Los Angeles, CA- Zalemark Holding Company, Inc. is the sole jewelry group to donate items for the annual Adopt the Arts (ATA) Gala in order to support bringing arts education back into many LAUSD schools. Zalemark’s CEO, Raymond Ruiz states, “The partnership between Zalemark and ATA will be entering its’ second year. The partnership is to bring awareness to the community about the importance of arts education, beginning with the elementary level for children. The Zalemark team is proud to support this cause with its Global Brands for the benefit of the children.”
According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), there are still not enough teachers, equipment or instruments for every child to receive an arts education of any kind. As in many school districts around the country, LAUSD has been slowly eroding its commitment to arts education, reducing the budget incrementally. The LAUSD district also estimates that 80% of its student body is living at or below the poverty line, which means the vast majority of these elementary school children will not have access to the arts outside of school.
ADOPT THE ARTS (adoptthearts.org)–a Los Angeles-based charity co-founded by musician Matt Sorum and activist Abby Berman, and actively supported by artists like actress Jane Lynch (founding board member)–works to preserve arts programs in U.S. public schools. To raise awareness, 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. The ADOPT THE ARTS advisory board includes: SLASH, JOHN STAMOS, BILLY BOB THORTON, STEVE STEVENS, JULIETTE LEWIS, DANNY MASTERSON, SHEPARD FAIREY, ADRIAN YOUNG and GINA GERSHON.
ZALEMARK HOLDING COMPANY INC. (www.zalemark.com) – A Los Angeles based award winning product design, development and distribution group with international and national alliances with license partners. Zalemark group works with product placement, integration and expansion alongside entertainment properties with access to industry events and talent. Zalemark is publicly traded under the trading symbol ZMRK.