OWSLA Goods hosted their annual artist-donated clothing sale to benefit FreeArts.org this weekend, and we’re happy to report that they raised nearly $2,000 for the Los Angeles-based organization, selling items donated by boss-man Skrillex, Jauz, GTA, TOKiMONSTA, Habstrakt, Softest Hard, Lil Texas, [ESQAPE], and more. It also featured rare relics from the OWSLA Goods Vintage Collection, a series of one-off items printed on epic thrift shop finds. The sale was organized by Goods’ own Synjin Mrkvicka aka SYN, who chose to partner with FreeArts.org because of their incredibly simple yet high-impact mission of bringing art supplies and mentorship to children in the LA foster system, using art creation to help restore self-esteem, resiliency, and hope.
“Free Arts has such a simple mission, but it does so much good and they make it really easy to help,” Synjin said. “There are a ton of kids caught up in the legal system who are under all kinds of stress, and have to sometimes sit around a courthouse most of the day. Doing an art project while they’re waiting with a group or just a positive adult means so much in a situation like that.”
FreeArts.org currently provides creative arts programs to more than 22,000 children in LA every year with programs designed and implemented by expert trained facilitators, who rely on the assistance of nearly 200 adult volunteer mentors in executing their mission. If you’d like more information on how to get involved, learn more about volunteer opportunities here. You can also make a monetary or art supply donation here. Thanks Free Arts, all the artists who generously donated, and to everyone who came out and probably came up on some great new stuff!