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:  

Silent Auction

Launched Summer 2019 - The Silent Auction is an in-person/online event bringing unique artisan items in one space. All funds raised from the event supports our premier Summer Exploration Program, providing 60 children with six-weeks of free process-based art classes and art materials. 

This year marks our 3rd Annual Silent Auction. Event dates are Friday, August 27 - Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Participating brand information is forthcoming. 

Paint & Sip

Launched 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 East Los Angeles. The Paint and Sip was a hit! Here are some photos from our first Paint and Sip event 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!  

Our 2nd Annual Paint and Sip event was virtual on Saturday, February 20, 2022. 

Public Arts Initiative 

Launched Winter 2019 - Our Public Arts Initiative focuses on donating artwork created by our young artists to local hospitals and public community spaces.  Art can transform the blank walls of clinical environments or public spaces into compassionate care areas filled with imagination, inspiration, and hope. Budding Artists has donated artwork to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center for their new pediatric medical home in Downey and the City of Lynwood Parks and Community Services Department.


Culminating Exhibition

Launched 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. 

Our 2nd Annual Culminating Exhibition launched on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, visit to view the virtual exhibition. 

The Gift Of Play

"Play is one of the most important ways in which children learn"

- Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Research suggests: 

  • Play is essential for healthy brain development;

  • Play reduces obesity and associated diseases;

  • Play helps children manage stress and even recover from trauma;

  • Play helps families bond;

  • Play contributes to academic skills.

Every year during the holiday season, Budding Artists donates toys to young children in the South and South East Los Angeles areas. We have given away over 60 new toys since the launch of the Gift of Play Project. 

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