Jason Bateman, Heidi Klum Support Childhood Arts Education at Fundraiser
"You can't complain that the industry is too white or too male if you haven't started years before," Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the annual Express Yourself event in Santa Monica benefiting childhood arts education.
Stars and their kids decorated S'well bottles with emoji stickers and made oozing slime out of glue — all in the name of charity. Heidi Klum, Jason Bateman, Adam Scott, Kevin Zegers and Ali Larter were among those who brought their families to the annual P.S. ARTS "Express Yourself" fundraiser in Santa Monica on Sunday.
The nonprofit organization hosts a day of arts and crafts for attendees, who in turn help provide funding for 25,000 underserved students to receive an arts education across California. The 2017 "Express Yourself" event raised more than $500,000.
Many guests appreciated their own experiences with music and theater growing up, and recognized that not all children in Los Angeles have the same opportunities.
"Express Yourself" co-host Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious) cemented her desire to be an actress by playing Jesus in Godspell in fifth grade at Convent of the Sacred Heart, she told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Had I not had that outlet, had I not had that validation, I don't know that I would have been like, 'OK, I can do this,'" Brewster said. "I think it's kind of a given that kids will learn music and theater and photography and all this stuff that I had growing up, but the fact that it's not available to each kid is heartbreaking."
Adam Scott of Big Little Lies said his public high school drama teacher inspired him the most by giving him the lead in Blue Denim. "She told me I was good at something and I believed her," Scott told THR. "If it wasn't for arts education, there's no way I would have found acting at all."
On Sunday, Barker Hangar was stuffed with colorful booths that provided sample dishes from high-end restaurants and craft corners where kids could laugh, scream and play all afternoon. Paper airplanes zoomed by and Disney songs from Moana and Frozen filled the venue.
Coral Tree Cafe offered samples of its acidic avocado toast, while Michele Gan's Serves You Right catering dished out bite-sized slow-roasted chicken tacos with Napa slaw in a taro root shell.
Kids kept busy by sewing bowties and decorating tote bags with palm tree iron-on patches. Servers in white lab coats presented children with trays of glue, liquid starch, water and coloring to make jars of neon slime at Entertainment Lab. Beakers of yellow roses lined the wall.
The arts affect everyone's lives in positive ways, Mayor Eric Garcetti said to THR at the fundraiser. He wants to help more kids get an arts education, as well as diversify the industry starting with high school students.
"You can't complain that the industry is too white or too male if you haven't started years before," Garcetti said. "L.A. is the creative capital of the world, and yet too many kids, based on their ZIP code, don't have access to a good arts education. It's crazy."