PS Arts Express Yourself 2011

Adam Sandler, Steve Carell, Jack Black, Calista Flockhart and Their Families Converge on PS ARTS Express Yourself 2011


So what brought Adam Sandler, Steve Carell, Jack Black, Calista Flockhart and nearly another 1,500 guests, including more mega-celebrities, industry executives, community leaders and their families to the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on a rainy day?

The answer: PS ARTS Express Yourself 2011. And it’s no wonder.

Presented by PS ARTS and the Bell Family Foundation, Express Yourself is one of the year’s most anticipated family events. This year, in addition to the 40,000 square foot hanger crammed with creative arts booths and kid-friendly food stations, the recording star JoJo sang from her popular debut album as well as from her newly released, “Jumping Trains.” 

More celebrities filled the committee, which consisted of Jack Black, Jason Bateman, Courteney Cox, Zooey Deschanel, George Kotsiopoulos, Breckin Meyer, Molly Shannon, Abigail Spencer, Christine and Ben Stiller, and Juliette and Steven Weber.  Also in the crowd were Lisa Kudrow, Laura Dern, Mark Feuerstein, Djimon Hounsou, Kimora Lee, Camryn Manheim, Adrian Pasdar of “Heroes,” Natalie Maines of “The Dixie Chicks,” Megyn Price, Shawn Pyfrom of “Desperate Housewives,” Rob Riggle of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Sally Richardson-Whitfield, Adam Scott of “Step Brothers” and Aaron Sorkin, Academy Award-winning screenwriter for “The Social Network.”

Having been an arts and crafts counselor at resort hotels during my college vacations, I can easily understand the attraction of the Nov. 20 event. My job back then was to insure that all the children had something tangible to bring back to their parents to show they had done something productive at camp. And it wasn’t hard to do, as I found most kids love to create something from nothing.

Of course, the no. 1 most popular project during my counselor days – the ceramic ash tray – has fallen out of favor since then. Yet even today, in this age of hi-tech games, it’s rewarding to see that a day of creative arts can pack in a crowd of youngsters. And PS Arts Express Yourself 2011 offered a wealth of contemporary choices.

PS Arts Express Yourself 2011 grossed more than $500,000 for its mission to bring arts education to underserved schools and their communities and offers arts-related workshops for classroom teachers.  PS Arts Express Yourself 2011 celebrated the organization’s 20th anniversary and in honor of the occasion, recognized its seed funder and partner, The Herb Alpert Foundation and the organization’s board leadership, comprised of Paul Cummins, Tony Browne, Laurie Levit, Gay Browne, Laurie David, Julia Sorkin, Maria Bell and Pam Bergman. 

Refreshments came courtesy of Porta Via, M Street Café, Il Pastaio and The Counter, Baking Whoopie, Tiato, Typhoon and Pop Chips.


Top photo: Adam Sandler and his daughter Sadie Madison Sandler (photo: Vince Bucci/ AP Images for P.S. Arts)

Bottom photo: left: Jack Black and his son Sammy Black (photo: Alex Berliner/ AP Images for P.S. Arts)



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PS Arts Express Yourself 2011

Published Dec. 3, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA