Who we are

Our vision is to create a world where arts and scholarship funds are easily accessible to youth and families dealing with the challenges of losing a loved one to the prison system. Often times this impacts underserved and inner-city communities. The arts provide the power of creating something special and original, which results in a sense of accomplishment and confidence. The Michael’s Daughter Foundation wants to be a top source of arts programs and scholarship funds to those families in order to allow them to achieve their dreams and let their voices be heard.
The Michael’s Daughter Foundation is on the mission to provide free and low-cost arts programs to youth and families in underserved communities. These programs include, creative writing workshops, creating original plays, monologues and short films along with documentaries, and music. We provide these programs throughout the year in various Los Angeles communities and cities across the US. We are also committed to providing scholarship money for college students impacted by incarceration and/or having a loved one behind bars.
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Where To Take Michael's Daughter Next....

The Michael’s Daughter Foundation gets it’s name from the one-woman show Michael’s Daughter, written and performed by Ciera Payton. This play highlighted Ciera Payton’s experience of having her father incarcerated and how it impacted her life. The shows was performed in the Los Angeles Woman’s Theater Festival, American Conservatory Theater, and United Solo Festival in NYC.
Each performance brought on a number of audience members who too had loved ones behind bars. They would explain to Ciera how they related to the complexities of her story and urged Ciera to expand the show in more ways than one. Thus the birth of The Michael’s Daughter Foundation. Ciera wanted to give the gift of storytelling to young people, mainly those she encountered when she worked as an arts educator for inner-city schools.
Below are a number of iniatives and ideas that The Michael’s Daughter Foundation is seeking to execute, while utilizing the Michael’s Daughter play as an educational template. We are sure that successful parternships and collaborations are sure to come through these projected goals. Take a look below!

National Workshops

The Michael’s Daughter Foundation desires to serve youth and families in cities across the country while also presenting Ciera Payton's one-woman show Michael's Daughter to a local main stage. The idea is to not only perform Michael’s Daughter but to provide free and low-cost workshops to communities who are impacted by prison incarceration. We seek to hold workshops that will enable participants to generate creative projects such as short films, plays, or murals, etc. These pieces would be presented in conjunction with the performance of Michael's Daughter.

Feature Film

Ciera and the team would eventually create a film adaptation that goes beyond the stage and into the Avoyelles Correctional Facility where Michael is serving out his sentence. It would be yet another way to highlight New Orleans: the soul, the beauty, the poverty, the strength, and overall essence of the city and the individuals who have conquered it all. The film will be a biographical picture with theatrical elements; something both realistic and abstract.

Prison & School Tours

To take Michael’s Daughter on the road and present it to prisons, Juvenile Delinquency programs, and colleges across the country. In America, while 1 in 43 children has a parent that is incarcerated, the statistic goes on to state, 70% of those children are expected to end up in prison. Ciera wants to share her story with these facilities in hopes to not only give a voice to those young adults in and out of prison, but to also inspire and educate them.

Your Help

We'd Love To Collaborate!

The Michael’s Daughter Foundation continues to research ways to partner with national organizations and communities. We welcome any thoughts, ideas, or connections that you may have. Please connect with us and share your thoughts at info@michaelsdaughter.org.

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