Art That Helps ‘youThink’
I recently attended the opening reception of show&tell: the art of pop culture at The Zimmer Children’s Museum in Los Angeles. This is the museum’s 8th Annual Art Exhibition Fundraiser, which this year features 45 amazing artists.
This is my second year attending the exhibition, as my husband, Nazim Artist, contributed a painting last year and is also one of the 45 featured artists this year.
This year’s theme, for what the Zimmer refers to as “show&tell,” is the art of pop culture. All of the artists have generously donated their works of art for this fundraising effort. All donated artworks are installed in the Bell Family Gallery at the Jewish Federation Building, located at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. This unique art hub is referred to as Museum Row and is located in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles.
According to the museum’s website, “This year’s theme of pop culture allowed our artists to work with mass culture, advertising, products, comic books, ideas, and themes that reflect on pop (in the moment) or traditional objects that are associated with culture in general.”
The painting that Nazim Artist created (which can be seen above), for this exhibition is entitled, “States of Transition ~ Koufax Allegory.” It is an oil on canvas, with a special holistic glaze that Nazim has created. The glaze is unique in the art world, as it includes a natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, green compound of minerals that produces a continuous flow of healthy air anions, also known as negatively charged ions. These special anions clean the air of mold, pollen, fungi, bacteria, odors, etc. and also help improve concentration and awareness. The glaze is also said to create a feeling of well being by those who live or work near these glazed art works. The Koufax homage is 30 inches by 40 inches in width. The proceeds of the exhibit and art sale go directly to the Zimmer Children’s museum.
Along with Nazim Artist, those also participating in the exhibit include: Burton Morris, Robbie Conal, Allen Ginsberg, Darryl Pottorf, Michael Kalish, Hanoch Piven and Domingo Zapata, to name but a few. All of these generous and talented artists works donated to the Zimmer can be viewed online.
What is The Zimmer Children’s Museum?
The Zimmer Children’s Museum is a nonprofit cultural institution featuring “hands-on exhibits for children ages 0-8 to explore big ideas in creative and inspiring settings.” The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles.
“The Zimmer Children’s Museum is dedicated to teaching people about the big ideas of global citizenship, community responsibility, and cultural sensitivity.” Their mission is to promote values that help “make a better society through interactive learning, creative self-expression and art experiences for children.”
The “Zimmer Children’s Museum was created in 1991 to provide a gathering space where families could play together and share in human values that build a stronger community.” While the museum “began as a modest 600 square foot playspace located in the Westside Jewish Community Center” and was “once an affiliate program of Jewish Community Centers of Los Angeles, the Zimmer Children’s Museum became an independent nonprofit organization in 2006. At this time, the organization redefined its mission” to broaden its reach to serve all children and families of the city. Today, the Zimmer maintains a steadfast commitment to ensuring that all children, youth and families in Los Angeles can play and learn together. For more details about the museum and its programs and events, please visit www.zimmermuseum.org
Where do the funds go when someone buys a piece of art from the exhibition?
“All of the proceeds from the exhibit and sale go to support the Zimmer’s arts education initiative [entitled] ‘youTHink‘ which helps 3,500 students annually utilize the power of art to foster critical thinking about contemporary issues and empowers them to find and use their voices to take action for positive social change. youTHink’s School Services provide art/education lessons in California’s public schools, along with professional development opportunities for teachers. youTHink’s Youth Services provide meaningful leadership and community involvement opportunities for middle and high school youth beyond the classroom.”
“The Zimmer Children’s Museum’s distinctive mission makes the institution particularly relevant to the diverse Los Angeles community.” This is the type of program one would hope could get legs and be initiated in every city in the USA.
With a commitment to social consciousness and community responsibility, the Zimmer Children’s Museum focuses mainly on the museum itself and the youTHink program.
The museum features 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and now hosts over 50,000 guests each year. The museum’s hands-on exhibits, programs and community engagement initiatives give children and families opportunities to engage in compassionate play and learning experiences so that they may make meaningful contributions to the world in which they live. The Zimmer Children’s Museum believes in the immense benefits that meaningful play can bring to individual children and to the community when young people from across the city play together.
Additionally, thousands more young people are served through the Zimmer’s community engagement programs including youTHink, an innovative education program that uses the power of art to foster critical thinking, engage diverse learners, promote literacy and serve as a tool for social change.
“youTHink provides art/education lessons in LA area public schools and youth events to over 3,000 students annually. youTHink’s School Services provide art/education lessons in California’s public schools along with professional development opportunities for teachers. Youth Services provide meaningful art, leadership and community involvement opportunities for middle and high school youth beyond the classroom.”
“The Zimmer Children’s Museum believes that creativity, critical thinking, cultural literacy and social change are 21st Century skills necessary for success in an ever-changing global society. As schools eliminate programs that allow young people to develop those skills, organizations such as the Zimmer Children’s Museum are now more important than ever. By empowering young people to think critically and creatively, the Zimmer Children’s Museum gives our future generations the skills and confidence to be able to solve problems not even yet imagined.”
Arrangements can be made for serious art buyers and collectors to view the exhibit privately by connecting with the CEO of the Museum, Esther Netter. For more information about the exhibit and its artists you can visit: www.zimmermuseum.org/showandtell.html.
The art of pop culture exhibit will run through June 8 (the museum will close for maintenance May 27 – June 1).
Artwork courtesy of Nazim Artist