The 2018 heART Award: Johnson Hartig of Libertine

on April 10, 2018 Comments Off on The 2018 heART Award: Johnson Hartig of Libertine

The P.S. ARTS heART Award

We are so excited to announce that Johnson Hartig of Libertine is the recipient of the 2018 P.S. ARTS heART Award!

The P.S. ARTS heART Award recognizes and celebrates those who are committed to the transformative power of the arts. We will be presenting him with the award, which contains 1000 individually folded origami hearts 💜 from the students, staff, and faculty of P.S. ARTS at The pARTy! on May 4. Get your tickets now!

“It has been incredibly rewarding to partner with P.S. ARTS. As a student, I found drawing and designing clothing to be so freeing. But it also takes an insane amount of creativity and courage to put your designs out into the world. I believe that starting with a high-quality arts education, we’re giving students the tools to capture that creativity and the guts to share it. Our future will be so much more colorful as a result.”

See the full press release here.

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Shinola Detroit Supports P.S. ARTS for the Holidays

on December 12, 2017 Comments Off on Shinola Detroit Supports P.S. ARTS for the Holidays

by Ratri Lertluksamipun, Associate Director, Event & Corporate Fundraising

P.S. ARTS kicked off the season of giving with an event at Shinola Detroit earlier this month. Hosted by long-time P.S. ARTS supporters Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Charlie Day together with Ryan Michelle Bathe and Sterling K. Brown, holiday shoppers at The Grove were invited to give back at an event with Shinola Detroit benefitting P.S. ARTS.

The hosts, (from left) Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Sterling K. Brown, and Ryan Michelle Bathe were joined by friends and arts education advocates including P.S. ARTS board president Laura Fox and CEO Dr. Kristen Paglia.

Shinola’s American-made luxury goods, which include everything from watches to turntables, made holiday shopping easy and our guests especially enjoyed personalizing their purchases through Shinola’s complimentary monogramming services. Guests were also treated to tasty Umami Burger sliders and fries and artfully mixed holiday cocktails, courtesy of Stillhouse Whiskey. The evening culminated with “Let it Snow” playing in the open-air mall complete with actual snowfall–an experience The Grove will feature each day at 7-8 p.m. until December 25.

We are grateful to the hosts, Shinola Detroit, and The Grove for a wonderful evening benefiting arts education, ensuring P.S. ARTS continues to provide access to high-quality in- and after-school arts programs for under-resourced public schools, including community engagement initiatives that encourage families to create together.

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Spotlight on the pARTy! 2017 Studios

on April 20, 2017 Comments Off on Spotlight on the pARTy! 2017 Studios

P.S. ARTS is proud to host another unforgettable evening in support of the arts in public schools. This one-of-a-kind, immersive event will be a unique blend of captivating arts experiences and live entertainment. Please join us at P.S. ARTS’ second annual the pARTy! for a night of joy and invention to improve public schools and the lives of 25,000 children.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the Studios at this year’s event!

Balthazar Getty
Balthazar Getty started DJing at 15 when famed DJ Mike Messex took him under his wing. By 16 he was already spinning at the hottest bars and clubs in LA. Balt was also focused on acting and music production. It is through his creative work that he is able to seamlessly blend different vibes adding layers of versatility to every set. A night could start with Lou Reed and Tribe, and end with Drake. Balt likes to take people through a musical journey by reading the crowd and trusting his gut. It was his work as a DJ that inspired his new musical project Balt vs Beats. Balthazar says, “…it feels like this is my time to step forward as an artist, not just the producer.”

Balthazar Getty will help us to close out the night with a live DJ set.

Dream Pops
Dream Pops are the first superfood pops to leverage 3D Printing technology, liquid nitrogen, and a 3-star Michelin chef to craft the best better for you treat. All of our pops are gluten free and vegan, and under 100 calories. Crafted by Three Davids, Anything is Popsicle!



Hannah Keefe sponsored by Broken English Jewelry
For founder Laura Freedman, Broken English is a language unto itself: that which is meant, not said, representing moments and milestones in people’s lives. Each piece of jewelry is much more than a beautiful object; it becomes a symbol of the wearer’s own history. Broken English is honored to play a part in this process. Today, Broken English is synonymous with master craftsmanship and highly original design, and our customers know to expect a personalized level of service that is unique to us. Because of the close relationships we have with the designers and dealers we work with, we can offer access to the most special pieces- be it a rare stone or unique design, a custom creation, or a coveted antique collectible.

For $300, artist Hannah Keefe will hand-solder one of her beautiful bracelets onto you live at the pARTy!. Reservations are available online at, but only 13 bracelets remain on a first-come, first-served basis!

As the founding force behind Libertine, Johnson Hartig ups the ante in the fashion game by creatively immersing himself and those around him in a whimsical trip where old school classics meet new school know-how. Having first launched the label in 2001, today he continues upon his quest of single-handedly revolutionizing the ready-to-wear market for men and women: enter graphic illuminations teamed with sublime screen printing techniques and an avant garde approach to deconstruction by way of customizing recycled items, thus breathing new life into designs from yesteryear. Equipped with inspirations that ricochet between art, fashion, history, design, travel, culture, florescence microscopy cell research and canine appreciation, Libertine has cultivated collaborations with everyone from Damien Hirst and Goyard to Converse and even Target, a classic example of rewriting the rules via Libertine’s mindset, because after all, why shouldn’t high-end luxury mesh with mass appeal? Championed by the likes of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld, today Libertine is internationally recognized as a brand with a surefire cult following extending from East Coast socialites to West Coast creatives and back again to a cross-section of celebrities ranging from Mick Jagger to Taylor Swift. In essence, the longevity of Libertine’s appeal spanning fifteen years in the spotlight is a testament to the talent of Johnson Hartig.

Johnson designed and crafted a one-of-a-kind camp shirt to be debuted and auctioned at the pARTy!.

Michael-Birch Pierce
Michael-Birch Pierce is a fiber artist and fashion designer. He received a B.F.A. in fashion design from VCU where he now teaches Fashion Design and Arts Foundation. He also studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design for an M.F.A. in fibers with a focus on embroidery and embellishment. Pierce has interned for Diane von Furstenberg, designed and embroidered Christmas decorations for the Obama White House, and served as stylist for André Leon Talley’s Little Black Dress costume exhibition. He has completed artist residencies in Hong Kong and Lacoste, France and exhibited in numerous galleries and museums both domestically and abroad. He has performed his embroidered portraits at Design/Miami, SXSW, and NY Fashion Week. The recipient of the 2015 Pollak Prize in Applied Arts, Pierce is represented by Quirk Gallery.

“What I love about this activation and my body of artwork is the way it provides 3-5 minutes of intense connection between me and a complete stranger. It all began as a way to find life and meaning in an age of mechanical production. Every time a person sits down, I study their face, they watch me with amazement, and we have a beautiful little conversation where we talk about their experiences with sewing or drawing, my life as an artist, and why we’re at this crazy event. It’s really exciting to experience that so briefly, with a machine as a conduit, and then have them walk away immediately and never see them again. They have with them an artifact of that moment, something to remember an artistic experience rather than just a picture of themselves.”

