Bicoastal audio shop Elias Arts teamed up with Furlined to drop a festive beat at the holiday fundraising event, “Lights On,” raising over $33,000 for The Students First Center. The new center, launched by the LA-based nonprofit New Visions Foundation, is dedicated to providing innovative opportunities to youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system—giving them opportunities to transition back into their communities and realize their full potential through art, photography, spoken word, rap, singing and other creative outlets.
Elias Arts brought on noted music producer and renowned Hip Hop beat artist Just Blaze to inspire the students with his story of how creativity has transformed his life, allowing him to follow his most ambitious dreams and embrace his full potential. The Paterson, New Jersey born music guru has collaborated with top Hip Hop performers including Jay Z, Eminem, Lenny Kravitz and Drake, to name a few. Following his inspirational words, New Visions students were given the opportunity to perform their own Hip Hop stylings over Just Blaze’s eminent beats.
Elias Arts connected with Furlined President Diane McArter, who has been a longtime supporter of New Visions, to help infuse the fundraising event with musical acts, inspiring the attendees to donate and the students to create. Industry professionals enjoyed the Hip Hop performances, spoken word performances, as well as inspirational words from creativity expert and veteran TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson.
Notes Elias Arts Director of Marketing Kate Dohaney, “This was a great opportunity for us to do what we’re truly passionate about: inspiring creativity. It is beyond moving to see how art can give these students a new lease on life.”