March 17, 2017 – New York City artist, Beth B, has known and worked with Lydia Lunch since they were teenagers. They grew up in the late 1970s New York music/film/art scene and brought their radical visions to the underground where they broke boundaries, both shocking and enticing their audiences with their uncensored music and films.
Together, they are now embarking on a Kickstarter campaign to fund a film documentary called LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over.
This project will capture the voice and visualize the extraordinary, outrageous work and life of spoken word artist and singer, Lydia Lunch. The film will follow Lydia on the road back to her hometown of Rochester, New York. On tour, backstage, and in interviews, this film will reveal the radical mind, the visceral music, and the edgy, philosophical, and humorous personality of Lydia Lunch.
Lydia Lunch is an icon/poet of the New York City No Wave art scene. In 1976 at the age of sixteen, a teenage runaway, Lydia Lunch, arrived in New York City inspired by the ravings of Lester Bangs in Creem Magazine. The Velvet Underground’s sarcastic wit, the glamour of the New York Dolls, and the poetic scat of Patti Smith’s Piss Factory all influenced her. In 1977, she founded the hugely influential No Wave band, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Lydia went on to star in legendary underground films like Beth B’s “Vortex” and Richard Kern’s “Fingered.”
Beth B is known for being one of the most recognized artists from the No Wave art scene of the 1970s. Her independent film called “Vortex” was a legend in underground film making. This was a time before the internet when films could only be screened with a 16mm projector. Beth B remains an icon of the New York City art scene.
This Kickstarter project seeks to raise $50,000 for Beth B to film Lydia on tour with her band, RETROVIRUS. Lydia will be performing her spoken word while Beth B will be interviewing pivotal people in Lydia’s life: people like Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and JG Thirwell from Fetus.
Please contribute! No contribution is too small! LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over, with its wit, honesty, balls out, mouth open attitude, will help us all to kick the ball forward, toward a future in which we truly have liberation of the mind and body and a new sense of healing from trauma.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Circus Magazine, the new film media outlet from Steve Shaw, founder and editor of treats! Magazine, presented the 89th Academy Awards luxurious black-tie party at the private residence of Jonas Tåhlin, CEO Absolut Elyx.
The exclusive event attracted over 500 guests and celebrities who came out to celebrate people in the fields of art and entertainment.
Circus Magazine, LA’s first consumer focused film title launching later this year, presented the Academy Awards red carpet and ceremony on Samsung screens throughout Jonas’ house, a beautiful sprawling Hollywood Hills estate.
Other partners for the event included Volvo who provided a fleet of new vehicles to escort guests to the venue, and Vaseline who provided the photo booth for guests to take ‘old Hollywood’ style photos as a memento of the night.
Guests started to arrive at 3:30pm. Chanel West Coast was one of the first celebrities to arrive, joining as the award show had just got started. Absolut Elyx provided delicious signature cocktails such as the Butterfly consisting of Elyx, jasmine tea, lemon and Lillet. Spencer Garrett was seen in all black with a pineapple Absolut Elyx pin on his jacket.
Sitting pretty as always was Julia Clancey in a beautiful bright pink and orange gown topped with a sparkling headband. Everyone was tuned into the Oscar viewing and astonished by the award mix up creating buzz all evening.
Internationally renowned health and fitness photographer Per Bernal’s well attended gallery opening in West Los Angeles was the talk of the town and THE art event of the season bringing some much needed and well deserved attention to the thriving LA art scene.
“Per Bernal is a world class photographer praised for his talents in capturing the strength and excellence of the human body, thus has garnered the nickname; “The Annie Leibovitz of the Fitness World.” This exhibition, aptly titled “Oh Shoot,” was an eclectic evening featuring photography, graffiti, street, and fine art. There were new works featured by Per Bernal and RISK. There was an unveiling of a portrait of action hero Dolph Lundgren, which was an incredible collaboration by Per and Risk. Guests viewed some politically correct art, right in time for the election, including the “Trump Wall,” featured on CNN and BBC, by Plastic Jesus and famous portraits by the late Pop Artist, Steve Kaufman. Additionally, it was truly an honor to be partnering with Artists for Trauma,” said Megan Phillips, the Founder of Sur le Mur. Phillips represents Bernal and other acclaimed artists in addition to offering art advisory and acquisitions, curating, and custom work.
