Arts Earth Partnership (AEP) and NextAid are two long-standing Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations that promote sustainability projects within the arts and cultural sectors.Â Â AEP certifies cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles to make them more sustainable and reduce their environmental impact.Â Â NextAidÂ harnesses the power of dance music to support young entrepreneurs in urban centers in Africa, with a specific focus in Nairobi.Â Â Both organizations offer tangible results to todayâ€™s most pressing environmental and societal problems.
In a spirit of collaboration, AEP and NextAid are coming together for first time to raise funds for their vital work!
- String Theory ProductionsÂ and other live music acts (TBA)
- DJ NnamdiÂ (Radio Afrodicia – KPFK)
- Marissa GuzmanÂ (LIVE) (Juicy Lucy Records)
- Jose MarquezÂ (TumbÃ© / Tribe Records)
- DJ BendewishÂ (PushGallery / Heartbeat Collective)
- Amadou FallÂ Â (Senagalese Kora Player)
- Live face-painting and ceramic art byÂ Wawi Amasha / Mami Afrika Â
- Authentic hand-carved African artifacts imported by â€œAfrica by Design.â€
- www.induna-arts.comÂ Â andÂ Â www.africanangeltours.com
- Live Painting with Artists Aly Kourouma (aka Dj Ndebele) andÂ Ngene MwauraÂ
- Silent Auction* & Fund-a-need
- Kids activities & swimming
- Open Bar & Fresh fruit juices
- Delicious African Cuisine and Desserts byÂ Chef Kache Mwaro /Â Jikoni Catering
Saturday, August 4th
At a gorgeous private home in the Los Feliz.
Gabriel Avenna, Brooke Bendewish, Mimi Campbell, Stuart Cooley,Â Lindsay Hawes, Janine Jordan, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Lisa Lee,Â Jeffrey Levin, Heather Lounsbury, Mia Mayweather, Naomi Okuyama,Â Bonnie Powers, Jonathan Rudnick, Susan Von Seggern, Joel Shapiro,Â Dominique Smith, Lynn Tejada, Wamuhu Waweru, Carl Welty
Arts:Earth Partnership (AEP) has been in existence since 2008 and has created a user-friendly green certification program specifically for the arts sector and cultural institutions.Â Â Endorsed by the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica, both have adopted AEPâ€™s standards into their â€œofficialâ€ Green Business Certification Process. Funds raised at the event will help AEP certify more facilitates in the greater Los Angeles area and lower the negative environmental impact of the cultural sector.Â Â The money will also be used to implement the Los Angles Arts Environmental Impact Report (LAAEIR), a project that gathers dataÂ about the environmental impacts of arts organizations in the greater Los Angeles area.Â www.artsearthpartnership.org
NextAid is an 8 year old Los Angeles based nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of music, specifically electronic dance music, to support sustainable development projects that serve children, youth and women in Kenya and Sierra Leone. Currently, funds raised are going toward the completion of the Kawangware Vision Centre (KVC) in Nairobi, Kenya. KVC is a youth-driven, locally created and managed organization that runs an ecological business making silkscreened gift bags out of recycled paper for the tourism industry. NextAid partnered with KVC to build a new â€œgreenâ€ workshop and multipurpose facility to expand their operation and ultimately serve more youth. Other NextAid partner projects include the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy which provides free high school to girls in Kibera, Nairobi and a Birthing Shelter in Sierra Leone, stated to be built this year partnership with the First Ladies Initiative and the First Lady of Sierra Leone.Â www.nextaid.orgÂ