You can see the artist in action in his talk at TEDxRVA 2013.

OWS LogoOfferman Woodshop
Offerman Woodshop is a small collective of woodworkers and makers based out of Nick Offerman’s kick-ass wood shop in East Los Angeles.  We focus on hand-crafted, traditional joinery & sustainable slab rescue–working with fallen trees from throughout northern California & our urban LA environment.  We like to carve spoons, chainsaw stumps, plank canoes, keep our chisels sharp with stones, build pinball machines & fine furniture.  From refined modern designs to enormous Middle-Earth masterpieces, we build it all while smiling a lot.

The Unincorporated Life
Founded in Colorado and forged in the furnace of Los Angeles, California, The Unincorporated Life is an innovative lifestyle brand and an embodiment of the intrepid spirit of the modern entrepreneur. Maintaining a rich, internal culture fueled by raw creativity, it is a safe haven for professional development, inspiring a lifestyle of personal empowerment and liberation from the grind.

The Unincorporated Life invites guests of the pARTy! to a scaled-version of their Unincorporated Fragrance Lab to conduct an aromatic symphony that instantly evokes an emotion. A perfumist will teach guests about different notes and get each nose acquainted with a myriad of smells, but it’s up to each participant to combine the right ingredients into a one-of-a-kind scent. Experiment with an entire organ of oils as you combine the ingredients that will make up your original fragrance. Then get ready to release your new scent to the world!

Within is the premier destination for innovative, entertaining, and informative story-based virtual reality. They bring together the best immersive experiences from the world’s finest VR creators—from gripping tales set in worlds of pure imagination to documentaries taking you further inside the news than ever before.

Life of Us is a shared VR journey from Within that tells the complete story of the evolution of life on Earth.  A Within Original in association with Annapurna Pictures, Made with Unity, and with original music by Pharrell Williams.

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#MarathonMonday | P.S. ARTS Staff

on January 31, 2017 Comments Off on #MarathonMonday | P.S. ARTS Staff

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, Charity Relay, and LA BIG 5K are less than six weeks away. Follow #MarathonMonday to learn more about our amazing runners and why they are running for Team P.S. ARTS! This week, meet the dedicated P.S. ARTS staff members who have joined our team.

Allison Schaub

Why are you running the LA Marathon, and why did you choose to join Team P.S. ARTS?
I completed my first LA Marathon when I was 16 with Students Run Los Angeles. 10 years later, marathon training feels just as daunting as it did then (if not more on most days), but I’ve found that running with a charity team gives me the motivation needed to get out there. This will be my third time running with Team P.S. ARTS and thanks to the generosity of friends and family, I’ve been able to raise over $2,000 for P.S. ARTS’ programs!

Why do you think it’s important to support arts education in our schools?
Arts education deserves a place during the school day because it provides students with the tools to be successful both in the classroom and in life. Like running, art and creativity build confidence and teach us how to overcome obstacles to keep moving forward.

How are you training for the race?
I’m running a few days a week, taking group fitness classes and trying to stretch every day. Stretching is a constant struggle for me.


Clarissa Hampton

Why are you running the LA Big 5K, and why did you choose to join Team P.S. ARTS?
Choosing Team P.S. ARTS was a no-brainer once I convinced myself that I could run a 5K.  My coworkers at P.S. ARTS are the best teammates, and I feel inspired by them and their dedication everyday I come to work.  Running this 5K is another way working for P.S. ARTS has inspired me to challenge my own limitations and get creative about my service to others.

Why do you think it’s important to support arts education in our schools?
I think artist Ana Mendieta most beautifully explained the connection between art, expression, and empathy when she said, “My art is the way I reestablish the bonds that tie me to the universe.”  It is my belief then that when arts programs are eliminated, students are deprived of a means of communicating with others and connecting to the world around them.

How are you training for the race?
Let’s just say I’m really focusing on the carb-loading right now…

Nikki Manibhai

Why are you running the LA Big 5K and why did you choose to join Team P.S. ARTS?
Joining the P.S. ARTS staff in 2016 was turning a new page in the professional chapter of my life. The environment here at P.S. ARTS is welcoming, engaging, empathetic, and fun! So, I wanted to join Team P.S. ARTS and participate in the LA BIG 5K to build camaraderie with my coworkers and fellow P.S. ARTS supporters.

Why do you think it’s important to support arts education in our schools?
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

I believe the arts and arts integration takes education into the third dimension and makes learning a participatory experience. Arts education has the power to increase student achievement, engagement, and motivation while also building creative and critical thinking, collaboration skills and self-confidence. Because the arts are versatile it takes the stresses of standardization away. By supporting arts education in our schools, I support all-inclusive learning that celebrates uniqueness and embraces creativity.

How are you training for the race?
I am getting in the habit of working out and doing some light running about three to four times a week. My main focus is building stamina and being self-aware of progress.

Support AllisonClarissa, Nikki and Team P.S. ARTS!

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Paints & Pints 2016!

on August 23, 2016 Comments Off on Paints & Pints 2016!

By Events Assistant, Clarissa Hampton

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On Thursday, August 11th, P.S. ARTS took over The Park at The Grove for an evening of bites, brews, and art making!  Graciously hosted by The Grove, P.S. ARTS Paints & Pints provided guests a taste of the important work we do throughout the Los Angeles community.  Building on the spirit of the first Paints & Pints event, this follow-up created a community in which guests could imagine, create, and collaborate with one another.  Smaller in scale than some of our other events, Paints & Pints did not lack in inspiration and creativity.  The art, the eats, and the tunes (generously provided and perfectly mixed by P.S. ARTS favorite, DJ Ben Goldsmith with Backhaüs Productions) made Paints & Pints an evening to remember!

This was my first undertaking as the new Events Assistant at P.S. ARTS, and I loved being part of the team that made Paints & Pints such a magical evening.  Thanks to the dedication of our wonderful hosts, the generosity of The Grove and Caruso Affiliated, and the hard work of our volunteers, the evening was a huge success, raising over $3,500 for our award-winning programs!

The Art

Helen Frankenthaler project

Guests showed off their creative side by making a pair of tile coasters inspired by renowned Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painter Helen Frankenthaler.  Using permanent markers and some rubbing alcohol, guests imitated Frankenthaler’s dreamy colorscapes.  (You can copy our simple process at home with the guidance of our To-Go Sheet here!)  Guests transformed into artists as they improvised with colors and patterns, resulting in a variety of designs and forms on their finished coasters.  The final projects were magnificent!

The Eats

Blue Ribbon SushiUmami Burger sliders

Even the menu at Paints & Pints was inspired!  A huge thank you is owed to Blue Ribbon and Umami Burger for providing the tastiest of bites to our guests.  Blue Ribbon crafted custom hand rolls that were as beautiful as they were delicious.  The delectable rolls were paired with a classic wine selection and a Yuzu Sangria which was a guest favorite.  Umami Burger served up a heartier fare, featuring three of their signature burgers as sliders and both thin and sweet potato fries (I confess, I indulged on more than my fair share of sweet potato fries over the course of the evening.  Have you tried their house ketchup?  It’s my favorite!).  Umami also provided the “Pints” for the night with a fine selection of craft beer.  If you like what you tasted, please visit their restaurants or order from their websites!

