“We are incredibly excited to launch the Tommy Hilfiger-P.S. ARTS Education Program,” said Amy Shapiro, Executive Director, Advancement & Operations for P.S. ARTS. “Tommy Hilfiger has been a longtime advocate for autism awareness and education, and this unique partnership is a tremendous reflection of our mission of improving the lives of children with comprehensive, sustainable, high-quality arts education to underserved public schools and communities.”The evening preceding the school visit, members from the P.S. ARTS Board of Trustees and staff honored Mr. Hilfiger and his wife Dee with a dinner party hosted by Maria Bell at her Los Angeles home. The dinner was attended by notable philanthropists and fashion industry leaders. “I have long been an active member of the arts community and personally dedicated to raising money to support arts education across the country,” said Maria Bell. “Tommy Hilfiger is a dear friend and it is an honor to celebrate the launch of this important arts education program with such a fantastic group of people.” The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation’s support of P.S. ARTS reflects the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to autism related programs across North America. Tommy and Dee Hilfiger are both passionate and long-time supporters of the autism community, raising funds and awareness of the disorder. Tommy Hilfiger established The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation in December 1995 to help empower America’s youth, developing and supporting programs and partnerships that build and promote healthy communities by supporting education, health and cultural programs. The Foundation believes education and family is the cornerstone for today’s diverse youth population. For children to succeed in today’s global society, a stronger emphasis must be placed on higher education leading to greater career opportunities. The Foundation also recognizes the importance of building a healthy community and is committed to investing in organizations and cultural programs that impact the physical well-being of at risk youth and family programs.
P.S. ARTS is the only artists-in-residence program in Southern and Central California providing weekly, yearlong arts education programs integrated into the regular school day. Their programs create a positive impact on the academic, social, and emotional wellbeing of the children they work with. P.S. ARTS hires and trains professional artists to develop standards-based curriculum and teach dance, music, theater, and visual arts. The organization customizes instruction to meet the specific needs of the elementary and middle schools, and all classes are in alignment with the California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards.