ArtShareL.A. is an astounding space–above a community area which features exhibition space, a theater, classrooms, painting studios, and an open atrium with a koi pond are thirty live/work micro lofts with a shared common space. ArtShareLa opened in 1997 to meet the demand for affordable space in the Arts District, and flourished as an after-school arts center for youth ages 12-18, with loft-livers above. But the recession of 2008 nearly brought an end to the admirable and adored community center.
Thanks to the efforts of Rick Robinson and new board of directors, plus thoughtful rebranding and strategic planning, ArtShare LA. re-opened its doors in 2012 with a hugely successful exhibition “25 Cents a Square Foot,” involving over 100 pieces that told the story of the Arts District, and a 7-week summer series, consisting of live music, film screenings and improvisational theater. ArtShare L.A. continues to serve the Downtown Arts District and Los Angeles as a whole as live/use space offering community classes as exhibitions like “RISE: The Black Panther Retrospective” and “Big Hair: The Life and Times of Tomata du Plenty.”
To honor the president of ArtShare L.A.’s Board of Drectors Rick Robinson and celebrate the arts in Los Angeles, ArtShare LA and the DoArt Foundation are hosting Above The Streets, a gala fundraiser June 28, 2014, featuring music food and a silent auction at ArtShare L.A. And to further highlight Robinson–the Chief Strategy Officer of Billups, a billboard company–and his contribution to the arts in Los Angeles, artist/poet Robert Montgomery will create a series of poetry that will be posted on billboards throughout the City of Los Angeles.
The Above the Streets billboard project, presents poetry of Scottish-born Robert Montgomery whose words will be placed above the streets of Los Angeles through a network of billboards. These billboards and the event on June 28 honor Rick Robinson for his long-standing love and support of the ever-changing Arts District and for spearheading the rebirth of Art Share L.A.
June 28’s event promises to be a night of entertainment, art and of course celebration. As media sponsor we’ll be bringing you updates on the line up bands and the items in the silent auction, as well as coverage of Montgomery’s billboards.
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Individual tickets for the gala range in price from $40 to $150. Gold Level packages include the Cartwheel Art guided tour of the Arts District, led by Cindy Schwarzstein, Founder of Cartwheel Art. Sponsorship packages are available.