The Raffle

Raffle Prizes

One of the most exciting points of the night was the raffle, which gave guests an opportunity to win some sweet P.S. ARTS swag and other goodies!  The Grove generously donated a date night package and beauty basket, and MeUndies donated a $250 gift certificate.  In addition to providing guests an exciting chance to win some amazing prizes, all proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will go to providing arts education to the 25,000 students P.S. ARTS serves each week.

DJ Ben Goldsmith

This event would not have been possible without the support of The Grove and Caruso Affiliated, Umami Burger, Blue Ribbon, DJ Ben Goldsmith with Backhaüs Productions, and the support of our amazing hosts and volunteers. We would also like to thank Nicole Valencia (@zikohl for capturing the magic of the evening with her camera.  To view photos from the event, visit our album on Facebook.  We are so grateful for your continued support and can’t wait to see you all at our next event!


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Spotlight on Paints & Pints Hosts!

on July 22, 2016 Comments Off on Spotlight on Paints & Pints Hosts!

By Events Assistant, Clarissa Hampton


This summer, P.S. ARTS is hosting Paints & Pints — a collaboration with The Grove aimed at inspiring creativity and a spirit of community. As one of the largest arts education providers in LA, we want to help create a space for gathering, creating, and contributing, and Paints & Pints is just that.  Graciously hosted by The Grove, Paints & Pints will feature art-making and refreshments and provide a glimpse into P.S. ARTS’ important work in the Los Angeles community.  Tickets to the event are available now!

We are so grateful for the support of our dedicated hosts who believe in the necessity of quality arts education and who have each personally witnessed the impact that access to the arts has on children’s development and success.  We would like to include a special feature on our hosts to thank them for their support.

Jason Burinescu

Jason Burinescu is a television executive and entrepreneur.  Originally from New York, Jason has spent the last sixteen years working in the entertainment industry, notably working on Discovery Channel’s Emmy nominated Naked and Afraid.

“I heard about P.S. ARTS through a number of friends and was introduced to the organization by Josh Tanzer.  As someone who is passionate about art, creativity, and giving people the ability to express themselves, I believe the mission to help underprivileged kids get opportunities is invaluable.

I’ve always loved movies, TV, and music.  It connects people in ways that nothing else can.  Stories and images have a huge impact on culture, bring joy to the world, and give people the ability to share a piece of themselves.  As someone who did art projects as a kid and later wrote and produced movies and TV shows, there is truly no better feeling than pouring your heart into a project and seeing the impact it has on others.”

Justin Fredericks

Justin Fredericks runs business development for a portfolio set of companies, including Paper and Fabric, which features the works of emerging artists on limited edition prints (paper) and clothing (fabric).  He is an avid volunteer in the arts and education fields.

“I heard about P.S. ARTS after walking by the nonprofit’s previous offices on Abbot Kinney. The P.S. ARTS sign piqued my interest, as one of my companies (Paper and Fabric) works with artists and art/education nonprofits. After inquiring about the organization, we included P.S. ARTS as our first nonprofit beneficiary.

Arts fuel outside-the-box thinking, which I greatly appreciate as an entrepreneur. Whether or not kids pursue art as a career, their immersive experience with art programs help spur creativity, imagination, innovation and new perspectives.”

Liz Schaub

After attending college in San Francisco, Liz Schaub returned home to Los Angeles where she works as a nurse, specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  In her spare time, she enjoys running and exploring the city with her dog Mona.

“The work P.S. ARTS does is important to me because art is freeing. Our aunt is an artist and art teacher and her creativity was very influential growing up. I learned from her art’s impact on the human spirit especially in the setting of the classroom. Now, as a pediatric nurse, I see the amazing therapeutic benefits art and music therapy have on children who are sick. Making art a priority in schools in no different than making art available in other settings like the hospital. Art heals!! It builds confidence, fortifies trust, empowers, and lets us discover and grow our strengths and talents. For children and youth, these things are vital. I’ve had the opportunity to attend a P.S. ARTS/Inside Out Community Arts student performance and witnessed young students on stage speak their minds, problem-solve and find solutions to social problems like bullying using creativity and drama!

My involvement with P.S. ARTS began through my sister Allison, who started working at P.S. ARTS 3 years ago and now works as Development Manager. My first event with P.S. ARTS was volunteering as a first aider at Express Yourself in 2013. My mom and I have now made volunteering at the first aid booth a tradition and we’ve happily volunteered every year since.”

Casey Taslitz

A Los Angeles transplant, Casey Taslitz left New York two years ago and now works as an event producer at an event production/design firm.

“I got involved with P.S. ARTS through my mom who has been involved for a few years. I loved the organization as I grew up in Chicago where the arts are very integrated into the school system and could not believe that students in California went to school without the arts!”

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Spotlight on the pARTy! 2016 Studios

on May 4, 2016 Comments Off on Spotlight on the pARTy! 2016 Studios

It’s P.S. ARTS’ 25th anniversary and to celebrate we are launching “the pARTy!,” a new fundraiser that embodies one of our core organizational values — to inspire creativity and confidence in the students we serve. This event will offer guests an evening of innovation, imagination, and play for adults — all to support our public school arts education programs. 

Here’s a sneak peek at the “Studios” at this year’s event!

Amanda Demme HeadshotAmanda Demme
Amanda Demme is a photographer and artist known for portraits, still life photography, painting, sculpture, fine prints, design, music, video & film production. Demme was described by The Los Angeles Times as an “expert at ‘building a room,’ choosing a precise mix of guests, sculpting space with light and shadow, and cultivating a mood something akin to performance art.”

We are now taking reservations for exclusive 10-minute portrait sessions with her at the pARTy! For $500, you and a friend can step in front of the camera, experience Demme’s creative process, and walk away with a digital album of one-of-kind images. Only 13 sessions remaining on a first-come, first-served basis!


PrintThe Bumbys
A Fair and Honest Appraisal of Your Appearance. By: The Bumbys


Colette Miller
American Artist Colette Miller, is painter and musician, also filmmaker, and renown for her interactive street art, Angel Wings. Her interactive street art Angel Wings project started in 2012 and has since gone global. The first few pairs were “self authorized” in the gritty streets of downtown LA, the City of Angels, and human sized, so people could wear them. Global Angel Wings Project was created to remind humanity that we are the Angels of this Earth. A pair of Colette’s wings will be featured at the event for guests to interact with.

Edoughble is handcrafted edible cookie dough, in one-of-a-kind flavors, made using the highest quality ingredients. We leave out the scary, raw egg and use heat-treated flour to bring you bites of deliciousness one spoonful at a time.  Edoughble is hosting a make your own cookie dough bar.  Choose your dough, choose your toppings and close your eyes to savor your sweet creation!

