Category Archives: I Art LA

James Jean, amazing artist and supporter of art.

James Jean

The amazing artist James Jean (who designed an “I Art LA” tee for us) was interviewed for a really great article. It even has photos of his studio and artwork! Check it out here:
http://www.arrestedmotion.com/2011/02/studio-visits-james-jean-rebus-martha-otero/

His “I Art LA” tee is one of our best selling and has paid for a lot of art supplies!

Buy one yourself and support art and the youth of LA!!!

Here’s a straight link to his t-shirt:
http://www.thecentersouthla.bigcartel.com/product/bat

Look how easy we made it for you!

Art Reduces Crime. And more!

Intersections : The South Los Angeles Report posted an article “Mark Ridley-Thomas has proposal for juvenile justice reform” a couple days ago. It read:

About 20,000 young people are on probation in Los Angeles County right now, and more than 40 percent of these youths will head right back to jail. Board Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas commissioned a report on making transition back into society more successful, and it makes some serious charges.

“We need to be smart about reentry,” Ridley-Thomas said.

The report found that some county juvenile detention camps have good reentry programs; some, but not all. The programs make sure that young people have a safe place, healthcare, addiction treatment, a support system and a plan for avoiding gang life before they leave. But the report argues that these transition services need to become institutionalized.

The researchers pointed to a few exemplary Los Angeles-based organizations as models for the Department of Corrections.

Well all we can say over here is: Don’t forget about art!!!

Art can lower crime, dropout rates, behavioral problems and more. And it’s signifigantly cheaper than the alternatives.  Here are the facts:

In the STAR program in Florida “each participant in Florida’s arts intervention program is only $850 per year—compared with as much as $28,000 per youth in the typical juvenile boot camp.”

And the Outcome of the STAR program: At the start of the STARS Program, 75& of the children were making less than a C average; now 80% are making a C average or better. Since the program’s inception, juvenile crime has dropped 28%, and for youth ages 11 and 12, the rate of recidivism has dropped 64%.

In Washington there’s the Experimental Gallery. Their goal is to teach responsible citizenship through the arts and the humanities. Their program offers workshops in creative writing, painting, drama, graphic design, sculpture, and videography are led by community artists and humanities scholars.

The Outcome of the Experimental Gallery: students in the Experimental Gallery overcome their behavioral problems by 75% and are 50% less likely to commit another crime.

In the words of Richard Romley, Maricopa County District Attorney in
Arizona, “As a prosecutor, I know that crime prevention pays far greater
dividends than prosecution. To this end, I make RICO funds available to
after-school arts and social programs for at-risk children that stimulate
imagination, develop skills and contribute to character development.
Children whose hearts and minds are nourished and challenged in
wholesome ways—such as by art, dance, theater, and sports—are much less
likely to succumb to the lure of crime.”

I could really go on with facts and statistics like this for days. Art affects us and our communities in so many positive ways. What I’d really love is for The Center : South LA to be able to be a part of statistic reporting like this. We’re doing what we can without a permanent space. And I’m proud of what we’ve done so far. But with some funding we could do SO MUCH MORE!!! Funding to pay for a space of our own. We’ve have amazing teachers ready and willing to teach great classes like graphic design, silkscreening, dance, etc… But classes like this require a space of our own.

Donate, please. Let’s do more.

You can email Mark Ridley-Thomas here: markridley-thomas@bos.lacounty.gov

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:

BUILDING RENOVATION COSTS: $245,469.25
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.

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT – MUSIC : $1,763.65
Includes piano, piano tuning, DJ station with mikes, turntables, etc…

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT – SILKSCREENING STUDIO: $7,860.18
Includes gallons and gallons of ink, screens, cleaner, rubber gloves, wet media acetate, srub pads, ink containers, screenprinting pens, tape, and more.

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT – VISUAL ARTS : $8,988.98
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.

OPERATIONAL COSTS : $430,724
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….

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.

Marco Zamora Arts LA!

Marco Zamora I ART LA t-shirt screen design

The Screen for Marco Zamora’s “I Art LA” tee. Awesome! You totally need to check out this guys work. Born in 1981. Marco Zamora works as an artist in Los Angeles, California. In 2004 he graduated from California Institute of the Arts, With a bachelor of Fine art. His work is a direct product of his inspiration, which includes urban conditions, the chaos of city life, youth culture, and the working class. Using the paintbrush to draw, his process begins by constructing an environment from his photographs. Figures are then conceptualized and added to fit his vision. The result creates a beautiful and complex tension between humankind and the urban landscape.

You can read about him and his downtown LA life in an interview that was done here: CLICK

And his portfolio site here: CLICK

SLICK Arts LA!

SLICK I Art LA screen

Here’s LA Artist SLICK’s “I Art LA” screen. SLICK, born Richard P Wyrgatsch II, was raised in Hawaii and then moved to LA when he was 18 years old to pursue a career in commercial art and escape prosecution for vandalism. It was at Otis Parsons where he stumbled into his crew K.II.S. (KIll to Succeed), one of LA’s most respected crews. It may have been his years as an airbrush artist in the 80’s, his formal training at Art Center of just his intuitive sense for dynamic composition that set his work apart from the rest in this fame driven sport we refer to as bombing.

Third Rail Clothing, Fuct, Shaolin Worldwide, and more recently, Dissizit! are companies Slick founded. Being that fashion is so closely knitted with the music and motion picture industries, he found himself spray painting on such projects as “Bill & Ted’s II”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Ocean’s 12” and “Fantastic 4” movies, “Pharcyde” and “Booya Tribe” albums and “Ice Cube”, “Ice T”, and “Red Hot Chili Peppers” videos just to name a few. He has worked with everyone from small independent recording artists to some of the biggest fish in the industry.

After all these years, Slick is still bombing, but now it’s mostly on canvases for galleries and legal murals commissions worldwide. Proving graff writers never die, they just get bufft.

You need to check out this guy’s website. It’s crazy awesome. He’s even won awards for it. here: CLICK