Wellness Works

Wellness WorksWe had a wonderful time at the Wellness Works art exhibit and celebration at the historic Pico House in Los Angeles in May. For 2013 we honored L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for his commitment to children’s health and well-being. View photos from The L.A. Trust and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.


We partnereded with The L.A. Trust and ART from the ashes to form Wellness Works because of our common interest in creating a school environment that nurtures healthy children and successful students. As the birthplace of Los Angeles, El Pueblo Historical Monument provides an inspired setting for the three-day program.

Read a story in KQED’s The California Report that mentions what Sup. Ridley-Thomas and The L.A. Trust are doing to improve kids’ health. Hear the audio report.


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ART from the Ashes’ Joy Feuer, CSHC’s Serena Clayton, Sup. Mark Ridley-Thomas, and The L.A. Trusts’ Maryjane Puffer at Pico House in L.A. on May 22.
Photo courtesy of The L.A. Trust.

This year we held a 3-day art exhibition at the historic Pico House from May 22-24. The show featured artwork created by LAUSD students and L.A.-based professional artists. These donated works incorporated materials reclaimed from school-based health center renovation sites.


Proceeds from Wellness Works benefitted The L.A. Trust,  ART from the ashes, and the California School Health Centers Association (CSHC), all of which are 501(c)(3) non-profits. The L.A. Trust and CSHC support current and emerging school health centers by promoting school wellness, advocating for improved school health policy, and helping communities start and sustain school health centers. ART from the ashes uses art as an instrument for transformation and renewal.

School-based health centers are an innovative way to make sure that all kids have access to health care so they can do well in school. Poor physical, mental, or oral health can derail kids’ ability to succeed, causing them to miss school or lose focus in class.  LAUSD’s school health center expansion is part of a growing movement in California to provide quality health care where kids are – in school.  California has 200 school health centers with more scheduled to open within the next year.

See highlights from the 2012 Wellness Works event that honored Jan Kern.


Wellness Works 2013

LAUSD students experience art during the three-day Wellness Works exhibit that was held in L.A.’s historic Pico House May 22-24.
Photo courtesy of The L.A. Trust.

Our VIP Reception on May 22 honored L.A. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for his achievements in championing children’s health. MC’d by award-winning actor and playwright Charlayne Woodard, our VIP event featured fine wines, live music, and enticing silent auction items alongside the unique artworks featured in the Wellness Works Art Exhibition. 

On May 23 we hosted a Public Reception with live music, mariachi dancing, and an opportunity to bring the entire family out to see works of art created by kids and professional L.A.-based artists in a unique and festive setting.

The art exhibit was open to the public on all three days — May 22, 23, and 24 — and LAUSD students were able to see the art as part of field trips to Pico House.



Watch this short video recap about Wellness Works from ART from the Ashes and The L.A. Trust:


Special Thanks to CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
This program was made possible through a generous grant from CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a signature program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS Caremark, which is committed to helping children of all abilities to be the best that they can be, and support from the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Special Needs Division.

Co-Sponsor – City of Los Angeles, El Pueblo Historical Monument
El Pueblo Historical Monument is the oldest section of Los Angeles and is the site where the City was first established in 1781. The forty-four acre park consists of numerous historic buildings, museums, a beautiful outdoor plaza and the world famous Mexican marketplace on Olvera Street. The Monument represents the rich history, culture and ethnic diversity that is the foundation of the City of Los Angeles.

Generous support was also provided by The California Endowment and California Health & Wellness