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Since summer 2011, an incredibly dedicated team of volunteer teachers and students has been converting 2 acres of the John Muir High School campus into an urban farm. Any student of Muir can participate in hands-on learning at the Ranch by enrolling in one of three classes or applying for the after school internship program. The vision is for the Ranch to be integrated into every discipline taught at Muir High School, including science, math, english, art, and environmental studies.

Muir Ranch CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is the social enterprise of the nonprofit. The mission of Muir Ranch CSA is to teach the students important business and life skills, provide them with meaningful employment, and improve access to fresh, affordable, locally-grown produce. Learn more at

Hudson LogoHudson & Tonia Calderon
Hudson & Tonia Calderon: Hudson Jeans is a designer denim company based in Los Angeles, California. The brand was founded in 2002 by Peter Kim, with a mission to create fashion-forward designer jeans that reflect the company’s slogan, “London edge meets L.A. glam.”
Tonia Calderon is a Mexican-Dutch-Indonesian painter and designer. She is best known for her music inspired “Black&Gold” series; paintings of icons with lyrics written through hand painted images of the icons. She is well known and respected by the top musicians and producers in the music industry today. Her work is featured at the Tupac Afeni Shakur Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco, California. Her work is on displayed in some of the top music recording studios in the country including Interscope, Epic, and Def Jam.
Hudson Jeans has generously donated a selection of jean jackets to be custom painted by Tonia. These jackets will be sold at the event; as always, all proceeds go directly to our program, serving 25,000 students weekly.

PrintIce Cream Lab
The Ice Cream Lab is an LA based ice cream shop which serves made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream. Ice Cream Lab’s idea revolves around the molecular gastronomy cooking concept, utilizing liquid nitrogen as the style of preparation to instantly freeze different natural ingredients into ice cream.

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 11.03.16 AMIsrael Martinez
Israel received an Associates in Art at the California Art Institute, and later moved on to teach  art schools, including LAAFA (Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts). His art instruction focus on solid fundamentals in Figure Drawing and painting. He has a strong background in both fine and commercial art, having trained under talented artists such as: Glen Orbik ,Mark Westermoe, Glen Vilppu, John Watkiss, Steve Huston, Jeremy Lipking, Neil Boyle, and Ryan Wurmser among others. He was one of the advanced students selected to be in the masters program designed by Mark Westermoe in 1999. Israel has been an active art instructor since 1999, teaching at different art studios as well as hosting private classes. In addition to doing commercial work, Israel creates his own paintings for galleries.

Luster creates world-renown event amplification technologies.  Starting 5 years ago with the invention of hashtag-printing, our products have been featured at over 1,000 events across 150+ cities.  

Check out our L2 Printers tonight:  just post a photo a Instagram with the event hashtag — it prints automatically!

MakersKit LogoMakersKit
MakersKit is all about experiencing creativity. By creating fun, all-inclusive DIY project kits, MakersKit makes it easy for anyone to be a maker. Come by and get your hands dirty by muddling your very own Maker Mojito or pARTy Pineapple Cooler cocktail.

Oculus LogoOculus
Step into Rift – Rift is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there.

OWS LogoOfferman Woodshop
Offerman Woodshop is a small collective of woodworkers and makers based out of Nick Offerman’s kick-ass wood shop in East Los Angeles.  We focus on hand-crafted, traditional joinery & sustainable slab rescue–working with fallen trees from throughout northern California & our urban LA environment.  We like to carve spoons, chainsaw stumps, plank canoes, keep our chisels sharp with stones, build pinball machines & fine furniture.  From refined modern designs to enormous Middle-Earth masterpieces, we build it all while smiling a lot.

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Spotlight on the pARTy! 2016 Gallery Wall

on May 4, 2016 Comments Off on Spotlight on the pARTy! 2016 Gallery Wall

It’s P.S. ARTS’ 25th anniversary and to celebrate we are launching “the pARTy!,” a new fundraiser that embodies one of our core organizational values — to inspire creativity and confidence in the students we serve. This event will offer guests an evening of innovation, imagination, and play for adults — all to support our public school arts education programs. 

We are so grateful for the support of the following artists, galleries, and collectors who have donated silent auction pieces to our Gallery Wall at the pARTy!  They are firm believers that every child should have the chance to experience art, regardless of circumstance.  As a thank you, we wanted to include a special feature about the artists who are a part of this year’s event.

Amabelle Aguiluz
Amabelle Aguiluz is a Los Angeles based artist and designer. Her work incorporates one of a kind handmade knitwear clothing, wearable art, accessories and housewares including textiles and installations. She also creates commissioned work for clients.

“I have known about P.S. ARTS for some time but was introduced to this opportunity by a friend, Laura Riley.

I believe that arts education encourages imagination, collaboration and a new way of thinking. It is important to provide support and opportunities for creative learning and that is what makes P.S. ARTS so great!”

Tonia Calderon HeadshotTonia Calderon
Tonia Calderon is a Mexican-Dutch-Indonesian painter and designer. She is best known for her music inspired “Black&Gold” series; paintings of icons with lyrics written through the hand painted images. She is well known and respected by the top musicians and producers in the music industry today. Her work is featured at the Tupac Afeni Shakur Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco, California. Her work is on display in some of the top music recording studios in the country including Interscope, Epic, and Def Jam.

“I always felt like art was a missing component of my early education. Ever since I found my passion in art I’ve always encouraged the education and exposure of art in schools. I truly believe one of the most important things we can do for our future generations is to promote creativity and awareness of creative career opportunities.”

Claire Beitcher 'headshot'Claire Beitcher
Claire Beitcher is an illustrator and fine artist whose work includes romantic greeting cards, wedding suites, and commissioned personalized gifts. Prints of her work as well as her hand-painted hats and Donut series have been featured at Co-LAb Gallery in Highland Park. Her Snack Hats were quite a hit during the LA Municipal Women’s Basketball League’s 2015 Fall season. Her work is warm, whimsical, and funny and hopefully connects with a child-like joy inside us all.

“I was introduced to P.S. ARTS by Naomi Scott, whose passion and involvement in so many important causes continues to inspire and wow me.

As someone who grew up in Los Angeles and attended public schools, P.S. ARTS’ mission especially hits home. My fondest memories of my public school education in LA were making pop-up books, pinch pots, and coloring along to Beethoven with the lights turned out (thank you, Mrs. Gipstein). My mother actively brought the arts into all of my classrooms as a volunteer and it was a space for us to explore, play, and create from our pure imaginations. Being able to access that same place of freedom and joy as an adult keeps me sane. Simply put, kids need art in order to become whole and to thrive in the world as their truest selves.”

