Rose Park Neighborhood Association and LB Skate Team For Benefit Art Show for Homeless and At-risk Youth

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A youth living on the street is just not acceptable. It’s a bad way to enter adulthood. A life in a neighborhood suggests a home, neighbors, and safety but these things we take for granted are just a dream if homeless.

To participate in the city’s goal to eliminate homelessness, a benefit Mixed Media art show will be held on February 13th sponsored by Rose Park Neighborhood Association and hosted at LB Skate (E7th & Obispo). We are calling it the “Big heART” show.  Twenty artists – including some who’ve been homeless – will exhibit their art, sculpture or photography. Artists exhibiting will be spotlighted via Instagram we encourage all to join in a very fun evening.

But the event is just the first step. Proceeds from the sale of art will supply packages to youth experiencing homelessness, through art therapy and self-esteem workshops. These packages will be offered through the city’s Multi-Service Center and partnering agencies serving at risk and youth experiencing homelessness, such as our local mentoring program Power4Youth. But what happens after the event? RPNA is hoping to work with a group of UCLA graduate students – who’ll be on hand with preliminary findings of their homeless study in Long Beach – to track how events lead to change, in this case effective programming for homeless and at-risk youth.

Our host is the internationally regarded LB Skate. Tim Scanlan, owner of LB Skate has clear ideas of how to  bring together a neighborhood as well as the young adults they see on a daily basis. “We are a community first skateboard shop, and hosting benefit art shows is in the fabric of our business.  Creativity is at the heart of skateboarding, thus nurturing artistic creativity is imperative to us. We’ve hosted several art shows and the first of many with Rose Park Neighborhood Association!”

About RPNA: Home to over 22,000 residents and two historic districts has a mission to encourage communication, cooperation and civic engagement. We’re bounded by 10th St on the north, 4th St on the South, Cherry Ave on the West, and Redondo Ave on the East. The organization is approaching its own 25th birthday in 2017. A recognized non-profit, it offers regular meet-ups, community gatherings, fun events, flyers, eblasts and ways to engage to improve the well-being of the area. Contact info@rpna.org or go to www.rpna.org and like on Facebook.

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