Adopt The Arts Cuts a Ribbon to Keep the Musical Arts Alive at Westminster Elementary School

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Matt Sorum, co-founder of Adopt the Arts, with donor, Carter Lay (The Carter Lay Charitable Fund) at ribbon cutting ceremony of Westminster Elementary School, Venice (photo credit: RockwellUnScene Photos)

Adopt The Arts cut a grand ribbon at Westminster Elementary School in Venice, CA on Thursday, February 5 at 12:45pm for a ceremonial adoption to save the musical arts for their current and future students. Complete with a performance by the Adopt The Arts Elite Choir and a special appearance by California Congressman Ted Lieu (House of Representatives, CA district 33) to honor founders, musician Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and activist Abby Berman, with a congressional certificate for the important work their organization does to preserve the arts programs in our U.S. public schools.

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Adopt the Arts ribbon cutting ceremony at Westminster Elementary School in Venice (photo credit: Mylissa Graves)

How do they do it? Adopt the Arts honors individuals who’ve had a long-lasting impact on music culture and who inspire young musicians to follow in their footsteps. In fact, they actually pay salaries for these phenomenal music educators and place them in schools that have cut arts programs around LA. It’s a safety net to keeps the arts alive in our schools.

Thru a collective effort of high powered artist support, Adopt The Arts is raising awareness about the unfortunate growing arts deficit in our school. Actors Jane Lynch and Johnathon Schaech are on the Adopt the Arts Board of Directors. The advisory board includes: Shepard Fairey (Artist), John Stamos (Actor and musician), Slash (Musician), Gina Gershon (Actor), Juliette Lewis (Actor), Danny Masterson (Actor), Steve Stevens (Musician), Billy Bob Thornton (Actor), Michael Wincott (Actor) and Adrian Young (Musician). Last month, ADOPT THE ARTS gathered their industry friends for an epic night of music and a live auction. The event, which honored music legends Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band), was a smashing success, raising over $106,000 in one night for Adopt The Arts music programs in LAUSD elementary schools.

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