In the daily pursuit of art as commerce, it’s easy to lose sight of the power of the arts to inspire, uplift and even to help overcome adversity.
Two non-profit orgs devoted to harnessing that power are looking to the biz this week for coin and support for efforts that aim to make a difference in the lives of orphaned and underprivileged children and the visually impaired.
HearMe, founded by thesps Shae D’lyn and Kevin Jackson, has set up do-it-yourself audio/visual equipment in orphanages from L.A. to Puerto Rico, Iraq, Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.
HearMe volunteers found that it usually only takes a few hours of instruction before the kids are cutting their own tracks and rocking out to “Rock Band.” HearMe’s goal is to connect its “HearMe Hubs” to a network that will allow kids from different countries to collaborate. It also aims to dispatch self-contained studios built into giant shipping containers to more needy orgs around the world.
“Music is the most pervasive medium in the world,” said HearMe exec director Grant Hughes. “We’re not only about giving kids a way to express themselves but also giving them (computer) skills that they might not otherwise have a chance to learn.”
HearMe is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday at Bardot restaurant in Hollywood, coinciding with the eatery’s regular La Boum night featuring DJ Ana Calderon. (More info: Hearmehub.com)
CRE Outreach is a West L.A.-based theater group that runs a performing arts program for blind youths and adults, and another program that provide theater arts instruction to at-risk kids in public schools.
CRE, founded by magician Greg Shane and other legit pros, is launching what it hopes will become an annual event with a fundraiser Saturday at the Playboy Mansion. (More info: CREoutreach.org)