work for HS Insider, he is excited in pursuing and covering his broader interests in the arts and education.
My message: Don’t forget about K-12 education

My message: Don’t forget about K-12 education

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIIT2OTQ6fk Dear future president, College has dominated the conversation on education this election cycle, and for understandable reasons. Costs are rising at a time when young adults struggle with student debt, while out-going high...

How much do you usually spend on an outfit?

How much do you usually spend on an outfit?

It's back-to-school season, and that means that it's time for back-to-school shopping. So we want to know: Stay tuned for the results of our survey, and keep your eyes peeled for some exciting, fashion-forward stories!

Current LA: Colonial mast meets functional art

Current LA: Colonial mast meets functional art

Rising up from the South Los Angeles Wetlands Park, Mast looks a little bit like something from a dream. The ship’s mast, a replica of the main mast of the first Spanish explorer ship San Salvador, is firmly planted in solid ground, but the way that the breeze fills...

Is Punk dead? Not if the Valley has anything to say about it

Is Punk dead? Not if the Valley has anything to say about it

I admit it. I have lived in the San Fernando Valley for my entire 18 years,  and I had no idea that the gold certified recording artist, Bad Religion came from my neighborhood, or that the punk scene existed here. The Valley is known for heat and uniformity, not art....

Piece by Piece cultivates a mosaic of young minds

Piece by Piece cultivates a mosaic of young minds

Piece by Piece, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit whose aim is to promote the arts as a viable trade for low-income and at-risk individuals, recently collaborated with A Place Called Home in South Central Los Angeles to introduce youths to the art of mosaic-making. Piece...

Sidewalk activism

Sidewalk activism

At first glance, the bright, blue chalk scribbled on the sidewalk might be mistaken for a child’s playful scrawl. But it reads “shot at point blank”. The words are a tribute to Ezell Ford, a black homeless man who two LAPD police officers shot dead in 2014. The artist...

Snoop Dogg and The Game emphasize the power of youth

Snoop Dogg and The Game emphasize the power of youth

"Hunt us not today. Hurt us not today." Snoop Dog and the Game organized community members, many wearing shirts bearing the acronym 'H. U. N. T.,' in a peaceful protest that coincided with the graduation of recruits at LAPD headquarters. The latest class was...

One show, two performers, 32 hours, 1,000 Angelenos

One show, two performers, 32 hours, 1,000 Angelenos

During our time at Grand Performances, we wanted to create a way for you to experience the concert with us. We created a timeline of the events at Grand Performances—from the moment the crew set up to the beat of the last song. Thursday 3:30 p.m. Three decades in...