Category Archives: Fundraising

And Our Fundraising Campaign in LIVE!

Here it is boys and girls. Our very first fundraising campaign. “I Art LA”. We’ve got a kick butt viral video, and a bunch of “I Art LA” tees designed by different awesome LA artists. Buy a tee or just straight donate. Every dollar helps. And spread the word!!! Blog the video, put it on your facebook, twitter the tweet out of it. When you donate or buy a shirt TELL PEOPLE that you have. Your support can only encourage other people to join in this movement. We can’t do this alone we NEED your help.

Did you know that there are over 14.8 million people in Los Angeles? Did you know that if half, just half of those people donated $1, yes, one dollar to The Center we’d be up and running for the next 15.9 YEARS! Off of a dollar for every other person. So lets do this people!

Let’s bring art to ALL of LA!

And just so you know, this is the kind of money we need to raise:

Includes building the 60 seat performance theater, dance studio, silkscreening studio, and visual arts station. Removal of ugly security bars and installation of roll up security grates, exterior paint job and repair, interior paint job and repair, design, fire extinguishers, permits, landscaping, and much much much more.

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT – Dance : $287.97
Includes mops, specialty cleaner, mop bucket, etc for the year.

Includes piano, piano tuning, DJ station with mikes, turntables, etc…

Includes gallons and gallons of ink, screens, cleaner, rubber gloves, wet media acetate, srub pads, ink containers, screenprinting pens, tape, and more.

Includes kid brushes, teen and adult brushes (different brushes for different mediums), acrylic paint for kids, acrylic paint for teens and adults, Paint Palettes that hold 6 colors, paint palettes that hold 10 colors, oil paint, linseed oil, Turpenoid Natura, sketch boards, various charcoals (over 144 sticks), rubber erasers, drawing pads, sketch pads, kid scissors, adult scissors, canvases, primed wood panels, various drawing pencils (Pack of 144, 6B, 4B, 2B, B, HB, 2H), pencil sharpeners, glue, bristol pads, Rolls of 36′ x 1000 ft utility paper in various colors, newsprint sheets and rolls, construction paper, craft cups, craft sticks, feathers, pipe cleaners, felt, tissue paper, and of course goggly eyes and more.

Includes xerox machine, office supplies, wireless router, 2 computers, microsoft office, iwork, printed materials, internet, web hosting, utilities, salaries, health insurance, building insurance, volunteer insurance, event insurance, general liability, workers comp, legal services, fundraising/marketing/advertising/promotion, and more.

Did you know, we actually have this priced out down to the penny. Our budget plan looks more like a shopping list. For example 16’ Dance Barre with 3 double/adjustable chrome brackets is $397.50, 2-Ikea Expedit Bookcases for people to store their backpacks and shoes in for the Dance Studio are $99 each. Kneaded Rubber Erasers for the drawing classes, (they’re for charcoal and pencil) are $.99 each at the 2-1/8” x 2-1/8” x 3/8 size. We figure we’ll go through 50 of that size in a year which equals out to $49.50. This is how we did our budget. We priced out down to the penny every item we could.


Woo Hoo!

You may be wondering what this is a picture of… Well it’s me, (Jess) walking to my car in the wee hours after spending a bunch of hours at Aaron’s house where we busted ass on this fundraising campaign. We are so darn close. The shopping cart, (so all you nice folks can buy sweet “I Art LA” tees) is now working and oh so pretty. Worked on html for the website to get the campaign in gear, a lot of photoshopping, design, uploading and so on. I’ve got a very short to-do list for tomorrow, well I guess it’s “this” morning and we’ll be ready to launch our very first fundraising campaign. Let’s do this people! Lets get a building and start doing cool stuff!

After months of work we are so so so close….

We Need a Building

The more we get out and about, the more we research, the more firmly I believe we need a large building. It’s the only way we can offer the kinds of classes and events we want and to be the kind of center for the arts that we want to be. Michael’s been researching community events as well as arts in the area. He sent me this article from January of 2001 about a music program for kids in South LA. CLICK: Sweet Strings in South Central L.A.

It sounds like it was an amazing program.

“By October 2000 there were 60 kids in the program and 100 more on the waiting list”

“Was” though, because for the life of me I can’t find any kind of current information or website about it.

And here’s the thing. This isn’t easy. Building a center for the arts, or even offering just one class. It takes a lot of people, a bunch of time, and a TON of research. We accomplish great things by working together and sharing knowledge with each other. This is how we build a sustainable community. And of course, make friends. When we work together the load becomes lighter. If we have a building, then other smaller groups have a place they can use as well. Whether it’s for one or two classes that a smaller non-profit or person wants to offer, or a sewing circle, or some kind of group meeting.

It’d be so much easier to raise a couple thousand bucks and just get a small store front sized space. But that isn’t the plan. We wouldn’t be able to have events, and we wouldn’t be able to offer classes in ALL the art fields. We’ve built our budget and are raising funds for a 60 seat theater for events and performances, a dance studio, a silkscreening studio, and a visual arts station and music station. We’re going big, because that’s the only way we can do this right. Small dreams give us small things. Big dreams big things. And we’re going big here people.

Please donate anything you can to help us accomplish this dream.

July Artwalk!

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This month we had a booth at the Downtown LA Artwalk. It was awesome! Met a bunch of really nice people and did some fundraising with our “I Art LA” tees designed by awesome local LA Artists. We even were interviewed by local TV. (We’ll let you know if/when it airs!)

This being our first fundraising booth, (and not a happy craft time booth) we learned some really good lessons for next month. One, we need to make it more clear that we’re fundraising to build a center for the arts in south LA, (ie: that we’re fundraising, we’re not a vendor) and two we should have more better signage about who the LA Artists are that donated their designs.

All in all, it was pretty rad and we’ll do it again.

Briefcase Ready

briefcase presentation

Last Thursday our Director and Founder met with Deputy Randi Tahara in the office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas:

Meeting her was such a pleasure. All of us working on the proposal assumed we’d get about 15 minutes of her time. Instead, I was in Randi’s office for an hour. As an actress herself, she is very involved in the arts world, not just professionally but personally.

Going forward, we’ll turn in a shortened 2-3 page proposal on the funding we’re asking for. Positive thinking!

A big thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the presentation! You guys did awesome.


And on the heels of this last meeting we’ve finally heard back from Bernard C. Park’s office and have a meeting scheduled with them this coming Thursday! Balls rolling!

Three Legged Legs

Just saw the reference packet for what will be our viral video for our awareness/fundraising campaign. (A reference packet is initial thoughts, direction, images and sketches.) Super stoked!  Tiffany Stark, copywriter of awesomeness, wrote a wonderful script and the guys at Three Legged Legs are making it come to life. These guys are amazingly talented and so very nice to do a pro bono project like this. Their work is killer and we’re on the exact same page for how the video should be.

They were our number one choice of who we wanted to make the video, and we’re all so very excited that they said yes!

They’ll have a rough of it by the end of the week and we can’t wait to see it.

You can see more of their work here:

Love them!

Making Tees

We’re working on an awesome awareness/fundraising campaign, which we’ll launch in June. As part of the fundraising different LA Artists are designing “I ART LA” shirts for us. This is Aaron Onsurez’s t-shirt design. Rad! You can check out more of Aaron’s amazing illustrations here: CLICK

Burned the screen last night.