October 29, 2005 – Los Angeles, CA: Witches, fairies, pirates, elves and more danced at the Artists For A Better World Halloween party at the AOLA Atrium. The party included plenty of music, singing, a drum circle, awards, and prizes for best costumes and was also a benefit for The Way To Happiness and included youngsters and adults of all ages. Co-Producer of the event, Petrina Sharp said, “Costumes, kids, music, dancing – what a great way to celebrate Artists For A Better World!”
Lura Schmiedeke presented prizes to the winners of the Artists For A Better World “Kids Poster Contest.” Earlier this school year, children from a number of Los Angeles schools submitted drawings, pastels and watercolors, depicting “How To Make A Better World.” Lura Schmiedeke was the Director of the program and said, “It’s really inspiring to view life through the eyes of children.” 13-year-old, Alex Kang, of the Renaissance Academy was the Grand Prize Winner.
Co-Producer of the event, Tom Fair, sang and played guitar, and also taught the audience how to square dance. Al Johnson led the audience in a dance with a song he wrote called “The Shiver.” Performers throughout the evening included Hutton Rounds, Linda Tourje, Claes & Annie, Mister B and his Band, and special guests Homemade Jam – The Party Band.
Pirate, Rob Hoover, won the adult costume contest and 5-year old fireman, Nathan Sharp-Zirkelbach, won the best costume for his age group. Rob Hoover spoke about the great time he had leading the drum circle and said, “Get a bunch of artists and kids and drums together and how could you have anything but fun.”
AFABW Int President, George Alger presented this year’s art properties: the AFABW Int AFRICA compilation CD, which includes global musicians and singers; Bamboo Souls, the AFABW Int poetry compilation book which includes 47 poets from 9 countries; and the AFABW Int 2006 Visual Arts Calendar. Copies of the calendar were given out to the featured artists in the calendar and were available for sale to the attendees as well as in the Artists For A Better World online store.
Special thanks to David Bartlett, Evette Murphy and Lisa Tweede for their support in the production of the event and to Petrina Sharp for all the decorations.
The party raised funds to print The Way To Happiness booklets which contain 21 values found in nearly all cultures, ethnic groups and religions and includes concepts such as, “Be Worthy of Trust,” “Love and Help Children,” and “Do Not Steal.”
Artists For A Better World International has a purpose to raise the awareness of worldwide artists about using their creative powers to benefit mankind by leading the way to a better world and by supporting like-minded public benefit organizations that advocate humanitarian benevolence.