Last year, Culver City set the precedent for something very exciting in Los Angeles. L.A. artRISING saw artists coming together from all over Los Angeles to share their talents for real change. Assembled that night were artists from Tim Robbin's Actors' Gang, the Watts Village Theatre Company, Beit T'Shuvah, USC, the Youth Justice Coalition, the Empowerment Congress, Imaginese Productions and more. Their performances were riveting and inspired a felt sense of community that resonated long after the performances ended. People came forward inspired to volunteer or perform in this year's L.A. artRISING, and others stepped up to be patrons of the organizations represented.
Leading into our second year, we want to take a moment to share feedback from last year's event and thank the many people who made it possible. The producing team would like to again thank Beit T'Shuvah and Homeboy Industries for working with us to fundraise on their behalf. We'd like to thank Tim Robbins and everyone at the Actors' Gang, all the volunteers from Imaginese Productions, Kay & Dave's restaurant, The Whole 9 and The Word is ART galleries, and of course all of the incredible performers who shared their considerable gifts and spirits on stage that night. Thank you. Additional thanks to Sir Ken Robinson and John Daley for their endorsement and support. We were honored to have such an incredible community around us...and we're really looking forward to next month's performance!