OUR LEADERSHIP PARTNERS
Meet our philanthropic partners who bring resources, vision and expertise to Inner-City Arts' culture and community.
Our partners make a multi-year financial commitment, and equally important, mobilize their employees to be actively engaged as volunteers, role models, and advocates to help inspire our students to explore their creativity and broaden their perspective on life's possibilities.
"The children of today and tomorrow need to be surrounded by and provided the opportunity to flourish within the spirit of creativity. Without a strong effort around this for our children, we are limiting the opportunity for them as individuals and for society as a whole." — Tom Stillwell, Chief Executive Officer, Midnight Oil
In 2014 Inner-City Arts honored The Walt Disney Company with the Philanthropic Leadership Award for its unprecedented support over nearly two decades. The Creativity Lab, inspired by the vision of co-founder Bob Bates in 2011, and supported by a start-up grant from Disney, has emerged as a stimulating and supportive environment where youth can explore their creative and adaptive capabilities, evolving "at the hands" of the students, teaching artists, and Disney Imagineers. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, The Walt Disney Company granted $1 million to Inner City Arts to support program development and expansion of the Creativity Lab through 2016. The funds will additionally be utilized to fund a Creativity Lab endowment. Inner-City Arts is working collaboratively with Disney to mobilize support for developing creative potential in young people across the nation.
The DreamWorks Animation Charitable Foundation Inc. has made a long-term leadership commitment through 2019 in support of the DreamWorks Animation Academy at Inner-City Arts, providing free arts instruction in animation, digital media, filmmaking and graphic design to more than 1,000 Los Angeles area elementary, middle and high school students. DreamWorks Animation also opens its doors to Inner-City Arts students for field trips, exposing them to careers in the creative economy, and employees also participate in our annual Career Day on campus in November during which our students can speak with them about what they do and the path to get there.
"DreamWorks Animation remains deeply committed to continuing the important work done by Inner-City Arts every day: to help talented young people achieve their potential and reach their dreams."
A leading independent entertainment marketing agency in Los Angeles, Midnight Oil's Chief Executive Officer, Tom Stillwell, participates on our Board of Directors and the company opens its doors to Inner-City Arts students for field trips, exposing them to careers in the creative economy. Midnight Oil employees also participate in our annual Career Day on campus in November during which our students can speak with them about what they do and the path to get there.
"The children of today and tomorrow need to be surrounded by and provided the opportunity to flourish within the spirit of creativity. Without a strong effort around this for our children, we are limiting the opportunity for them as individuals and for society as a whole."
Tom Stillwell, Chief Executive Officer, Midnight Oil
A diversified US based premiere apparel business with a company ethos that breeds innovation, collaboration, integrity and excellence in customer service, Hybrid Apparel opens its doors to Inner-City Arts students for field trips, exposing them to careers in the creative economy. In 2014, Inner-City Arts partnered with Black Book Sessions, a nonprofit organization associated with Hybrid Apparel, to host an annual campus event that provides an opportunity for youth in the community to showcase their artistic vision in their respective art form, visit our campus, and gain access to art supplies, scholarship opportunities and our Institute programs.
"Hybrid Apparel is proud to partner with Inner-City Arts to help LA's youth unlock their creative potential. Inner-City Arts gives students the freedom to explore and innovate, which is critical to their future success. "
Jeff Marine, Hybrid Apparel
"Southern California is the center of the nation's creative economy, from entertainment to apparel. This is why Hybrid embraces and supports the diverse arts landscape of Greater Los Angeles. Children who have access to meaningful arts experiences are more likely to develop into critical thinkers and creative problem solvers."
Jarrod Dogan, Owner, Hybrid Apparel
In 2000, Younes and Soraya Sarah Nazarian founded the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation. Enriching the lives of others through the arts and culture is an area of great importance to the family due to the work of Soraya Sarah Nazarian. Soraya is a Los Angeles-based artist who, in her more than 25-year career, has become a master in the medium of direct carving in stone. Her work carries themes of motherhood, family, spirituality and Iranian culture. Mrs. Nazarian has visited campus and worked with the students in our ceramic studios. Honoring Soraya, the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation has provided a leadership gift to Inner-City Arts establishing the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Ceramics Academy for elementary, middle and high school students.
Soraya Nazarian was honored at the 2011 Imagine Awards for her exceptional artistic achievements, her dedication to pursuing her own creative path and her willingness to support young artists in developing their own voice.
"The special thing about the arts is that they require no language to express feelings or creativity."
Soraya Sarah Nazarian, Inner City Arts Imagine Awards Gala
"Inner-City Arts helps children develop essential life skills for the 21st Century economy; in our studios, students explore innovative solutions, learn from mistakes, and tap into their imagination to solve complex problems."
– Bob Smiland, President & CEO, Inner-City Arts