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:
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:
Look how easy we made it for you!
Last week I met with Leni from the LA Philharmonic. She is so nice. We were email introduced by Terence from LA Stage Alliance. She had seen our viral video, and asked him about the project.
The LA Phil is doing this really neat program right now called YOLA. Their vision is to build youth orchestras in ‘underserved communities’. Right up our alley. When we get a building *ah the magic phrase* then this program has additional space to offer classes. How cool is that? You can read more about The LA Phil program here: link
So, in meeting with Leni she pointed out something we’ve come to realize, a lot of starting non-profits have a business partner. There’s usually the creative team and then someone with more of a real estate background who has a lot more of the connections to funding.
It’s not impossible to do this without one, but it really does help. Inner City Arts had a similar set-up when they started. The founders were Bob Bates (Co-Founder and still Artistic Director) and Irwin J. Jaeger (Co Founder). Bob was the professional artist and Irwin was the business guy with real estate experience. There’s even a quote on their website
“You pay the bills and I’ll teach the classes.”
Bob Bates to Irv Jaeger
Inner-City Arts Co Founders, 1989
So we’re keeping our eyes out. If anyone out there has this kind of experience and would like to help, please let us know.
I’m going to be meeting with Bob Bates of Inner-City Arts tomorrow and am super excited. The set-up of Inner-City Arts is very similar to what we’re going for. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to talk to an individual who has founder and continuing experience of a successful arts center.
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….
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
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