The days leading up to our Pixar tribute and benefit show were long. Walls had to go up, furniture had to be moved, display doors had to be touched up, food had to be prepared, and most importantly, art had to be mounted. But all this work was made easier, thanks to our incredible artists, volunteers, and partners.
Finally! For the Love of Pixar had arrived...and guess what? We had a BLAST!
Although we didn't raise a lot of financial support, we were able to raise a lot of awareness for charities like Give Clean Water, LiNK: Liberty in North Korea, and Invisible Children. With nearly 700 people dropping by to check out our event throughout the day, we have no doubt our artists were encouraged and the spirits of the people involved in these charities were lifted. To top it off, our guests donated lots of new toys for children in need.
Below are several photos from the event - including some from photographer Lisa Diaz. We especially want to thank her for documenting the details of the art show so well. Check out her Instagram profile here.
Again, a big thank you to everyone who played a part in making this art show a reality. No role was too small.
There are three charities our show is supporting through the sale of art on October 11. One of them is Invisible Children. IC is an organization that seeks to end the violent acts of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) which include abductions and abuse of children who are forced to serve as soldiers in places like Central Africa.
I recently had the privilege of asking Jason Russell, Co-founder of Invisible Children, three questions. Below are his answers.
3 QUESTION INTERVIEW:
1. The Pixar universe is full of characters we can relate to. Is there one particular character you identify with the most? Why?
Edna Mode is my all-time favorite Pixar character. I just love that they couldn't find anyone else that could play the part, so they had Director Brad Bird do the voice. She to me is the most original and memorable character.
As far as identifying with one character though, I think it would be a toss up between Lighting McQueen and Woody. At times I feel like McQueen. I have a tendency to want to move super fast and sometimes make it all about me, while the Woody spirit in me is old school, analogue, and knows the value of true friendships.
2. What person, place or thing is inspiring you right now?
Hafiz's poems are inspiring me right now, especially this one:
God and I have become
Like two giant fat people
Living in a tiny boat
Bumping into each other
3. Years ago you decided to step up and be an agent of change in the world. What kind of encouragement would you give to someone who believes that their efforts can't make a difference?
* There is no such thing as an act of love too small.
* Follow your passion, the money will follow you.
* Everyone at all times is asking the world these three questions: Do you see me? Do you hear me? And does what I say mean anything to you?
- I learned this last one from Oprah.
To learn more about Invisible Children, click here.