Art Swagger L.A. Returns to Downtown Los Angeles
The A+D community’s annual event enters its 4th year of raising funds for at-risk children across Los Angeles
Art Swagger L.A., the architecture and design industry’s annual art walk and fundraiser to benefit Free Arts, returns to Downtown Los Angeles on October 1, 2015. Free Arts is the Los Angeles-area non-profit that inspires hope in abused, homeless, and impoverished children through creative, stimulating arts programs. Founded in 1977, the organization serves over 25,000 children annually through programs offered across L.A. The Art Swagger event draws 400+ industry professionals touring multiple downtown locations in a single evening to view professional artists’ works on display and raise funds for Free Arts and the children they serve.
“Art Swagger is a fantastic night that fuses art, design and our industry creatively and meaningfully giving back,” said Debra Haas, sales representative for Herman Miller, Los Angeles and Art Swagger L.A. founder. “This year will not disappoint with ten highly unique, very walkable downtown locations, incredible featured artists and one fabulous ‘Finish Line Party’ wrapping up the night.”
Now entering its fourth year, Art Swagger’s participating and supporting firms transform their offices and showrooms into pop-up art galleries, showcasing the work of distinctive professional artists over cocktails, appetizers, and inspiring artworks. Event participants tour unique stops within the downtown core along the Art Swagger walking tour. This year’s walk ends at the Interior Office Solutions (IOS) showroom for the finale party. Event ticket sales, raffle items and silent auction proceeds all benefit Free Arts.
“We are so fortunate and grateful to be the beneficiary of Art Swagger L.A. We are honored to partner with this brilliant, hardworking and philanthropic group of industry leaders to transform the lives of at-risk children in Los Angeles,” said Joan Ford, CEO of Free Arts. “Too many of our county’s children face unimaginable obstacles and trauma. With Art Swagger’s generous support, Free Arts can continue to leverage the healing power of art to transform the lives of abused, neglected, homeless and impoverished children and put them on the path to a better life. .”
This year’s participating industry firms and artists include:
Architype, featuring Antonio Muniz and Benny Chan
Gensler, featuring Leonardo Bravo
IA, featuring Nancy Harasz
Kimball Office, featuring Stanley Felderman
Klawiter, with artist to be announced
SAA, featuring Michael B. and Carol Sears
Steinberg, featuring Stephen Glassman
Tangram, featuring Crystal Paselk and Vam Y.K. Cheung
Unispace, featuring John Carpenter and Danny Minnick
Wirt Design Group, with artist to be announced
About Art Swagger L.A.
Founded in 2010 to help draw the Los Angeles architectural and design community closer through art and charity, Art Swagger L.A. now has dozens of supporting firms and hundreds of professionals participating in its annual charity fundraiser to support Free Arts and the children’s arts programs they offer. Art Swagger fuses design, art and the act of giving back through a single evening each year in which participants walk the Los Angeles downtown core along a series of Swagger Stops to view art and network with peers. The event culminates with an annual Finish Line Party where all walkers gather to celebrate art, food, friends and the greater Free Arts cause. www.artswaggerla.com
About Free Arts
Founded in 1977, Free Arts is the non-profit organization that that restores hope and self-esteem in abused, homeless and impoverished children through creative arts programs and positive interactions with adult mentors. Free Arts envisions a society of individuals from different communities, cultures and life experiences connecting through the healing power of art to interrupt the cycle of violence, create understanding, build self-esteem and nurture better lives. www.freearts.org