“I have been a photographer for over 30 years and have shot close to 1000 fitness covers, which have been published worldwide. The opening of my US studio this past weekend was a dream come true, for me, and I now feel the freedom to explore my fine art photography, including celebrity portraiture. I find it very inspiring to work with other artists and I want my studio to be an artists’ colony, where creative minds and creative ideas can meet and merge together. Working with Megan Phillips, of Sur Le Mur, has given me tremendous momentum and she has encouraged me to expand my art and to take it to an entirely new level,” said Per Bernal.
Bernal also shot Artist For Trauma (AFT) Ambassadors Aaron Baker, Tamara Mena, and Steve Bogna for this opening exhibition. “I was impressed, overjoyed and proud for the AFT Ambassadors Adaptive Health & Fitness Models, Aaron, Tamara and Steve. Equally I was grateful to these brave and courageous individuals for trusting AFT and Per Bernal to present and represent them with respect and elegance. Each model exemplifies ‘The Power of the Human Spirit’, an intangible essence that is the key to the quality of life success for all of us. Per captured ‘this’ and ‘it’ communicated visually through the photos, their joyful spirit transcending beyond their physical challenges. We are grateful for the extraordinary opportunity to partner with Per Bernal and Megan Phillips of Sur le Mur. This strategic partnership is a perfect example of the signature, empowering adaptive arts & entertainment opportunities Artists for Trauma is proud to provide,” said Laura Sharpe, CEO and Founder of Artists For Trauma.
Attendees viewed photography and artworks by Per Bernal and his renowned peers who are a true Who’s Who’s of the art world such as Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, Glenn David, Unfukyourself and Black Brain.
Numerous celebrities, fitness gurus, actors, martial artists, renowned artists and VIPs are expected at this event such as Per Bernal, Megan Phillips, Founder of Sur le Mur, Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma, actors and martial artists Bianca Van Damme and Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you, GI Joe the Animated Series and Martial Arts and Wrestling Hall of Fame), and actors Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Robert Wall (Walker Texas Ranger, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Blade Runner), Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead), Rico E. Anderson (The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy), Jon Mack (Saw VI, Blunt Force Trauma), Anna Easteden (Two and A Half Men, Junkie), Katherine Kampko (Graceland, Trust No One), actor/filmmaker/on-air host Tyrone Tann (Lavanderia, Blooob, Stauros Entertainment), Ed Connors, former owner of the Golds Gym Franchise, Gudrun Giddings, Producer and President Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles, Samir Bannout, 1 time Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester, 1 time Classic Physique Mr. Olympia, Eric The Trainer, Hollywood Celebrity, noted artists Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Plastic Jesus, Geoff Melville and HRH Prince Davood Roostaei (Persian Qajar dynasty), renowned artist and founder of Cryptorealism, Dr. Sarah Brindle Ph.D of Inclusivity Clinical Consulting Services (ICCS), Dr. Mary Nasmyth, Co-Chief Medical Officer, CRI and Clinical Chief for Physical Medicine and Rehab at Cedars Sinai Hospital, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari and countless other VIPs.
This event is sponsored by Sur le Mur, Per Bernal, Artists For Trauma and Coco Taps by Vincent Zaldivar aka “CocoVinny.” Renowned artist Kelly Risk Graval summed up the evening perfectly by saying it was “good times.” Good times indeed!
Superheroes saved the day at Paris Comic Con. Angel Lopez and Kevin Cardona, founders of Fusion Designs Caricatures, and their crew Sandra Carrano, Amy Jimenez, Erick Macias, Alex Casanova, Sam Sellers, Chris Meesey and Damion Dunn flew all the way from LA to attend one of the most pop-cultured and artistic convention. They are talented artists who come from different backgrounds. Most of them worked at Universal Studios or Six Flags before conquering the world’s greatest conventions. Now they travel the world together and produce amazing caricatures and artworks.
Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of meeting Fusion Designs at Comic Con Paris 2016. They are approchable guys with a great sens of humour. Their booth atmosphere is laid-back and friendly. Although poorly located on the mezzanine of the convention center, they didn’t go unnoticed. Armed with pastels and air paint, they were busy drawing and connecting with the public.