If you were to ask Dabs or Myla to reveal the secret of their success, they might say they live by the old adage, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Their art is inspired by their life as a married couple, their travel around the world, and the beautiful pandemonium of everyday experience. Few relationships could bear the pressure of such intensity and proximity, but Dabs and Myla have developed a collaborative rapport that elevates their individual contributions into something greater than the sum of its parts. Myla thrives in the realm of precision, painting photorealistic representations of the cityscapes they encounter while traveling, and laying out playful patterns with mathematical exactitude. Dabs brings life to their buoyant, rambunctious characters, inspired by graffiti, mid-century illustration and theatrical cartoons from the Golden Age of animation. As Dabs Myla have grown together as a creative team, their individual aesthetics have converged to complement each other. Stimulating each other’s creative growth provides the driving force of their partnership, and since they joined forces, their aesthetic has evolved constantly. What they’re doing is much more than a collaboration of art—it’s a collaboration of two people’s lives, full of love and play and the genesis of fantastic things.

Shana Frase
Shana Frase studied Fine Art and Interior Design in New York, London, and Rome, but it wasn’t until moving back to her home state of California in 2010 that she returned to creating work on paper using watercolor, one of her favorite childhood mediums.

Shana creates pieces with playful intention. Her ability to cull the extraordinary from the ordinary allows her to add a witty twist to her work that transforms everyday objects into charming nostalgia.

“I was introduced to P.S. ARTS by Adam & Connie Derry shortly after I moved to Los Angeles. They encouraged me to participate in the P.S. ARTS’ annual “Express Yourself” event and I was all in! I hosted a watercolor themed booth and we had a blast. It was the least I could do for the Derrys, who have always been hugely supportive of my work; I am fortunate to call them friends.

The art teachers in my public California schools shaped my entire future. It is only because of their support & guidance, along with that of my family, that I am a working artist today. No public education experience is truly complete without exposure to the visual arts. I am honored to donate my work in support of this effort.”

Adonna Khare HeadshotAdonna Khare
Adonna Khare is an American master carbon-pencil artist. Her style has been compared to the photo-realistic illustrations of Audubon, but the surreal worlds and strange inhabitants she creates can only spring from her imagination. Khare’s life-size works, which she is focusing on more and more, possess the scope of a painting, but with enough detail and realism to give viewers the impression they can step through the paper and into Adonna’s worlds. Though she stays steadfast to her chosen mediums, pencil and paper, her work spans from 8” x 11” to massive murals covering entire walls. She says of her process, “I draw how one might sculpt,” and the final artworks contain far more layers of pencil than the surface belies. A review of her in-progress pieces reveal hints of skeleton, almost as if she is drawing her fictional subjects from the inside out. To learn more, visit

“Arts education is extremely important to me. After getting my MFA, I worked for 6 years as an Art teacher for Kindergarten – 7th grade students. Their ability to blossom and grow through creativity allowed them to not only succeed in the arts but apply that same creative thinking process to other subjects and parts of their lives. As a teacher it was vital to me to help open my students minds to appreciate all aspects of the arts. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to become a full time artist, and with that I’ve been able to help spread the message of the importance of the arts.

All too often the arts are overlooked and under appreciated in education. It’s programs like P.S. ARTS that help bring focus back to these important educational elements. I’m grateful to Lee and Hadley Rierson for introducing me to this fantastic organization.”

Billy Kheel HeadshotBilly Kheel
Using felt and thread, Billy Kheel builds soft sculptures and wall hangings. His approach plays with the concepts of masculine vs. feminine and folk vs. academic in relation to artistic process and intent. Kheel has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work has been featured in Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, KCRW’s Design and Architecture, and KCET’s Artbound.

“I was introduced to P.S. ARTS by my friend, Event Committee Member Jon Layne.

I believe that arts education is absolutely crucial to our existence as human beings. The most important commodity in the future is going to be creativity. If we don’t teach students to be innovative and creative we are doomed.”

Ludmila Korol
Ludmila was born in 1965 in the Ukraine. She graduated from Kiev State Academy of Fine Art in 1989. From 1992 to 1996 Ludmila lived and worked as an artist in Prague. In 1996, she moved to Ireland.

Manfred H. Kuhnert
Manfred H. Kuhnert is a consummate artist, whose knowledge is solidly grounded in both craft and theory. His complex and intricate sense of color, together with his mastery of line, shape and form unite to create works that arrest the eye. He is an artist who is intimately connected with the world he paints. His work vividly captures languid days on the California Coast and the serene beauty of the Pacific Ocean which is the inspiration for many of his masterful paintings. For 34 years, beginning in 1980, he maintained his studio in South Laguna Beach, California. Inspired by the chiseled light of Laguna Beach, his explorations have evolved from traditional “veduta” paintings, charmingly documenting local scenes around him, to paintings that seek to release the dynamic energy of this sublime landscape. SInce 1994 he has given full voice to expressionistic, and ultimately symbolistic works, seeking “harmony in extremis” through complementary color paintings, negative space and pure forms liberated from a narrative context. Manfred H. Kuhnert currently resides in Laguna Beach, California with his wife, Anna and their loyal shih-tzu, Barclay.

Lizzy Layne HeadshotLizzy Layne
Born in Detroit and living in California for the past decade, Lizzy Layne is an artist working to pursue her dreams while indulging in the game of feast or famine. Creating amongst various media, her art falls within the realms of illustration, painting, printmaking & graphic design. Her melding of techniques, materials and content spawns a visual experience that is whimsical, innovative and unique.

Lizzy was introduced to P.S. ARTS through her brother, Jon Layne, who has been heavily involved in supporting P.S. ARTS via their events. Art enthusiasm runs in the family and Jon thought Lizzy would be a great fit to help fulfill P.S. ARTS’ mission.

“I am a supporter of P.S. ARTS for a variety of reasons but mostly, as a former arts educator, I understand the importance of art in childhood development for assisting in cognitive growth and creative expression. I want to help inspire and leave lasting impressions on the younger generations that will be crafting our future.”

Mambo HeadshotMambo
Mambo has established his own visual vocabulary : he is a polyglot artist, capable to pick what he needs on his languages palette to express his feelings in the moment. His different artworks series go from abstract graphic interplays of lines and spontaneous designs, to action painting as well as minimal and caricatural portraits using his signature red-orange color, thus creating an expressive graphic universe, full of underlying meanings, combining observation, ambiguity and humour.

The core theme is humanity, the inspiration is our brain, our mental processes, sensations, emotions, memories, inner feelings and mechanical reactions. Human behaviors become colorful ideograms, our environment becomes a dictionary, where he picks symbols to write his own prose : visual enigmas.

Mambo’s discourse is not imposed upon us, it intrigues us and leads us to memorize our own reflections.

“I was introduced to P.S. ARTS through my friend and sculptor Kathy Taslitz.

I remember when I started to paint, when I was 15, how important was to be inspired by others, to be able to experiment, share and meet people who showed me the way. I think it is essential for kids and teenagers, with any kind of dreams, to be inspired and empowered.”

