20 for 20, a series of 20 free arts master classes for Los Angeles youth launches in March for National Arts Education Month.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of CalArts’ pioneering public-private arts education partnership, 20 artist ambassadors, from all disciplines of the arts, will share their expertise with CAP’s youth participants.
Music ambassadors: Kara DioGuardi (“American Idol” judge and songwriter), Airborne Toxic Event (indie rock band), Charlie Haden (jazz musician), Rufus Choi (classical pianist)
Film/Television/Theater ambassadors: Ed Harris (Pollock, The Hours actor), Brett Ratner (“I Love You,” “New York,” “Rush Hour 3,” “X-Men: The Last Stand” director), Miguel Sandoval (“Medium” actor), Cress Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy” actor)
Dance ambassador: Carrie Ann Inaba (“Dancing with the Stars” judge)
Animation ambassadors: Henry Selick (“Coraline” director), Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda” director), Jorge Gutierrez (“El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” writer/producer), Sony Pictures Imageworks Animation
Visual Arts/Photography ambassadors: Edgar Arceneaux, Cathy Opie, Mark Bradford, Sam Durant
Literary ambassador: Paul Fleischman
Host Studios: Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Los Angeles, CA (March 19, 2010) – CAP Council Co-Chairs Ambassador Frank Baxter and Austin Beutner announce 20 for 20, a series of free master classes for Los Angeles youth launching in March for National Arts Education Month. In honor of CalArts Community Arts Partnership’s (CAP) 20th Anniversary, 20 stellar artists, all masters in their fields, will lead 20 master classes for CAP students at sites throughout Los Angeles County. CAP is California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) pioneering public-private arts partnership that has offered free arts education to elementary, middle and high school students in Los Angeles County--training over 200,000 young artists, many from the region’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Click here for a new video about CAP at 20: http://calarts.edu/cap 
As part of 20 for 20, studios will open their gates to CAP animation students with field trips to Nickelodeon Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Artist ambassadors are comprised of CAP supporters from the arts and entertainment industry, as well as CalArts alumni. Alumni ambassadors include actor and four time Oscar® nominee Ed Harris (Pollock, The Hours)*, directors Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and Oscar® nominee Henry Selick** (Coraline), indie rock band The Airborne Toxic Event and visual artists Edgar Arceneaux, Mark Bradford***, Cathy Opie and Sam Durant. Additional master teachers include music ambassadors Kara DioGuardi (American Idol judge and songwriter), Charlie Haden (jazz musician) and Rufus Choi (classical pianist). Film/Telvision/Theater ambassadors include: Brett Ratner (I Love You, New York, Rush Hour 3, X-Men: The Last Stand director), 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), dance ambassador Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars judge) and literary ambassador Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman****.
“The opportunity to make art helps young people thrive in a way that no other school subject can facilitate,” noted CAP Council co-chair, education advocate and former ambassador to Uruguay Frank Baxter. “Arts instruction boosts learning, develops creative and critical thinking skills, and builds confidence, self-esteem and motivation. CAP’s programs close the achievement gap across socio-economic boundaries and have a tremendous impact on the academic and professional development of participants.”
CAP council co-chair Austin Beutner, is the newly appointed First Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive of Economic Development and Business Policy for the City of Los Angeles. He is committed to helping CAP students attend CalArts and has conferred a special gift to the organization in honor of its 20th anniversary. Each year, for the next 15 years, CalArts will select an incoming student, who has participated in one or more CAP programs, to receive the Beutner Family Community Arts Partnership Award of $20,000 over a maximum of four years.
* 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 Foundation Fellow, 2009
****Newbery Medal, for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, 1989
ABOUT CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS (CALARTS)
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.
ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP (CAP)
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 more than 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.