Art in the Afternoon is an annual community art event in Venice, CA.
On May 5, 2013, Disney star G Hannelius hosted this fun family day. A Window Between Worlds is near and dear to G’s heart and this is the third year she’s been involved in hosting this event.
The event was organized by A Window Between Worlds and all the money raised went to help survivors of domestic violence find healing through art.
There were Art workshops, games, prizes, food, a huge inflatable slide and live musical performances by
Joss Saltzman, The Burn Riffs and Lindsey Harper. Allison Marabate, “Zumbabe” led the a fun Zumba which many people enjoyed.
Aquarium of the Pacific provided a hands-on traveling aquarium and touch tank!
Families enjoyed painting tiles provided by Color Me Mine and making crafts and Shrinky Dink charms.
Nitro Dreams Ice Cream created yummy ice cream using a really special technique and Hansen’s Cakes provided a four layer cake that was delicious and beautiful!
LAFD Fire Station 63 came out and families were able to check out their truck and and talk to the firefighters! They generously offered donated a once-in-a-lifetime dinner at the fire station for home cooked meal as a prize in the live auction.
During the auction, they had to leave on a call!
G’s Dog With a Blog co-stars Francesca Capaldi, Regan Burns, and Beth Litttleford were joined by Karan Brar and Skai Jackson from Jessie, Olivia Holt from Kickin It and Jake Short from ANT Farm. The stars posed for pictures and signed autographs for happy fans!
As a special surprise, Nick who plays Stan on Dog with a Blog joined the celebrity meet and greet!
Mia Diaz and Asia Monet from Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance competition attended the event and enjoyed all the activities!
Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, creator of Phineas and Ferb, who also voices Agent Monogram on Phineas and Ferb drew characters from his show and signed his autograph on them.
Many generous people including G donated tons of cool stuff for the silent auction, live auction and opportunity raffle. G and her celeb friends worked really hard to make sure lots of money was raised during the live auction.
Whole Foods Venice donated yummy treats and delicious tacos for everyone to enjoy!!
Lastly, Mint Polish was a big part of the afternoon. At the event, they had a “Nail Art” booth where two fabulous manicurists, Jessica and Laura, painted and decorated nails with custom AWBW-inspired nail decals (a hand and a butterfly). They also sold polish with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the foundation.
About 600 people came out and about $65,000 was raised all to help A Window Between Worlds continue its mission of helping women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
Art in the Afternoon is an annual event, so plan on attending next spring!
More about A Window Between Worlds and how you can help (from their website, awbw.org)
A Window Between Worlds is a the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence. Through creative expression, battered women and children gain a sense of renewal and power. Their images of hope, survival and strength educate the public and become “a window between worlds” for survivors taking steps to change their lives.
Since 1991, AWBW has provided creative expression as a healing tool for over 112,000 battered women and their children in crisis shelters, transitional homes, and outreach centers throughout the United States.
By providing an environment that promotes healing, art workshops help women and children to develop a renewed sense of hope and possibility that profoundly impacts future decisions regarding the direction of their lives, their relationships, and how to stay safe. Art empowers survivors to transform how they view themselves, allowing them to see past the abusive messages they learned from their batterers and rebuild their self-confidence.
The AWBW Windows Program is available to any agency or organization seeking to implement art as healing tool for survivors of domestic violence. They invite you to learn more about their programs and to join them in using art to empower survivors and to break the silence surrounding domestic violence in our communities.
For further information on AWBW’s programs please visit their website, awbw.org, call (310) 396-0317 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For other domestic violence resources, see their Domestic Violence Resource List click here for DV Resources