Marisa Acocella Marchetto HeadshotMarisa Acocella Marchetto
Marisa Acocella Marchetto is author of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Ann Tenna, the graphic memoir Cancer Vixen, and Just Who the Hell Is She, Anyway? Marchetto is also a cartoonist for The New Yorker, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

“I support P.S. ARTS because creativity keeps the world in motion. Not only does arts education help children become better artists, but also better thinkers, scientists, and innovators. By encouraging young people to crack open their ideas and get their hands dirty, arts education builds individuals ready to solve problems in their communities and the world.”

Josh Mayhem HeadshotJosh Mayhem
Based in Los Angeles, Josh Mayhem’s lifelong habit of collecting children’s playthings fueled his passion to transform said toys into objects d’art. Embracing both order and chaos as separate inspiration points, Mayhem’s mixed media ‘art toys’ tend to be created in two contrasting styles, from his intricate and detailed assemblages, using parts from the likes of Japanese model kits, to his more free flowing and expressionist sculptures. Mayhem’s works have been commissioned by private collectors and have been exhibited in a variety of contemporary art galleries as well as pop culture events.


Burton MorrisBurton Morris
Pop Artist Burton Morris, whose vibrant artworks of various modern icons, have been showcased in galleries and museums internationally, is best known for creating signature artwork for The 76th Annual Academy Awards, The United States Olympic Team, The 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, The Andre Agassi Foundation, FIFA World Cup Soccer, The United Nations, The 2006 MLB All-Star Game to name a few. Original artworks have been commissioned for corporations and Institutions such as Coca-Cola, H.J. Heinz, Absolut Vodka, Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Chanel Corporation, Warner Brothers, Perrier, AT&T, Kellogg’s Corporation and the U.S. State Department.  In addition, his artwork has helped to raise millions of dollars for charities worldwide.

“I was introduced to P.S. ARTS through Amanda Schuon. 

Arts Education is a topic that I am extremely passionate about. Having grown up to become an artist through the public school system, I was lucky enough to have teachers that supported my talent and passion. I have worked with many children in the classroom and love being at a point in my career, where I can help inspire kids to pursue a career in the arts and prove that it is possible.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 1.27.23 PMOlympio
Olympio was born into a large family of six children in Lome, Togo, West Africa. As far as he can remember, he has always been creating. He began his work by using building scraps to make sculptures. By the time he was in high school, he started to experiment with mixed media and collage.

Olympio’s work has been shown in many places in Togo and neighboring countries. A few places include the city art center in Lome and the largest hotel in the country, Hotel Sarakawa. He then went on to show and sell his work in Paris, France. Olympio moved to the US in 2003 and has continued to paint and show his work in many galleries.

Painting, for Olympio, is following a feeling. It is discovering the internal balance of a piece and recognizing beauty when it is unveiled, a happy accident. He starts with the blank canvas, a splash of blue, red or whatever color speaks to him and goes from there. He uses paint straight from the tube. For him, there is no hidden story or elusive meaning behind each painting. It’s just a piece: it is everything and nothing. It is as simple as a heartbeat, as complex as a hurricane.

Linda Pagani HeadshotLinda Pagani
Interdisciplinary artist Linda Pagani constructs abstracted realities that transform the real into the imagined.  Interested in the architecture of familiar spaces, Pagani reinterprets place through photography, paper and ceramic installations.

“Arts education nurtures imagination.  When we allow our minds to create, we make, we build, we innovate.  We make a better world.”



Don Paglia HeadshotDonald Paglia
Los Angeles native Don Paglia has pursued simultaneous careers in academic medicine and fine arts and is currently an Emeritus Professor and Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the UCLA School of Medicine.  Initially self taught as an artist, he received formal training under the singular influence of UCLA’s Professor of Art, Jan Stussy.  His mixed media paintings and bricolage sculptures reflect his primary motivation in both art and science, “to explore that ineffable interface between the known and unknown, between disciplined order and random chaos, between entropy and enlightenment.”

“I was introduced to P.S. ARTS by my lovely daughter-in-law, Chief Executive Officer, Kristen Greer-Paglia.

Arts education is essential because it provides balance: the opportunity to see differently and explore beyond the rigid confinements of academic disciplines and social conformities.”  

Miles Regis HeadshotMiles Regis
Based in Los Angeles, Miles Regis is a Trinidadian-born artist whose work taps into the emotion and experiences of exotic cultures around the world and presents them in ways that are relevant to today’s modernized societies. Over the years, the USC graduate has honed a technique that incorporates drip painting and collage work that is both unique and striking. With a style reminiscent of many of history’s great master painters, Miles’ imagination is saturated with notions, ideas, and images reflective of a world filled with conflicting interests.

His cultural duality and diverse perspectives play a large role in the humanistic consciousness he manages to present in his work. With broad enthusiast appeal, his work is in the permanent collection of institutes such as The Intel Corporation, California African American Museum, Senegal’s La Musee Borindar and has been featured on CNN, as well as at Art Basel Miami, The Coachella Music and Art Festival, and in association with Million Dollar Listing, American Rag Cie, Manifest Justice, Adobe, Fashion mogul Tonny Sorenson and several art communities around the country and throughout the world.

Recent press coverage has included CNN, The Huffington Post, and Extra TV, to name a few.

Liza Ryan
Liza Ryan’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Ryan has been included in museum exhibitions at The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Miami Art Museum. She was also selected to participate in the 2006 Biennale of Sydney.

Ryan’s work is held in the permanent collections such as the J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Maison Europen de la Photographie, Paris, among others. Her work is currently represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles and can be seen on her website: Ryan lives and works in Los Angeles.

Kathy Taslitz HeadshotKathy Taslitz
Kathy Taslitz is an internationally collected artist working out of her downtown LA studio. Her monumental sculptures have been commissioned for Universities, a new Los Angeles County Public Library and for private collectors. Her work reflects the symbiosis between nature, humanity and technology contemplating how they coexist.

“We need arts education in all schools to foster the creative spirit within every child. I decided to get involved with P.S. ARTS when I relocated to Los Angeles and saw how they were helping to fulfill this need.”

The Most Famous Artist HeadshotThe Most Famous Artist
Matty Mo is an LA based young American artist and entrepreneur widely known as The Most Famous Artist. His work explores the Internet’s impact on modern humanity and its disruptive relationship with the traditional art market.

“I learned about P.S. ARTS via my friend and colleague, Natalya Hudis.

I support P.S. ARTS because empowering the youth to be creative means a more vibrant and interesting social fabric for generations to come.”


WRDSMTH is a published author, screenwriter, former advertising copywriter, and an emerging LA-based street artist. Active in the street art community since December 2013, he’s made his mark in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, New Orleans, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Edinburgh, and Melbourne.

Given his ongoing desire to pay it forward and donate time and funds to charitable and creative endeavors, he met the folks at P.S. ARTS and the rest is history.

“Arts education means the future will be as creative and inspiring as the past — if not more so. And that is a very good thing.”

Elyse Wyman
Born in L.A., Elyse Wyman earned her BA in Fine Arts from UCLA where she studied with Richard Diebenkorn, Jan Stussy and Llyn Foulkes. She pursued dual careers in graphic design and fine art.