“Caricature me like one of your French Girls” should have been how the quote goes. Because what’s more amazing than a piece of art done by a caricaturist. Portraits on oil canvases or photoshoots are overrated; caricatures are the real deal. Cheaper, faster and funnier, they bring something more to the picture. Moreover, their talent and the quality of their works are way higher than the usual caricatures you may find in the streets.
I had the honour of getting my caricature done by Chris Meesey (aka Meesimo). Trained by Tom Richmond and Ed Steckley, he is regarded as the most talented artist by his colleagues. Illustrator, caricaturist, painter… he wears many hats. He has published several books and produced comic books (Knucklehead Comics, SWALLOW, Extremities). On his website, you can check out his amazing artworks: http://meesimo.com
He is really easy to talk to. Everyone was gathering around, admiring the prodigy at work. Seeing the result of the caricature was impressive. The way he captures one’s personality in a caricature is rare.
Erick Macias and I got to talk and know each other while Chris was drawing me. “The most popular demand from people is to be drawn as Harley Quinn.”, Erick told me jokingly adding that they don’t seem to care how insane of a character she was. But that’s what caricatures are about, self-deprecation. Erick produces beautiful caricatures. He is a skilled and self-taught artist and knows the value of communicating with the person he is drawing.
Dustin Brown also had his caricature done by Chris. Here is his experience:
“I had the opportunity to get a Caricature drawn by Chris at the Paris Comic Con. Chris is a talented artist that draws caricatures for Fusion Designs. The Comic Con event was winding down on the the Sunday that I attended. Fusion Designs was busy drawing some of the people in attendance. Chris chatted with me as he drew. I asked him to make me a superhero. We decided Batman would be the best choice. Chris works so fast. I couldn’t see what he was drawing. We talked about comedy writers from Saturday Night Live and Chris’ experience as a caricature artist at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The end result was just amazing. Chris is truly a master level artist. I didn’t get a chance to speak with Chris after he showed me the drawing he made as he had to start on another one. I will cherish the drawing of me as Batman with an over sized chin. I’ll always remember the 2016 Paris Comic Con and the great day I had. All the people at Fusion Designs were so nice. It was such a great experience. “
The friendliness of the artists at Fusion Designs takes away the intimidating process of getting one’s caricature done. For 10 to 20 minutes, you get to sit, talk and laugh with the caricaturist. At the end, it feels like you have to say goodbye to an old friend.
Damion Dunn’s artworks were also spectacular. He worked at Universal Studios Hollywood as a caricature artist and is now illustrating and working with Fusion Designs. His drawings of futuristic, estranged creatures are fascinating. He has is own style and brings something unique to his caricatures. On his blog http://damion009.blogspot.fr, he shares his latest pieces and his love for art. He also showed us a caricature of the crew he had done as a gift. It allow us to see the Fusion Designs crew as one big family, passionate about what they are doing.
This Saturday night Marina Del Rey will be ablaze with tons of the most talented and edgy artists in town at the premiere opening of renowned celebrity photographer Per Bernal’s studio.
“Per Bernal is a world class photographer praised for his talents in capturing the strength and excellence of the human body, thus has garnered the nickname; “The Annie Leibovitz of the Fitness World.” This exhibition, aptly titled “Oh Shoot,” is an eclectic evening featuring photography, graffiti, street, and fine art. There will be new works featured by Per Bernal and RISK.
Dolph Lundgren will be unveiling his portrait, an incredible collaboration by Per and Risk. Get your vote on! Come view some politically correct art, in time for the election, including the “Trump Wall,” featured on CNN and BBC, by Plastic Jesus and famous portraits by the late Pop Artist, Steve Kaufman,” said Megan Phillips, the Founder of Sur le Mur. Phillips represents Bernal and other acclaimed artists in addition to offering art advisory and acquisitions, curating, and custom work.
“I have been a photographer for over 30 years and have shot close to 1000 fitness covers, which have been published worldwide. The opening of my US studio is a dream come true, for me, and I now feel the freedom to explore my fine art photography, including celebrity portraiture. I find it very inspiring to work with other artists and I want my studio to be an artists’ colony, where creative minds and creative ideas can meet and merge together. Working with Megan Phillips, of Sur Le Mur, has given me tremendous momentum and she has encouraged me to expand my art and to take it to an entirely new level,” said Per Bernal.
