February 09, 2004 - PlatteForum Serves up Art at Hot New Eatery
What: PlatteForum cocktail Party at Zengo
Where: Zengo Restaurant
When: February 5, 2004
Host(s): Dana Miller
Founders: Mark Smith
Executive Director: Judy Anderson
Committee Members: Dana Miller, Judy Anderson, Lisa Zoller, Leena Cazeaux
Quote of the evening: "Art moves"
Menu: Asian/Latin foods
Attire: Asian influence
Special Thanks: Zengo, East- West Partners, Mark Smith, Richard Sandoval and Chris Frampton
Hors D'Oeuvres:: Zengo's tasty sushi, lettuce wraps, fish tacos, duck rolls, red snapper bites, and much more
Event Coordinator: Dana Miller and Judy Anderson
Board of Directors: Dana Miller, Judy Anderson, Lisa Zoller, Leena Cazeaux, Erin Efaw, Bruce Fowler
Blacktie Photos by: Barbara Segal
Dana Miller, Platte Forum community director and "Hostess with the Mostess!"
The purpose for the party was to collect support for PlatteForum, a community based nonprofit center that brings underserved children, their families, and the community into a creative space to work with professional practicing artists, serving 1,000 youth annually.
PlatteForum also supports artists with a Creative Residency Program, where artists work full-time to produce creative work in their fields. Residents share their passion with these underserved youth in workshops coordinated with schools and mentoring organizations, which collaborate to help run the programming. Audiences of up to 5,000 have viewed the finished works. The programs at PlatteForum help to break down social and economic barriers that prevent at-risk youth from reaching their true potential; In short, these children explore talents they never knew they had and their parents get to see their kids’ spirits soar.
The PlatteForum believes that art is one of the primary vehicles that can help develop a community of healthy, compassionate and innovative individuals. Their belief is that arts education is critical to development of all youth at all stages, and that artistic expression builds strong self-awareness and self-esteem. At the PlatteForum, participants work collaboratively to explore, find solutions, weigh alternatives, and communicate their ideas verbally and graphically using materials, form and movement.
Upon exiting Zengo’s, attendees received parting gifts and an information packet with a PlatteForum (resident produced) DVD of young participants creating art pieces. The DVD documents them as they share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. It was delightful to see these kids glowing from a great sense of self-worth, which the PlatteForum helped them achieve.