As a graphic artist she worked at A&M Records, and later designed for American Ballet Theatre, American Film Institute and Women In Film among others. Her work has appeared at TAG Gallery, Los Angeles Art Association Gallery 825, ArtSpace Gallery, the Mendocino Art Center and Contemporary Art of the Ruhr, Germany.

“I was introduced to P.S. ARTS by its extraordinary CEO, Dr. Kristen Greer-Paglia.

Arts education should be considered indispensable to every child’s schooling. A grounding in the arts opens not only our eyes to the greater world around us, but stimulates understanding and learning on every level.”

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Spotlight on the pARTy! 2016 Design Community

on May 4, 2016 Comments Off on Spotlight on the pARTy! 2016 Design Community

It’s P.S. ARTS’ 25th anniversary and to celebrate we are launching “the pARTy!,” a new fundraiser that embodies one of our core organizational values — to inspire creativity and confidence in the students we serve. This event will offer guests an evening of innovation, imagination, and play for adults — all to support our public school arts education programs. 

We are so grateful for the support of our Design Community who serve as ambassadors for our mission to improve children’s lives through arts education. They are firm believers that every child should have the chance to experience art, regardless of circumstance.  As a thank you, we wanted to include a special feature about the designers who are a part of this year’s show and share why arts education is so important to them!

Barondes MorrisElizabeth Barondes and Kelly Morris of Barondes Morris Design
The Barondes Morris Design team creates inviting interiors in a distinctive range of styles. Influenced by Elizabeth’s interest in contemporary architecture and Kelly’s passion for European antiquities, the firm’s unique approach fuses a variety of inspirations to achieve timeless, sophisticated spaces with unexpected twists.

“We feel exposure to the arts is a vital part of any well-rounded curriculum encouraging experimentation, imagination, and self-expression. It is an honor for us to support P.S. ARTS’ mission to improve the lives of children in underserved communities by providing arts education year after year.”

Robina Benson HeadshotRobina Benson of Niche Beverly
Situated in the world famous West Hollywood Design District, Niche Beverly is a finely curated showroom helmed by international designer Robina Benson. World-renowned designers such as Paola Lenti, Kettal, Roda, Missoni Home as well as unexpected gems such as Vittorio Bonacina and Arflex are exclusively represented at Niche. With exclusive access to luxury furniture and art brands everywhere, Niche is a full service gallery that prides itself in design, culture, and the lifestyle.

“After following the “Spotlight on the 2015 LA Modernism Design Committee” very closely last year, I was beyond impressed by the work, education, and dedication I saw beaming from the team. I knew it was something I needed to be a part of. I must agree with Peter Dunham in his thoughts on the role of art, it is the very thing that continues to push us forward.

I support P.S. ARTS because I support dreams. Art is not optional, and it must be respected as the father of progression. I understand the importance of educating both the young and the old on the importance of art. People limit art to painting, but if we really opened the doors to the versatility of art, that’s where boundaries are broken. History, math, science, reading- all based on principles of art. Art is the creation that holds us all together.”

KristenBuckinghamKristen Buckingham
Kristen Buckingham is a Los Angeles based designer that brings a distinctly fresh take to designing interiors, putting tasteful personality back into the home.  Her showroom, KB located in the La Cienega Design Quarter,  is a curated mix of antique and vintage furniture and accessories, textiles, custom lighting, art and Kristen’s own line, KB Bespoke.

“I think the arts are one of the most important subject fields for young people.  Whether it be drama, dance, music, or visual arts, I think that it is important for young people to know different ways of expressing themselves creatively and emotionally.”




Melanie-Charlton-200x300Melanie Charlton of Clos-ette
CEO and Creative Director Melanie Charlton is considered the founding mother of high-end custom closets.  Since launching Clos-ette almost 15 years ago, she has worked with over 500 clients worldwide to design, build, and organize the most beautiful bespoke closets around.  To her, closets and their accessories aren’t just a place to park your wardrobe.  They’re her life’s work.

“The simplest answer for me is: art is good for you.  It is good for transforming individuals, communities, and economies.  Every person we encounter, every day, whether family or stranger, has a story worth sharing and those expressions in paint or words or music are our legacy. I support P.S. ARTS because their organization helps ensure our heritage is rich in voice.”


Elizabeth Dinkel Headshot_sqElizabeth Dinkel of Elizabeth Dinkel Design Associates, INC.
Elizabeth Dinkel is recognized by House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Interiors, Veranda and California Homes as one of America’s leading interior designers. Her classic signature style is described as timeless yet modern and unexpected.  With her creative use of color and her eclectic mix of new and old, she has risen to the top of her field. Established in 2001, Elizabeth Dinkel Design Associates is a full service design firm specializing in high end-residential projects.  Elizabeth’s clients value her attention to detail, her enthusiastic energy and her deep understanding of their lifestyle and needs.


Annette-Headshot 09.10.09Annette English of Annette English and Associates
Annette English is celebrated for the bold, original and immaculately appointed residential and commercial interiors she creates for discerning clientele, from Southern California to Paris and all the way to her native Australia.  Known for creating elegant, comfortable designs that expertly channel her clients’ desires, Annette’s achievements can be seen in a variety of homes and businesses, from those of film and music stars to high-ranking CEOs to political and cultural leaders—all of whom luxuriate in Annette’s innate ability to manage every aspect of even intensely complex projects. Annette English and Associates has enjoyed a sterling 18+ year reputation as the go-to design house for the international and Hollywood elite.

“Arts education is a vital part of a well-rounded education.  No child should be denied the joy that comes from expressing themselves through art.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance and support I received in school, and I wouldn’t want any child to go without that experience. That is why I support P.S. ARTS  and all of the great work they do.”

OLIVER-M-FURTH-PORTRAIT-high-res-1-191x300Oliver M. Furth
Native Los Angeleno and fourth generation Californian, Interior Designer Oliver M. Furth is a fixture in his city’s design and cultural communities.  In addition to his design practice, Furth consults for The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and is the Chair of their Decorative Arts and Design Council.  Furth’s design projects and philanthropic work for the design community have received accolades from across his field, including in The Wall Street Journal, Elle Décor, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and C Magazine.

“Art is what pushes society forward.  What better place to start pushing than with the youth in our community?”




Thomas Lavin HeadshotThomas Lavin

Thomas Lavin is a leader in bringing an international range of exclusive high-end home furnishings, fabrics, wall coverings, lighting and accessories to his showrooms in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood and the Laguna Design Center. The Los Angeles tastemaker and showroom impresario represents some of the home furnishings industry’s blockbuster lines, including Christian Liaigre, Dakota Jackson, Magni Home, and MAYA Romanoff wall coverings. His showrooms attract designers with a broad range of clients as well as high-profile celebrities including Cindy Crawford, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Steve Martin and Ellen Pompeo.

“I was introduced to P.S. ARTS through a party many years ago.

Life without art can neither be whole and complete nor fully self-expressed. Arts education provides us access to our psyche in ways that nothing else can: it enlivens, delights, and inspires. Without art, society would be dull.”

