Scandal’s Dan Bucatinsky, Friends’ Lisa Kudrow and Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott were among the many celebrities in attendance at P.S. Arts’ “Express Yourself 2015″ event in Santa Monica on Sunday, Nov. 15.
The event is held every November to raise funds to provide art education to children within underserved public schools and communities. Arts education can vary from dance and music to theater and visual arts. P.S. Arts’ goal is to better the lives of children through the creativity of art education.
Many of the attendees expressed their excitement in sharing the afternoon with their families and loved ones. “My kids and I look forward to not just being able to express themselves and be creative, but also talk about how important the tools for creativity are in all schools,” Bucatinsky told The Hollywood Reporter.
Kudrow’s time on the board gives her constant purpose and inspiration to fulfill P.S. Arts’ goal. “I’ve been involved with P.S. Arts for 13 to 14 years and I’m lucky enough to serve on the board. I really do believe that arts education is crucial to a complete education because you have to exercise the creative part of your brain, too.”
Children learn differently when creativity is involved, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton, expressed his thoughts on the matter: “When you encourage a kid to think creatively and you open the door to them having fun doing things, they can apply that to other subjects, they can apply that to other aspects of their life that might otherwise feel like work.”
Many of the attendees also mentioned how their careers began with the implementation of the arts in their public schools. They would not have the careers they have today if it were not for the funding of arts education. Scott told THR that while growing up going to public school, he spent most of his time in the theater program. “There’s no way I would’ve gone into it as a career or occupation if I didn’t have those years in junior high and high school,” he said.