“It is an honor and a gift to join forces with world-renowned health & fitness photographer Per Bernal, and his international art manager Megan Phillips of Sur le Mur. Per Bernal is a lovely man, yet a powerfully driven artiste, focused on further experimentation to culture HIS expansion of creative vision. Congratulations, Per on your opening of the ‘Per Bernal Fine Art Photography Studio’ in Los Angeles, CA! Thank you for your generosity to Artists For Trauma (AFT) and for your heart eye with forward vision to respectfully photograph these selected AFT models in the context of inclusivity to the diverse world versions of health and fitness. Your test photographs clearly represent that trauma survivors are healthy, fun, cool, hip, athletic and sexy too!” said Laura Sharpe, CEO and Founder of Artists For Trauma.
Attendees will view photography and artworks by Per Bernal and his renowned peers who are a true Who’s Who’s of the art world such as Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, Glenn David, Unfukyourself and Black Brain.
Numerous celebrities, fitness gurus, actors, martial artists, renowned artists and VIPs are expected at this event such as Per Bernal, Megan Phillips, Founder of Sur le Mur, Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma, actors and martial artists Dolph Lundgren, Bianca Van Damme, Jackie Warner, (Fitness Coach at Work Out on Bravo), Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you, GI Joe the Animated Series and Martial Arts and Wrestling Hall of Fame), and actors Aki Aleong (Pound of Flesh, Babylon 5), Robert Wall (Walker Texas Ranger, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead, Check Point), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Blade Runner), Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead), Olivia DeLaurentis (Happy Feet, Horoscopes), Christy McGinity Gibel (Little Women: LA), Plastic Martyr (actress, Little Women: LA, Scumbag and model, transgender activist), Rico E. Anderson (The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy), Elise Muller (Parenthood, Bagheads), Jon Mack (Saw 6, Blunt Force Trauma), legendary Persian Actresses Mary Apick (Homeland, The Last Shift) and her mother Apick Youssefian (Cry of the Village, Actress, The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam), Rick Mora (Twilight, The Lady Killers), Anna Easteden (Two and A Half Men, Junkie), Model Miki Black (CSI:NY, Maxim, Benchwarmer), Ed Connors, former owner of the Golds Gym Franchise, Gudrun Giddings SACC, Samir Bannout, 1 time Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester, 1 time Classic Physique Olympia, Eric The Trainer, Hollywood Celebrity, noted artists Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, President Board of Directors for CRE OUTREACH Theater by the Blind, Celebrity Hair Stylist Maryam Motaghy, Human rights activist and author Elham Yaghoubian, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari and countless other VIPs.
This event is sponsored by Sur le Mur, Per Bernal, Artists For Trauma and Coco Taps by Vincent Zaldivar aka “CocoVinny.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 17, 2016 – Global model search announced!
Submissions now open through end of August online at www.NUmuses.com and at open castings in New York and Los Angeles.
From the founder of treats! Magazine, Steve Shaw, and photographer David Bellemere, comes a global model search to discover the first NU MUSES – 12 of the world’s most modern and inspiring beauties to be photographed for a luxurious and timeless photographic calendar. A millennial take on the classic Pirelli calendar of the 1970’s, NU MUSES will reestablish “the nude” as fine art to grace the walls of art galleries and collectors’ portfolios. The calendar will be launched at a VIP event during Art Basel Miami in December 2016 at an exclusive art gallery exhibition. Showcasing 24 stunning images, NU MUSES will be celebrated and gain worldwide exposure. In addition, the whole process will be shot for an hour & a half documentary to be shown in 2017 on one of the largest TV networks in the USA, and later distributed worldwide.
“We are launching NU MUSES at a time when things are highly censored, and restricted: we have pop culturecelebrities flashing body parts to get attention and music lyrics that are overly sexualized, but we need to bring back the female form as classic fine art that is highly celebrated verses gratuitous ”, explains Steve Shaw, founder of the project. Adds Christianne Brooks, Creative Director of the project, “This is about making something timeless through Intention vs. Attention. Intention by using a photographer who is a master of lighting, a master at working with talent and crafting these beautiful moments to capture them in. This is nothing new about nudity, yet we arepushing the boundaries and we are celebrating the uncensored beauty of the naked body.”
