Art & Community

Our Art & Community Initiative is designed to create more artistic opportunities in the South and South East Los Angeles areas, share our work with the community and create engaging fundraising events to support our organizations’ mission and vision. 

SELA Arts Festival 


Summer 2020 - The SELA Arts Festival ( focuses on showcasing the best of the South East Los Angeles community, featuring artists, musicians, local artisans, and much more. This special event pivoted to an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a virtual space for Southeast Los Angeles communities to unite and celebrate the power of art and creativity. Our team was part of the planning committee and produced several art activity videos for children to create and explore at home. Budding Artists also collaborated with acclaimed French visual artist, Hervé Tullet! Check out the video below to explore Monster Game:  


The Silent Auction 


Summer 2020 - The Silent Auction is an online event bringing unique artisan items in one space. Event Sponsors include Art Supply Warehouse, Cafe Santo, Bubble Bar Soap Company, Wato Soap, LEMA Candles, First Encounters: Art Experiences for Babies, Sara Pilchman Ceramics, and Nepal Tea. Thank you to all of our supporters/bidders and event sponsors! 


Paint and Sip 


Spring 2020 - Art is one of the most ancient forms of human communication. As a way to build community, increase self-confidence, and improve emotional health we launched our first Paint and Sip Fundraiser Event. Additionally, this event supports increased art opportunities in South Los Angeles. The Paint and Sip was a hit! It was held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Lucy Avalos Community Center in the City of Lynwood. Check out a few of our event photos below!  

Annual Culminating Exhibition 


Summer 2019 - Our 1st Annual Culminating Exhibition was held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Mychal’s Learning Place in Hawthorne, CA. The event provided our young Summer Exploration program artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in the community. Additionally, it documented their creative exploration over the summer. For most of the children, this was their first time exhibiting their work. The event featured live music from members of the Southland Symphony Orchestra, a silent auction of unique artisan finds, a build your own robot makers space and so much more. 

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Budding Artists

Founded in 2018, Budding Artists serves the Los Angeles County community by providing under-resourced preschool children with transformative process-focused art experiences. 

© 2020 Budding Artists is a fiscally sponsored program of United Charitable, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.​