Street Art Fundraiser at Upper Playground for Stoked Mentoring

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Upper Playground Presents Stoked Sessions LA 2009: "I Love LA"

On May 2–3, Upper Playground is hosting Stoked Sessions Los Angeles 2009, an art show and fundraiser for Stoked Mentoring. Every year Stoked teams up with the best artists in action sports, street and fine art to produce original pieces, with 100% of the sales benefiting Stoked Mentoring. This year, Upper Playground is proud to present Stoked Sessions: "I Love LA" at their flagship Los Angeles location. Additional support is provided by FUEL TV.

"Our relationship started this past year when UP donated skateboards for our skateboard

program. We were even more excited to learn that they wanted to partner with us in raising funds for our program. Using their space and getting access to their artists enables us to raise much needed funds to give Los Angeles youth the opportunities to succeed in life. – Steve Larosiliere, Executive Director Stoked Mentoring Inc.

Stoked Sessions has invited over 200 artists based on the West Coast to submit original pieces. Artists confirmed for this year include: Estevan Oriol, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Donny Miller, Aaron Winters, Adam Hughes, Mark Sellman, Andy Rosenthal, Anthony Smith, Brandy Flower, Michael Crivello/ Hit + Run, Brian Gray, Casey Wisden, Blurble, Christy Chaloux, Dash Fidel, David Russell Talbott, Enik One, EyeOne, Jesse Spears, Aryo, Griffin Marcus, Cole Gerst, James Dormer Schneider, James Reitano, Jason Maloney, Jimmy Muga, JAO, JW Miller/ Dektown, Mark Dean Veca, Harrison Boyce, Meshel Homola, Sarah Anderson and Luke Fishbeck, Phoenix, Jason Hernandez, Scott Hultgren, Stacie Krajchir, Alex Kopps, The Love Movement, Graham Watson, Annie Madison, JC Argetsinger, Jimmy Pargas, John Munnerlyn, Dave MacDowell, Alex Prager and Tamar Levine.

"We are very excited to help Stoked Mentoring, by raising awareness through action sports, Stoked has created a positive and fruitful community built around creative expression, bringing help and mentoring to at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Upper Playground is proud to support such a great cause and we look forward to more successful partnerships in the future." – Adam Krohn, Upper Playground

Event Details:

May 2–3, 2009

Upper Playground LA

125 East 6th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

About Stoked Mentoring

Stoked Mentoring is a non-profit organization for at-risk youth with the mission of developing Successful Teens with Opportunity, Knowledge, Experience and Determination through the use of action sports, mentoring and coaching.
About Upper Playground:

Based in San Francisco, CA, Upper Playground is the leader in today's progressive art movement with its innovative apparel and accessories line and art galleries. Since 1999, Upper Playground has been recognized as a catalyst for the fusion of fashion with fine art. UP apparel and accessories are designed by local and international artists including Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, Estevan Oriol, David Choe, and Alex Pardee. The Upper Playground collection is sold in over 300 boutiques worldwide and online. In addition, Upper Playground has stores and galleries in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, New York, and London.