Tina Lawson hosted her 2nd annual Wearable Arts Gala in Los Angeles over the weekend at the WACO Theater Center.
The annual fete celebrates fine art and raises a toast to African American artists whose provocative and inspiring pieces were auctioned to raise money for teen mentorship programs, Tina’s Angels and Richard’s Warriors as well as WACO’s Mobile Arts Theater.
The Wearable Art Gala is the signature event of WACO Theater Center, founded and built by Tina Knowles Lawson, a fashion designer, art collector and philanthropist, and her husband, actor, director and master acting teacher, Richard Lawson. Solange Knowles, Bianca Lawson, Kelly Rowland and La La Anthony will serve as Honorary Chairpersons for the second annual Gala.
“We are truly excited to host the second annual Wearable Art Gala to celebrate art, culture and humanity,” Tina Knowles Lawson says. “We are in a beautiful moment when black art is challenging societal norms, transforming fashion and truly being appreciated on a large scale,” Knowles Lawson adds. Last fall the Lawsons opened the doors on a state of the art facility in Los Angeles which houses Richard Lawson Studios and produces productions throughout the year. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide a creative center where art can truly to occur, and provide professional and non-professional actors, artists and youth a place to celebrate their own talent and artistry,” says Richard Lawson.
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was honored with WACO Theater Center’s first Humanitarian Award for providing support to numerous global relief efforts and humanitarian causes including Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief, CHIME FOR CHANGE and Formation Scholars among many others. Knowles-Carter’s philanthropic initiatives are channeled through, BeyGOOD, the organization she founded in 2013. In 2017, BEYGOOD4BURUNDI partnered with UNICEF to bring clean, safe water to the most vulnerable women and children in Burundi, East Africa.
WACO Theater honored Gloria Carter, mother of Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), who was the Gala’s inaugural recipient of the Everyday People Award. Ms. Carter co-founded the Shawn Carter Foundation with the mission of helping individuals who face socio-economic hardships to further their education at post-secondary institutions. Since 2003, the Shawn Carter Foundation has raised over $4 million for initiatives promoting youth empowerment and communities in need. The foundation hosts an annual college and university tour, offers a scholarship fund, study abroad experiences and counseling initiatives.
Mr. Carter will present the award to his mother and says,
“She’s changed people’s lives through education and just being a part of the community and touching it. My mom, like her mother before her, believes in community. She believes in people – and bringing them together. This belief was instilled in me.”
Actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery from the Academy Award nominated film GET OUT will served as the Gala’s master of ceremonies. Television personality, fashion designer, author, and women’s and diversity advocate, Star Jones returned as the Gala’s celebrity auctioneer.
Magic Johnson and wife Cookie, Chloe and Halle, Lisa Raye, Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, Broderick Hunter, Lil Rel, Vanessa Bell Calloway, V. Bozeman, and MORE were in attendance!