Ferrick Mason HeadshotAlex Mason of Ferrick Mason
Alex K. Mason and Brian Ferrick established the Los Angeles-based home interior textile collection Ferrick Mason in 2008.  Ferrick Mason is based on the original artwork of Alex K. Mason, whose paintings have been placed in hotels from the Four Seasons in Mexico City to the Atlantis in Dubai. Ferrick Mason is sold throughout the United States and in London, Singapore, Germany, and New Zealand.  Ferrick Mason designs appear in House Beautiful, Town & Country, World of Interiors, Luxe Magazine, and many other magazines.

“Visual and performing arts should be an integral part of every child’s education.  I fell in love with art in elementary school, and it is the one subject that kept me truly engaged.  I can’t imagine my educational experience without the arts.  P.S. ARTS means that no matter what your social economic background is, you have a chance to express yourself, explore the arts, and maybe even become an artist!”

Todd Nickey Amy Kehoe by Chris Patey October 2014 ReducedTodd Nickey and Amy Kehoe of Nickey Kehoe
Nickey Kehoe is the collaboration between designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe. Together the Los Angeles based team lays claim to a versatile design studio and busy retail shop which houses their growing NK furniture collection alongside vintage furnishings and accessories sourced from around the world.

Todd’s background is in retail design with experience at Ralph Lauren and Theory while Amy stems from the hospitality world at Starwood Hotels. They were introduced by mutual friends in New York in 1999 and quickly became close friends. The duo relocated to Los Angeles separately but reunited to launch their namesake firm in 2004. Their aesthetic has been shaped by a diverse range of experiences and is defined by a warmth and friendliness, a tangible element in their approachable yet informed designs. Ultimately, they pride themselves on not being the writers of the story, but rather the editors – each space defined by its owners’ individual perspective remaining both imaginative and curated, intuitive and artful.

“To quote Elbert Hubbard, ‘Art is not a thing; it is a way.’ Art opens a world many children don’t have access to, enriching and developing young minds and future artists. Whether music or painting or dance, art complements the math and sciences by strengthening these skills in creative and tangible ways. How better to help develop successful individuals than by supporting a program that fosters the passion for creating, making, and inspiring?”

Lindsay Pennington HeadshotLindsay Pennington of Lindsay Pennington Inc.
Lindsay Pennington, a Los Angeles-based decorator, was born and raised in the South.  She moved to California nearly a decade ago, where she began cultivating her particular brand of classically designed and comfortable spaces.  A former corporate lawyer, Lindsay provides her clients the highest levels of attention to detail and professionalism.  Her creative blend of colors, textures, finishes, and details attract a clientele ranging from Los Angeles to New York City.

“Arts education is critical for young minds to build confidence in their ability to express a unique point of view.  Being comfortable with openly sharing your artistic and creative perspective is necessary for success in so many fields, from architecture, fashion, and interior design to technology, filmmaking, and entrepreneurial business.  More importantly, arts education sets the foundation for children to manifest their individuality anywhere and everywhere.  I’m proud to support P.S. ARTS in their important mission to provide all children with access to high-quality arts instruction.”

Karen Putman HeadshotKaren Putman of P2 Design
Karen Putman is a native to Southern California who draws inspiration from a diverse clientele and world travels to create the quintessential custom home.  Her work has been featured in Traditional Home, Architectural Digest, Angelino, and Luxe. Karen’s approach to architecture and design is a collaborative effort that combines form, function, space, light and flow to enhance daily activities and create positive living environments.

“Arts education is essential in child development.  It is a means for young minds to blossom and express themselves freely in many different forms.  It teaches one to think outside the box and expand their horizons to seek new possibilities to communicate and create.  P.S. ARTS helps provide every child the privilege of this great opportunity!”

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Dear Superheroes…

on February 12, 2016 Comments Off on Dear Superheroes…

A Message for Team P.S. ARTS from Dr. Kristen Paglia, CEO

My first year as CEO kicked off with the 2015 LA Marathon. It was an apt beginning, foreshadowing the long road ahead packed with both daunting and thrilling moments. During the marathon and as a new CEO, there were times I felt discouraged and inadequate and times when I felt like I had finally gotten into a groove. As fate would have it, my professional transition coincided with my husband working on several superhero-genre writing projects. That, plus having a ten year-old boy and an unprecedented number of excellent superhero movies and TV shows that came out last year, resulted in me spending a lot of time watching the world get saved and thinking about what it takes to do the saving. One night when I was feeling particularly exhausted and defeated by our behemoth public school system, I collapsed in front of The Avengers just at the scene when The Hulk is smashing bad guy and Norse God Loki into oblivion to help save humankind and notes that he is a “puny” God. It made me feel much better to be reminded that no matter how powerful and invincible a destructive force seems, one day someone will be angry, brave, and persistent enough to defeat it.

Now, admittedly, reveling in a fantasy of pummeling out of touch school district bureaucrats into compliance with Federal law stipulating that all children are entitled to an arts education is both worrisomely obsessive and not exactly the approach I want to teach my children. That got me thinking too… The Hulk’s tactics don’t exactly scream superhero, change agent, or leader, but he does get results. The Hulk doesn’t exactly come from a place of altruistic idealism — and he’s cranky! It occurred to me then that most iconic superheroes aren’t idealists or even necessarily very nice people; even mild mannered Clark Kent has baggage. More than being perfect people, superheroes have in common a keen sense of justice and the capacity to make a difference. I recalled my favorite line from The Incredibles, when (in a moment of frustration) Mr. Incredible says, “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved!”

On a massively smaller scale, I relate. My staff, faculty, Board of Trustees, and I are not always the idealists and great believers in humanity people may imagine we are. We come home tired and discouraged from the monumental effort of making our schools better, and the problem of educational inequity and the lack of arts in schools is still not fixed! We get angry and pushed to the end of our tolerance. Aside from not having super strength, we’re not so different from The Hulk. So why do we keep coming back? What keeps us going? I think it is the same thing that keeps The Hulk and all those other superheroes going. They know that something bad will happen if they don’t. That’s why we all give so much to P.S. ARTS. To keep something bad from happening to thousands of kids who deserve better.

So, the most important lesson I learned my first year as CEO of P.S. ARTS, is that idealism, vision, values, and hard work go a long way, but being a change agent also involves a fair amount of angst and pain. As I embark on my second LA Marathon and second year as P.S. ARTS’ CEO, I strive to get more comfortable with the fact that challenging undertakings mean being physically and emotionally pushed to the limits. Also, in light of my lack of superpowers, I will strive for the fortitude and creativity to come up with more sustainable (and perhaps less illegal) strategies for saving the world than bashing our ever-renewing foe into an alternate universe. Our greatest superpower, in fact, is our community. I cannot express enough my deep gratitude for P.S. ARTS’ many thoughtful and generous supporters who keep showing up to the fight. This weekend, as you run, walk, or cheer from the sidelines, know that you are a modern superhero and your collective contributions will, one fine day, lead to a world that stays saved.

Support Team P.S. ARTS!

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