P.S. Arts is a Venice-based non-profit educational organization which provides arts education programs to schools that otherwise would not have the resources. “P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides year long arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day.” P.S. Arts provides a much needed service to its local community in a society that habitually undervalues art and the importance that creative thinking has on the development of young minds. “Studies show the arts keep children motivated and engaged, and with the high school dropout rate in Los Angeles County as high as 50% in recent years, the children in our community need the arts now more than ever.” — P.S. Arts Mission Statement
Good Dirt LA enjoys an enduring relationship with P.S. Arts. For the past two years, P.S. Arts has visited Good Dirt LA for their annual team building retreat. They threw on the wheel, made custom mugs, and came together to create a group sculpture. We love having their creative and positive energy in the studio!
In 2017, Good Dirt LA was both a Silver Donor for the P.S. Arts annual fundraiser and an active participant in the festivities. We set up a booth with our pottery supplies and four of our amazing kids teachers created art with the event attendees. It was an amazing day for all of us to share what we love for such an amazing cause.
Throughout the course of the event, children wandered in and out of Good Dirt LA’s booth as our team of teachers helped kids work on pinch pots and other imaginative creations. One of our young artists came in holding the hand of Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti! Like many adults at the event, Garcetti could not resist the urge to get creative, and joined our table to make his very own pinch pot.
Our teachers had an amazing time working with young people and experiencing the event as a whole. “My experience at P.S. Arts was wonderful, it was colorful and bursting full of life and creative energy. A fantastic group of like minded people sharing their knowledge and skills to help make art available for all children was a truly wonderful thing to be a part of,” said Tracey, one of our teachers.
Debra came to volunteer and enjoyed watching the kids having messing fun, saying ““PS Arts was a great event exposing kids to many different art mediums. Pottery was a big hit with kids making pinch pots they could take home. Ooey, gooey and messy- they loved it (nearly as much as the cotton candy!)”