Nearly 300 people joined us for Wellness Works, a festive evening of art, wine and music with a purpose on May 17th, 2012. Jan Kern, long-time champion for the health and wellness of the children of Los Angeles, was honored at the event. Jan has worked tirelessly to help provide children and youth with the programs and services they need to succeed.
Guests enjoyed wine and food pairings inspired by local chefs, a silent auction featuring a private wine tasting and vineyard tour for 10 people, the sounds of the Modern Gypsy Quartet, and a benefit art exhibition featuring one-of-a-kind pieces commissioned especially for this event.
In the spirit of “Support. Inspire. Create. Renew.” the guiding principals of ART from the ashes, the works of art showcased in this exhibition incorporate reclaimed materials from Hollywood High School’s automotive shop; the future site of one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s 13 new school wellness centers. More than 30 contributing artist donated their talent to create the unique art pieces, which were available for purchase at the event. The works are symbolic of how students’ lives can be transformed when they have access to healthcare, as well as a testament to the power of art to support a community.
Proceeds from Wellness Works benefit the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health (the LA Trust), California School Health Centers Association (CSHC) and ART from the ashes, all of which are 501(c)(3) non-profits. The LA Trust and CSHC support current and emerging school health centers by promoting school wellness, advocating for improved school health policy, and helping communities start-up and sustain school health centers. ART from the ashes joined forces with LA Trust and CSHC on this event by using art as an instrument for transformation and renewal.
School Health Centers are an innovative way to make sure that all kids have access to health care so they can do well in school. As Ms. Kern and other health and education advocates know, 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 two years.