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CAA and select Artists Give Back to Los Angeles as CalArts Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Youth Education Arts Program

Artist Ambassadors Kara DioGuardi, Ed Harris, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Brett Ratner Join Creative Artists Agency To Lead Master Classes for Middle and High School Students

Los Angeles, CA – Top artists including Kara DioGuardi, Ed Harris, Carrie Ann Inaba and Brett Ratner are joining Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to lend their support to California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) pioneering youth arts education program.  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), CAA, along with an array of artist ambassadors, will participate in 20 for 20, a new series of 20 free master classes, for middle and high school students at sites throughout Los Angeles County.

CAA will host a reception on April 22 at its office in Century City to honor CAP donors and participants for their continued support and generosity to the program.

Additional 20 for 20 artist ambassadors comprise long-standing CAP supporters from the arts and entertainment industry, as well as CalArts alumni.  Alumni ambassadors include four-time Oscar®-nominee Ed Harris* (The Hours, Pollock), directors Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and Oscar®-nominee Henry Selick** (Coraline), indie rock band Airborne Toxic Event and visual artists Edgar Arceneaux, Mark Bradford*** and Cathy Opie.  Additional instructors include music ambassadors Charlie Haden (jazz musician) and Rufus Choi (classical pianist); film/television/theater ambassadors: Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera producer), actor duo Miguel (Medium) and Linda Sandoval along with Cress Williams (Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, ER).

“We wanted a partner in this project who represented the best in the industry and could give our kids an experience of a lifetime,” said Glenna Avila, Wallis Annenberg Director of CAP.  “The participation of CAA and wonderful leading artists in 20 for 20 allows our students to experience artists at the top of their fields and inspires them to reach for the stars. CAA’s generosity supports our mission to provide imaginative and innovative arts programs for the youth of Los Angeles County.”

CalArts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on art making excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.

CAP reaches youth between the ages of 10 and 18 at 46 sites throughout LA county--employing some 60 CalArts faculty members, and nearly 300 student instructors to deliver instruction in fine art, photography, printmaking, graphic design, digital media, animation, video, jazz, world music, chamber music, theater, puppetry, dance, and creative writing. Educating over 7,500 youths each year, the organization has received numerous accolades--including the John Anson Ford Human Relations Award from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations in 2008, the Ovation Award for Community Outreach from the Los Angeles Stage Alliance in 2006, and in 2004, the Coming Up Taller Award--a national recognition of outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, provide them learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities.

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is a full-service talent agency, representing many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, video games, theatre, and the Internet, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients.  CAA is also a leader in sports, representing more than 500 of the world’s top athletes.

* Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Hours, 2003; Best Actor in a Leading Role for Pollock, 2001; Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Truman Show, 1999; Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Apollo 13, 1996

** Best Animated Feature nominee, 2009

*** MacArthur, “Genius Grant” Recipient, 2009

Last edited by Smith on Aug 18, 2010
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