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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!

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.

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

Tony Jagoda Arts LA!

Tony Jagoda "I Art LA" screen

Here’s the screen by LA Artist & Graphic Designer Tony Jagoda. We all love his stuff, and get a kick out of how different his graphic design work is from his illustration style. His book, magazine, and other layout design is super tight with super attention to detail typography. While his illustration style is completely no inhibitions and organic. How awesome is that?

He got his degree in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, headed to NY for a couple of years,  moved back to San Francisco to teach, and then moved to L.A. when an awesome opportunity arose. He’s currently back in school to get his masters degree.

You can see Tony’s kick ass work at his website here: CLICK

Adam Flores Arts LA

AdamFlores "I Art LA" screen

Check out the screen of the “I Art LA” design by Adam Flores . Very very rad. Super nice guy who does incredible work. Very detailed and organic. You can basically just google his name and you’ll come across TONS of rad stuff he’s done.

Adam received his BFA from the Academy of Art University in 2009. He has since gained international recognition exhibiting thorough out Australia, Germany, Denmark, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

You can read a really sweet interview with him here: CLICK

He has a solo show at Gallery Heist right now, called FROM THERE TO HERE running June 5th-June 27th. If you’re up in San Francisco you should totally check it out! Gallery Link with more info here: CLICK

WISE Time.

The screens for our fundraising/awareness campaign are getting made fast and furious style. This is the screen for the t-shirt design of WISE (aka Michael Delahaut). Part of The Seventh Letter Crew and Known Gallery. WISE is basically the nicest guy you’ll ever meet! Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he’s been involved in the early graffiti scene here since 1984. He’s also been a super supporter of The Center, by getting some of his other Seventh Letter and Known Gallery peeps on board.

You can check out more of his awesome work here: CLICK