New Roads School Showcases Tapestry of Art to Support Access to Quality Education

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Art of the Matter, a Celebration of Diverse and Vibrant Los Angeles Contemporary Art Scene, to Benefit Unique Financial Aid Program at New Roads School

On Friday, March 18th, New Roads School at the Herb Alpert Educational Village (3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica) hosts the Art of the Matter, an exhibition and one-night auction showcasing a varied and vibrant array of works by leading contemporary artists from Los Angeles and beyond. The Friday evening auction is open to the art-collecting community, and all proceeds from the event benefit the unique financial aid program at New Roads School which provides need-based financial assistance to over 50% of New Roads families each year. Over 40 prominent artists have contributed works to the event, including: Peter Alexander, Herb Alpert, Charles Arnoldi, Kalman Aron, Don Bachardy, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Laddie John Dill, Frank Gehry, Robert Graham, Richard Jackson, E.F. Kitchen, David McDonald, Claudia Parducci, Lynda Pizzuto, Carole Silverstein, Sarah Sze, and Santino Zafarano. A catalog of the artwork can be found by visiting http://www.newroads.org.

The Art of the Matter has been created by artists and collectors inspired by the diversity and creativity at New Roads School. The Friday evening exhibition kicks off a weekend-long celebration of the arts that includes a display of both auction and student artwork from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th. On Saturday evening the school community celebrates with its 16th annual Kaleidoscope fundraiser, this year honoring Middle School Director, Chris Elder, and environmental activists and philanthropists, Terry and Denise Avchen, for their dedication to improving the lives of children in Los Angeles and around the world.

About New Roads School:

The founding commitments of New Roads School (http://www.newroads.org) include genuine diversity, appreciation of the unique humanity of each individual, and pursuit of academic, athletic, and artistic excellence. Established in 1995, New Roads is a model for education in an ethnically, racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse community. New Roads is a fully accredited Pre-K – 12 college-preparatory independent educational community set on three campuses in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Malibu, California. We serve over 600 students, nearly half of whom are ethnic minorities. Unique among independent schools, our need-based financial aid provides tuition support to over 50% of our students each year. Among the students receiving financial aid, 68% are from low-income families, 32% are from middle-income families, 24% are below the level of poverty, and 44% are eligible for Federal free or reduced-price lunch programs.

About The Herb Alpert Educational Village:    
The Village, named for its founding benefactor, is home to New Roads Middle and High Schools, the New Visions Foundation, and other non-profit organizations working in the field of education. Construction currently underway will provide additional space for non-profit organizations and researchers, as well as a 350-seat, state-of-the-art theater. As a venue for creative collaboration, the Village will be a catalyst for change, pioneering real solutions to educational and community challenges in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond.

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