P.S. Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting art education to underserved communities. Anymatic has been a long time supporter of this worthy cause, and we have been active participants in their fundraising efforts. You might recall that recently our founder, Maryl Georgi, was on the event committee for P.S. Arts L.A. Modernism opening night. That event brought in many celebrities and artists who showed up to support art education in public schools. Here’s Maryl with Karen Putman of P2 Design. You can read more about the April 2015 event in this post.
Why support P.S. Arts? Just check out their mission statement:
P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day. Without our programs, children in these underfunded school districts would not have access to the arts. P.S. ARTS also coordinates with school administrators and parent groups to provide community outreach services designed to increase the community’s capacity to advocate for educational equity and to provide critical cultural experiences for the entire family. P.S. ARTS programs help level the educational playing field by teaching creative and cognitive skills to students struggling to overcome economic, ability, or literacy barriers that will better equip them to be competitive and successful people.
As creative people, we understand well the importance of art in school and want to contribute as much as possible to efforts to make fine art programs available to kids in public schools. Every November, P.S. Arts holds a fundraising event, and this year’s event was “Express Yourself 2015”. The event, held in Santa Monica on November 15th, was a star studded fundraiser that welcome attendees and their children. One of the actors in attendance, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton, shared this thought: “When you encourage a kid to think creatively and you open the door to them having fun doing things, they can apply that to other subjects, they can apply that to other aspects of their life that might otherwise feel like work.”
In addition to Howerton, others who supported P.S. ARTS at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on Nov. 15 included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Jason Bateman, Lisa Kudrow, Joel McHale, Molly Sims, James & Kimberly Van Der Beek, , Jenna Elfman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Elizabeth Berkley, and Jason George, to name just a few of those in attendance. A great night spent raising funds for an incredibly important cause, art education in our schools.