On Saturday, May 7th, A Window Between Worlds’ annual art festival, Art in the Afternoon, returned to the Venice Skills Center. Hosted by G Hannelius, known for her starring role in “Dog with a Blog” and co-emceed by Beth Littleford, best known as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” this event was attended by over 700 guests including many teen celebrities, AWBW supporters and families from all over Los Angeles! Thanks to tremendous outreach by the Host Committee and generous sponsorship by nearly 30 community partners, over $85,000 was raised through this event – all to celebrate the growth of AWBW’s transformative arts programs over the past 25 years! Proceeds will help seed the next 25 years as we look to deepen our work in the field of domestic violence while connecting with new partners eager to bring our curriculum to many more in need of art as a window of safety and connection.
Guests enjoyed a variety of art workshops available for all ages – making Shrinky Dinks, Intention Touchstones (a collaboration with Intent.com), creating a beautiful 25th Anniversary mural, and Planting for the Future with potted succulents from Big Red Sun! Color Me Mine returned with an assortment of mugs, plates and piggy banks to decorate and our chalk artists inspired everyone with their pieces.
Food was in abundance thanks to our generous food sponsors, including an In-N-Out Burger® Cookout, Panda Express, Stonefire Grill salads, Whole Foods Venice produce, snacks from Nature’s Bakery and popchips, as well as refreshments from Hubert’s Lemonade, Oxylent, Giggle Juice and illy coffee. And who could resist the platters of delicious cupcakes sponsored by Sprinkles Cupcakes, Gourmet Treats‘ vegan cookies, and SuperCool Creamery with their liquid nitrogen-fueled ice cream?
G Hannelius shared her passion for helping others using art by inviting dozens of teen celebrities to join the fun. Kayla Maisonet and the cast of Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle” jumped on stage with Hoop it Up, boy band New District met Universal Studios‘ Shrek, and Disney stars like Landry Bender, Francesca Capaldi, Nolan Gould, Cameron Boyce, and Skai Jackson greeted hundreds of fans and took photos in our amazing booth by FoxTales. Additional guests included ivivva El Segundo, LA DanceFit, Rob Crites on stilts, magic by Tim Isaac, story time by Books & Cookies, our local Fire Station 63, and a greeting by our Councilman Mike Bonin!
Art in the Afternoon included more activities than ever: the Aquarium of the Pacific on Wheels, Best Bubble Parties, XXL Jenga, flower crowns sponsored by the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, Make Me Nails, Bounce Slide, massages by Creative Chakra Spa, carnival games and prizes, face painting, and bookmark-making! Guests also had the fun of bidding on incredible auction items like an electric U-Scooter, Disneyland tickets and a backpack painted by G Hannelius herself – all through their mobile phones thanks to Qtego Auction Services! A highlight for all was seeing our heart thermometer fill to the brim as founder Cathy Salser along with emcees G Hannelius and Beth Littleford urged guests to make a meaningful gift to support AWBW during this important anniversary year!
Thank you to all our hosts, sponsors, volunteers, donors and guests who played a special role in making Art in the Afternoon our most successful yet! Save the date for next year’s event on Saturday, May 6th, and be sure to check out the beautiful images by our photographers Venice Paparazzi, Jean Kim, Lisa Pearson and Chris Vallejos on Facebook.