The pARTy! 2018 Preview: Robert Vargas, The Unincorporated Life, JUST WATER, BuzzBox, E!

on May 3, 2018 Comments Off on The pARTy! 2018 Preview: Robert Vargas, The Unincorporated Life, JUST WATER, BuzzBox, E!

The pARTy! is tomorrow! Here is our last sneak peek at a few of the exciting studios and sponsors that are making it a real party! There are only a few spots left; have you bought your tickets yet?


Robert Vargas

Portraits by Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas is a Los Angeles based portrait artist and muralist. Past portrait subjects have included Kate Hudson, Snoop Dogg, and William H. Macy, but you may recognize his work from the many murals he has installed in DTLA. He is also an avid supporter of arts in schools! Watch this video of Robert doing a lightning fast portrait in an East L.A. school.

Robert is offering FIVE live portrait sessions during the event. Book your session before they are gone!

 


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.

We are excited to have The Unincorporated Life back at The pARTy! to guide guests through sewing their own bow-ties or clutches.


E!

E! is the official media sponsor for The pARTy! and we are so grateful to the entire E! team for being outstanding advocates for P.S. ARTS and for arts education.
 

“We are big fans and proud supporters of P.S. ARTS! We believe that every student should have access to quality arts education–the freedom to discover, believe, and create is essential in every child’s life.”
– E! Entertainment


We’re excited to invite JUST WATER to The pARTy! as the official still water sponsor!

“Thank you, P.S. ARTS, for giving children the opportunity to discover themselves and their potential through theater, music, dance, and visual art education. Your services are essential to the livelihood of LA communities and we are proud to partner with you!”
– The JUST Team


We’re excited to invite buzzbox to The pARTy! as the official cocktail sponsor!

 

 

“Buzzbox premium cocktails is proud to support P.S. ARTS and the incredible work they do, providing a well-rounded and creative learning environment for public school students through high-quality dance, music, theater, and visual arts education.”


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P.S. ARTSThe pARTy! 2018 Preview: Robert Vargas, The Unincorporated Life, JUST WATER, BuzzBox, E!

The pARTy! 2018 Preview: On View at MAF, Delta, Heritage Auctions

on April 27, 2018 Comments Off on The pARTy! 2018 Preview: On View at MAF, Delta, Heritage Auctions

With The pARTy! less than two weeks away, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at a few of the exciting studios and sponsors that are making it a real party! Have you bought your tickets yet?


Marciano Art Foundation Tour

Marciano Art Foundation Tour

Join us for a tour of the galleries! At scheduled times throughout the night, the Marciano Art Foundation’s docents will guide us through the galleries as we explore the latest displays from The Marciano Collection. This collection of works spans all media and includes a variety of international as well as local artists. Some highlights include artworks by Garth Weiser, Jacqueline Humphries, George Condo, and Rashid Johnson. Support our arts education programs while learning through theirs! Come experience the artwork up-close and after-hours.


Delta Air Lines has long been committed to supporting P.S. ARTS and art education. Whether it is at an Art Booth during Express Yourself, on the runway at LAX with hundreds of public school children enjoying Holiday in the Hangar, in a classroom, reading to students on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, or at The pARTy!, we can always count on Delta to make the experience unique and fun for everyone.

“Delta believes that supporting the arts and education is vital to healthy, thriving communities. We are proud to support P.S. ARTS and the work they do to create a better future for L.A. kids through a quality arts education program.”
– Ranjan Goswami, Vice President, Los Angeles & Sales – West


We’re excited to invite Heritage Auctions to The pARTy! as the official wine sponsor!

 

“Arts education is an important part of a child’s learning experience. Heritage Auctions is proud to support P.S. ARTS and their mission to provide high-quality programming to children across Southern California.”


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The pARTy! 2018 Preview: Poem Store, Modern Times Beer, The Herb Alpert Foundation

on April 19, 2018 Comments Off on The pARTy! 2018 Preview: Poem Store, Modern Times Beer, The Herb Alpert Foundation

With The pARTy! less than three weeks away, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at a few of the exciting studios and sponsors that are making it a real party! Have you bought your tickets yet?


Poem Store with Jacqueline Suskin

Jacqueline Suskin is a writer and performance poet based in Los Angeles. Known for her ongoing multidisciplinary work with a project she calls Poem Store, Suskin composes improvisational poetry for patrons who choose both a topic and a price in exchange for a unique verse. She regularly brings poetry into classrooms around the country and was honored by Michelle Obama at the White House as a Turnaround Artist. Poem Store will be offering improvised poetry on-site at The pARTy! based on the topic of your choice.

When P.S. ARTS reached out for me to be involved with pARTy! I accepted the invitation as an honor. I’m in full support of any program that nurtures artistic expression and the P.S. ARTS community does just that and then some. I’m excited to bring the craft of poetry to this inspiring event!


Modern Times Beer

We’re excited to invite our new LA neighbors, Modern Times Beer, to The pARTy! as the official beer sponsor!

Modern Times is employee-owned and prides itself on a series of tried and true, tasty beverages while also testing the boundaries of beer making in experimental pilot batches. From the origin of their name (a utopian community on Long Island) to their approach to beer making, Modern Times is a shining example of artistry in beer form.

As huge believers in the life-affirming and world-enriching power of art, we couldn’t be more excited to support P.S. ARTS, who are providing crucial educational opportunities to children who need it.


The Herb Alpert Foundation

The Herb Alpert Foundation has been a committed supporter of P.S. ARTS since our beginning. The Foundation believes that an early experience in the arts can enhance a child’s critical thinking skills and ability to be creative in all aspects of life. Through the arts, they believe children are able to harness their unique creative spirit and grow to become vital and compassionate members of their community. We are thrilled to have The Herb Alpert Foundation as a Clay Sponsor for The pARTy!

The arts have the unique ability to transform lives and allow us to recognize our shared humanity. The Herb Alpert Foundation is a proud sponsor of the pARTY! and the award-winning arts programs that P.S. ARTS provides.


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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 psarts.org/party-tickets, but only 13 bracelets remain on a first-come, first-served basis!

Libertine
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
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

Paints & PintsPaints & Pints

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 soblur.com) 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

P&P_Hosts

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!

 

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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.


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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 www.MuirRanch.org.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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P.S. ARTSSpotlight on the pARTy! 2016 Studios