From landscapes and portraits in history, nudity was once recognized as the highest form of art, but over time has lost its point of view. We need to get back to showcasing timeless and classic nudity where women, as well as men, feel comfortable and inspired by these images of the female body. Women will want to be a part of this project because it’s a beautiful piece of art.
Starting today, models are invited to submit online or attend one of the open castings this month in either Los Angeles or New York. The search will be curated and finalized via live castings, social media voting and fashion industry judges.
If selected to be one of the 12 NU MUSES, you will be:
One of 12 models in the NU MUSES calendar art project
Flown to an exclusive location for a shoot with David Bellemere
Flown to Miami for the calendar launch event and dinner at Art Basel in December, covered by major press outlets
Featured in theDecember issue of treats! with the chance to grace the cover of the magazine
Featured in a documentary to be shown on one of the largest TV networks in the USA, &distributed worldwide.
Agents and models can submit talent to the NU MUSES website. All submissions must be received by August 30th. Alternatively, models can attend live open castings being held in Los Angeles on August 24th and New York on August 29th.
For more information on live castings, guidelines, and the overall project process visit www.numuses.com and submit for the career opportunity of a lifetime!
About Steve Shaw
Steve Shaw has a background in celebrity & fashion photography, shooting for Elle, Vogue, and British Esquire. In 2011, British-born Steve Shaw conceived and launched treats! Magazine as a European-inspired, multi-media brand merging high fashion, and sensuality as the ultimate lifestyle luxury publishing body. Created in the spirit of fine art, treats! goal is to provide everyone with a platform to express their ‘art’ – from fine print to digital. treats! is designed to give the world’s best photographers a sophisticated, creative outlet with the freedom to have their work published without restriction. Steve focuses on celebrating the beauty of women as nature made them, which can be seen throughout his work.
About David Bellemere
David Bellemere was born and raised in Paris, France. He discovered photography during his high school years, which led him to studyvisual arts after his Baccalaureate. While in college, David caught the eye of various French magazines that commissioned him in his early 20s. Over the next few years he traveled throughout Asia regarding his time there as the most influential in his photographic style to this day. David is recognized for his unique light, colors, and composition, always celebrating beauty. The adjectives most often used to describe his pictures are sensual, delicate, and feminine. David currently contributes to the following magazines: Marie Claire Italy, Vogue Paris, Vogue US, Vogue China, Nippon Vogue, VogueSpain, Elle US, GQ UK, LUI, Porter Magazine, MUSE, treats! and Harper’s Bazaar UK.
The Hollywood Press Corps joins art lovers from around the world who love art and beauty. NU MUSES is a cool project that’s seeking 12 new faces. These models will be part of something big and memorable in the industry. For fine art aficionados, this calendar will definitely be in the category of the “highest form of art”.
Artists for Trauma (AFT) held their Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art show at the noted ENGEL & VOLKERS SOUTH BAY. This AFT fundraiser and public awareness event was a great introduction to this worthwhile charity and their mission to empower adaptive artists recovering from life altering trauma and who utilize healing through artistic platforms to expedite quality recovery and reinvention of their lives.
The Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art Show featured artwork by talented inspiring artists, utilizing various artistic disciplines following their life altering traumas that resulted in a total life change due to paralysis, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and PTSD. This opening exhibition featured artwork by members such as Melissa Allensworth, Andrew Angulo, my “Live with Ford and Vida co-host Ford Austin, Richard Bell, Michael Hansel and Brandon Newcomer. 100% of All Art Sales proceeds benefit Artists for Trauma and the 5+ adaptive artists. AFT was founded by Laura T. Sharpe, who is a trauma survivor herself and selflessly wants to help other trauma survivors to be empowered, inspired and healed.
“We feel very blessed to have been embraced by Artists For Trauma and Laura Sharpe. We hope that with the support of AFT, we can shine a bright light of hope on the spirits of all trauma survivors and those overcoming PTSD,” said Ford Austin.
