In the Paint is an organizational initiative stemming from the Lakers 6-point Racial Equity Action Plan.
In partnership with the Lakers, Contributing Artists create works of art to be exhibited at the inaugural In the Paint art exhibition at Band of Vices. The net proceeds will benefit the Contributing Artists and support the growth and development of In the Paint initiatives.
I was invited by the Los Angeles Lakers to participate in an exhibition at the UCLA Training Facility where I will showcase three of my original artworks in 2024.
The Los Angeles Lakers players and staff will be in attendance along with a host of art collectors and celebrities.
As one of the In the Paint Grantees,
I received mentorship opportunities including artistic support and skill enhancement workshops throughout the year. I also received a $10,000 grant to elevate my artistic endeavors in 2021.
How did I receive the $10,000 grant? The Los Angeles Lakers didn't just send a check my way. Along with the other grantees, I was given two free tickets to attend the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Philadelphia 76ers game on March 23rd, 2022. During halftime, the grantees were given their checks on the Crypto Arena court in front of 19,000 fans.
Band of Vices had the opening of IN THE PAINT. The exhibition includes a preview of my selected works that were part of the private exhibition at the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility.
The works were for sale and available for viewing at Band of Vices, 27 January - 24 February 2024.
Net proceeds from the artwork benefit the artists and the Lakers Youth Foundation.