LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saban Brands today announced the launch of Paul Frank Arts, an ongoing corporate commitment to support creativity and fun for kids of all ages through non-profit partnerships and national drives to provide art supplies to schools and after-school art programs.
“The Paul Frank brand is built around artistic expression and rooted in creativity,” said Elie Dekel, president of Saban Brands. “It is a natural extension for us to nurture the talent of young people by ensuring they have access to the supplies and materials they need for self-expression. Paul Frank Arts allows us to extend both our reach and our commitment.”
The program encourages Paul Frank fans to send new and gently used art supplies in by mail to its non-profit partners The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and P.S. ARTS, donate funds online or host a fundraiser. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation will distribute donations to its programs at schools and community organizations across the United States. Online donations to Dreaming Zebra will be facilitated through Art Room Aid, an online arts donation portal that is a project of Blick Art Materials. Blick Art Materials is supporting the Paul Frank Art Supplies Round Up by promoting the program and the Dreaming Zebra/Paul Frank Art Supplies Round Up Art Room Aid page through online outreach.
Paul Frank will be promoting the Art Supplies Round Up through a $1 per share/ $1 per retweet campaign. For each Facebook “share” of the Paul Frank Art Supplies Round Up graphic, Paul Frank will donate $1 to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation (up to $15,000). For every retweet of the message on Twitter, Paul Frank will donate $1 to P.S. ARTS (up to $15,000).
In addition to collecting funds and art supplies online, Paul Frank will be sponsoring art supplies collection drives at several major malls and holiday shopping destinations across the country. Sakura of America is helping to kick off our art supplies donations by sending Cray-Pas® oil pastels to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.
The first Paul Frank Art Supplies Round-Up was held on Sunday, November 11, 2012, in Los Angeles, as part of P.S. ARTS’ annual “Express Yourself” event, which Paul Frank sponsored. P.S. ARTS provides art education in the L.A. area. The event brought together local leaders and influencers and their kids for an afternoon of arts immersion.
The company has previously supported creativity through its “Paul Frank Art Attack” annual art and design competition which awards $12,000 in scholarships to young artists and art students. The expanded program will feature a year-round focus on creativity, the arts and music, with more new programming coming in 2013.
For more information about Paul Frank Arts, the Paul Frank Art Supplies Round Up, or to make a donation, please visit: www.paulfrankarts.org.
About Paul Frank
Acquired in 2010 by Saban Brands, Paul Frank began in 1997 as an independent accessories company in a Southern California beach town. The brand has steadily grown to become a globally recognized, iconic brand that features artistic and entertaining designs inspired by a love of avant-garde, modern influences and everyday objects. By creating relationships through exciting collaborations and strategic licensing partnerships, Paul Frank merchandise includes apparel and accessories for all ages, books, stationery, eyewear, home décor, bicycles and more. To see what’s new and exciting at Paul Frank, visit www.paulfrank.com.
About Paul Frank Arts
At Paul Frank, art, music and creativity are everything! We are so lucky that we are able to be creative and fun every day. We started Paul Frank Arts to give some of that creativity back to our friends. We host fun and cool art contests and activities that inspire artists, like you, from all disciplines and ages. We created Paul Frank Art Attack, an annual art scholarship competition, and The Paul Frank Art Supplies Round-Up, a nationwide art supplies drive for kids. Learn more: www.paulfrankarts.org
About Dreaming Zebra Foundation
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a (501)(c)(3) charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Dreaming Zebra's Community Art Recycling Program provides access to art and music supplies for thousands of children, schools, art therapy programs and community organizations throughout the United States. In 2011, Dreaming Zebra provided free art supplies, musical instruments, and public art experiences to more than 50,000 young artists -- children who otherwise might not have experienced the joys and benefits of an art education. Learn more at: http://www.dreamingzebra.org/
About P.S. ARTS
P.S. ARTS provides high-quality California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards-based education in music, dance, drama and visual arts for low-income, ethnically diverse children who attend public schools in the Los Angeles Unified, Lawndale Elementary, Lennox, Reef-Sunset, Santa Monica/Malibu Unified, and Wiseburn school districts, where arts programs have been reduced or eliminated. Currently, P.S. ARTS serves more than 12,000 K–8 students in 30 schools and 4,500 students through strategic partnerships. In addition to instruction, the Organization provides support for visual arts exhibits, public performances, field trips and professional development workshops for classroom teachers and teaching artists. Learn more at: http://psarts.org
About Art Room Aid, A Program of Blick Art Materials
Art Room Aid was created in 2009 by Blick Art Materials. As a company focused on educational and professional art supplies, Blick has also consistently supported arts education in diverse ways. Whether sponsoring art scholarships or creating lesson plans that address national standards of learning while easing the burden on busy educators, Blick understands just how important collaboration is. Blick is a family-owned company that began at Mr. and Mrs. Blick’s kitchen table in Galesburg, Illinois, 100 years ago. If you’re an art educator, Art Room Aid provides the tools to easily share your dreams and funding needs without complicated applications or fees that take away from contributions. If you’re an arts advocate you can quickly locate a project that resonates with you and make a high-quality contribution that will go directly to a project in need. When you become a part of Art Room Aid, either as a project leader or as a sponsor, you’re joining a larger community and taking part in a conversation that goes far beyond the classrooms and community spaces where essential creative learning is taking place every day.
About Sakura of America
Sakura of America empowers individual expression and artistic excellence through the development of writing instruments & art materials that are technologically superior, innovative, safe & affordable. As the inventor of oil pastels and gel ink, every product is produced with Power To Express™ motto in mind. For more information: http://www.sakuraofamerica.com