Ford’s loving wife, Lauree Dash, who was there for every step of his inspiring recovery, echoed his sentiments. “I’m so grateful to Laura and AFT. Laura was an inspiration and huge support in Ford’s recovery. She was an angel who paved the way for us showing us recovery was possible. She was a tangible example of the resiliency and the ability we all possess to heal. It is so vital to have a role model who shows you recovery is possible. The singing lessons AFT so generously provided Ford helped him regain his voice and helped his brain heal from his TBI. Engagement with arts provided a way for Ford to heal organically, and quickly,” she added.
It has been a privilege and honor to work with Ford Austin and his loving, supportive wife Lauree, from the early months of Ford’s near death, life altering traumatic car crash 5 years ago to his now inspiring and thriving quality of life recovery ; rich with empowerment and forward progress in his various artistic endeavors as a once again working actor, Lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio , Director, producer , writer and Artists for Trauma Ambassador. Artist for Trauma recognizes and respects the sacred trust of the individuals and families who partner with us in our integrative, healing through art programs during a most vulnerable period of their lives,” added Laura Sharpe.
Engel & Volkers Southbay was the main sponsor for this event. Additional sponsors were AFT, Buiced, Display Art Installation, ICCS, Moby Arts, Sharpe Interior Systems, and Top Shelf Concierge Services-Luxury Transportation. More info at http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/
Photos courtesy of Guillermo Proano/PR Photos and Michael Bezjian/Gettyimages
Venice, California – May 24, 2016 – Google became an art gallery this past Sunday, May 22nd for Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions. This annual event brings together Los Angeles’ hottest established and emerging contemporary artists in raising money to fund health care for the 24,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless patients of Venice Family Clinic. This year’s Venice Art Walk raised more than $700,000 for Venice Family Clinic, with more auction pieces sold than ever before (and art sales are still underway!) to benefit local families and individuals in need of health care.
This year’s event featured a 350-piece silent art auction, artist studio tours and community celebration. Attendees enjoyed access to meet and greets at artists’ studios, live art exhibitions, music, food and drinks.
Venice Family Clinic’s Studio Tours, which ran on the same day of Venice Art Walk, encompassed 50 local art studios, galleries and special exhibits within a 2-mile radius of Google headquarters. This year’s Studio Tour artists and galleries included CAVE Gallery, Corrine Chaix, Marian Crostic, Jean Edelstein, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Maria Greenshields-Ziman, Brad Miller, Elizabeth Orleans, Pamela Weir-Quiton, and Team Bungalow.
This year’s Signature Artists were Guy Dill and Analia Saban. The LIVE art installations were provided by Heather Hansen, Karolina Maszkiewicz, and Quentin “Shplinton” Thomas. Guests also enjoyed musical performances by The Raging Bulls, Darden, Shane Alexander, WaterDawgz, Carlos Calvo and Givers and Takers in the designated Beer Garden.
This Friday, April 29th from 3 to 3:30pm and Saturday, April 30th, from 9:30 to 2pm, Music Unites Academy will have a painting event at Kelly Elementary School at 2320 E. Alondra Boulevard in Compton. This event is a partnership with the Compton Unified School District.
Featured speakers include We Day’s motivational speaker Tina Ingemi, Epic Records John Lindahl, Compton recording artist Buddy, composer Chloe Flower and singer Mali Nicole. Special thanks goes to Find Your Grind Foundation, Coupla Guys and Gals, We Day, Love Suja, and all the featured speakers.
None of this would be possible without the efforts of Michelle Edgar, the accomplished founder and CEO of Music Unites.
“This partnership with Music Unites has been a game changer for us in Compton! With Michelle Edgar on board, we have been able to enhance curriculum with the arts for every child. This partnership seeks to increase innovative opportunities and access for students of the Compton Unified School District,” said Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships.
Executing game-changing entertainment partnerships, and withholding a track record for enhancing major brands, Edgar is a renowned entertainment executive who is recognized for orchestrating collaborations between music, entertainment and marketing. Edgar was the Strategic Business Development Director at Frukt, a creative agency where she creates strategic partnerships between Businesses and entertainment brands. Edgar came to the Frukt with a wide-range of experiences working at Quest Management, KIDinaKORNER, Redlight Management, Warner Bros. Records.
