AFABW and Earth Day 2005

April 24, 2005 – Los Angeles: Artists For A Better World participated in the Earth Day 2005 Street Festival Celebration with The Earth Organization and the Church of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard Way was transformed into an outdoor extravaganza of art, community booths, music, food, education, horse-drawn carriage rides, a parade and much more.

The Artists For A Better World booths included displays and awards of the Children’s Environmental Art Contest and Show. About 20 Los Angeles public schools participated in the contest. AFABW member, Lura Schmiedeke, organized the exhibits and awards and Rob Hoover was the Executive Producer. AFABW members Barbara Oliver, Petrina Sharp, Becky Mate and George Alger answered questions about AFABW and the importance of artists using their influence to create a better world. AFABW member, Curtis Jones, was on hand to draw portraits of visitors. AFABW member Ron Fuget demonstrated pottery making and did lots of face painting!

There were fun activities and games for kids and adults. Free potted plant were given to the first 100 kids. Live music was presented on 2 stages which featured bands, singers, a stage show, poetry, and open-mike karaoke

There was a marching band, street dancers, 12 costumed characters depicting the planets of the Solar System, Korean Martial Arts demonstration, free horse drawn carriage rides down L. Ron Hubbard Way and even skiing and snowboarding lessons.

The booth for the Earth Organization featured an enlightening video presentation. The big yellow Volunteer Minister tent was a highlight at the festival with free stress tests. Additional groups represented included: Heal the Bay; Celebrity Centre International Surf Club; the Equestrian Club; Drug Free Marshals; Youth for Human Rights; Mary’s Schoolhouse; Delphi Academy LA; Hollywood Education and Literacy Pjt.; Valley Horse Owners Assn.; Vaquero Heritage Foundation: Early California Spanish Cowboys; New Era Seniors; Narconon; Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights for LA; Tujunga Watershed Council; Eco Group for the Hansen Dam; and the Center for a More Perfect Union.

The event organizer, Rob Hoover said, “This is a fun way for a bunch of different groups in the community to celebrate Earth Day together and promote taking responsibility for and caring for our world.”