Julie Bowen, Jason Bateman Show Support for Local School Arts Programs

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Jason Bateman with daughters Maple (L) and Francesca.

“It’s funny how they cut arts programs and their very poor budgets but people flock to the movies and they flock to art all the time,” said McHale.

Heidi Klum, Jason Bateman, Emily Deschanel and Julie Bowen brought their kids to the Santa Monica Barker Hangar on Sunday afternoon to spend quality time enjoying the arts activities that eventually inspired their careers in entertainment. The Express Yourself arts & crafts event raised $562,000 toward bringing arts education into underserved public schools and communities.

Klum enjoyed watching her kids dress in costumes to practice their on-camera personalities at the E! live from the Red Carpet booth, while Bowen decorated place mats with her sons. From picture frame decorating to mask designing, there were a wide range of stimulating arts activities to keep kids active, including emerging artist Retna’s murals which Klum’s kids avidly painted. The finished paintings were later auctioned off, with the starting bid for one of the murals at $10,000.

“I think kids have so many complicated emotions going on,” Royal PainsMark Feuerstein told The Hollywood Reporter. “To be able to express them and tell stories that are reflective of their own experience really helps to minimize the fear of this new world that they’re entering.”

Kathryn Hahn fueled up with a bite of pizza from Fresh Brothers, one of the many participating food vendors along with Whole Foods, Simple Things, POM Wonderful drinks and The Grilled Cheese Truck. About a Boy’s David Walton grabbed a drink from Lemonade's drink stand, while Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company offered necessities such as hand sanitizers, lip balm and baby wipes.

As producer Glenn Howerton comes up on his 10th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he took time to support P.S. Arts with his family and spoke on what he feels is the stereotypical definition of what is considered “the arts.”

“I don’t think we need more actors in the world,” Howerton told THR. "I think we need more people thinking creatively in the sciences and people thinking creatively to solve more global problems like hunger and climate control. The arts exercise that part of your brain that allows you to think creatively about anything whether it’s science or math or anything, but if any one of my kids wanted to be an actor I certainly wouldn’t be against it.”

“I needed the arts terribly growing up because I was dyslexic and horrible in school and I would run to them as a refuge,” Joel McHale told THR. “It’s funny how they cut arts programs and their very poor budgets but people flock to the movies and they flock to art all the time. This entire city is built on it. You see all these people here and their entire lives are built around art. It’s pretty cool.”

McHale chatted with Adam Scott while his kids sculpted designs out of clay. When asked where he thinks he would’ve ended up if he hadn’t entered the entertainment industry, McHale told THR, “I’d probably be a cutman for boxers. That’s my one specialty is that I can open up an eye.”

Identity Thief co-stars Bateman and Melissa McCarthy (who showed off her recent weight loss) caught up while they helped their kids build with gumdrops and sticks. Busy Phillips and James Van Der Beek had a mini Dawson’s Creek reunion as they watched their kids play in the toddler town section. How to Get Away With Murder’s Tom Verica also attended with his daughter.

Marry Me actor Dan Bucatinsky said Lisa Kudrow (a P.S. Arts trustee) introduced him to the organization. "It’s sad that we have to raise money to get crayons into schools but that’s what we have to do."

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