Michelle has made her mark in the music industry and is known for successfully creating innovative marketing platforms and campaigns for artists including, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Dave Matthews, Lionel Richie, Imagine Dragons, Skylar Grey, X Ambassadors, Tiesto, Gary Clark Jr., Theophilus London, in addition to consulting on tour and festival sponsorships and activations, endorsements, licensing and new product development.
Her passion for music led her to further work with artists including, Swizz Beatz, Eve, Sting, Mark Ronson, Melanie Fiona, and Peter Bjorn & John to host events for her charity Music Unites, a non-profit organization that funds sustainable music education programs in underserved public schools nationwide. Edgar brought in corporate sponsorships to support the cause from brands like Rolling Stone, Pepsi, Axe, Garnier, Bebe and OK magazine. Music Unites’ programs are based in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Swizz Beatz and DJ Skee are Music Unites artist ambassadors.
In 2013, she also founded the XX Project, an invitation-only monthly speakers group for women who are leaders in their industries. Inspired by the TED talks and Northwestern’s Council of One Hundred, a mentoring group for female alumni, she hopes the XX Project will help professional women build business connections and share their experiences in male-dominated industries.
The multi-talented Edgar began her career in media as beauty director at OK magazine, where she developed revenue-producing strategic partnerships that align brands with music and film talent tied to major entertainment franchises from Oscar’s, Grammy’s and fashion week. Michelle is a renowned leader in bringing together different industries to take their platforms to another level.
Principal Ronald Keaton of Kelly Elementary had this to say, “Kelly Elementary School is delighted to have the privilege of partnering with Music Unites. The resources Music Unites is bringing to our school will provide our students and the entire school community with the opportunity to experience music in new and exciting ways. It is important that our students are given opportunities to explore the world of music and the arts. Not only do the arts allow students to be creative, but through music and the arts, students develop skills and tools that can lead to higher achievement in reading, math, and science. It is also through music that our students can learn to appreciate the uniqueness of the people around them and the beauty of living in such a diverse world.”
Transmedia 360 presents the Inaugural “Healthy Earth” Music & Arts Fest benefitting Cure 4 Hunger to be held on Earth Day weekend in Leimert Park on Saturday, April 23rd from 10 am – 6 pm. The festival will feature the unveiling of the humanitarian organization,Cure4Hunger’s (C4H) new agricultural technology, the “Gravity Gardens.”
The event is free to the public and will also feature panel discussions, workshops and film screenings in addition to a mixed assemblage of celebrity talent, dance, music and art. Hosted by actor-humanitarian, Darris Love (Nickelodeon’s “The Secret World of Alex Mack”), comedienne Ramona Stephens, and comedian David Raibon. World music treats include the jazz band, Connect featuring Barbara Morrison; West African dance troupe Le Ballet Dembaya; Ali Baba from Mali with Asha Baba; Native American and Asian performers; Melvin “MDK” Kelly, the young Jimi Hendrix; and DJ Zoon and the GoGo Hoop Dance Stars to name just a few. The youth area will be hosted by teen comedienne, Leroya Sanford (“The View”) and celebrity kids from Disney and Nickelodeon will join anti-bully rapper, Chris La Vrar (“America’s Got Talent”). Family fun includes talented performers, a youth circus provided by Le PeTIT CirQue, and more fun.
This event is the perfect opportunity to support a great cause to end global hunger while cross-marketing to a diverse audience and extended media reach. This festival’s mission is two-fold; to inspire and encourage greater Los Angeles residents to become proactive, solution-oriented citizens that regularly engage in activities leading to a healthy planet for us all. Also, as a cause-related event, they have selected, Cure 4 Hunger, (C4H), as their 2016 beneficiary organization.
About C4H: One in nine people suffer from hunger on earth so to put an end to starvation, co-founders and humanitarian filmmakers, Eric W. Williams & Cylk Cozart invented a new, cutting-edge, robotic gardening technology housed inside indestructible food domes nourished from pure water extracted from the atmosphere. This organization to date has garnered the support of high profile figures such as; Martin Luther King III, NBA player, A.C. Green as well as other global Ambassadors worldwide. Please feel free to visit http://www.cure4hunger.org for more information.