Youth-Project Art: Animals Are Our Friends

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PROJECT ART: "Animals Are Our Friends"

Art, children and a cause, there's no better creative combination! LA-based nonprofit Lu Parker Project, Found Animals Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles have partnered with the LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program, to launch the Animals Are Our Friends student art project.

The one-of-a-kind art project encourages students of LA's BEST to work their creative minds towards a meaningful competition: Creating art reflecting compassion and respect for animals.

The educational art project kicked-off in mid-September across 186 LAs BEST elementary schools -- serving 28,000 children between the ages of five and 12- and will run through mid-October. The project will culminate with a star-studded awards ceremony at the Found Animals Forum held on November 13 at the California Science Center.

A judging panel comprised of celebrities, local news personalities, and city leaders are slated to announce the selected artworks on the day. The celebrity panel includes: Univision personality Ericka Pino, Animal Planet's Shorty the Pit Boss, KCBS television personality Jackie Johnson, KTLA's Morning News Co-Anchor Frank Buckley, Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz and General Manager of the Department of Animal Services Brenda Barnette.

Select artwork will be on display at prominent animal shelter locations around the Los Angeles area.