All posts tagged Unsheltered

  • Unsheltered VI A Big Success

    Our sixth art show, Unsheltered VI, featuring works by homeless, at-risk youth and young adults, was a big success. Taking place at prestigious hair salon Ramos Carreon – owned by Emmy winning stylist Robert Ramon and Philip Carreon – , the event attracted a steady flow of visitors and we had a full house all night.

    The show included 34 pieces as colorful and diverse as the ten young artists who created them: Altitude Abstrakt, Andrew Washington, Darrel DJ Morgan, Jess Barlass, Kris Williams, Leahcim Robinson, Marquze Killion, Morgan Movesaround, Neil Massey, Wolfgang Meesenburg.

    Artists Leah, Andrew, Altitude Abstrakt and Neil (left to right)

    Artists Andrew (left) and Marquze (right)

    AMD founder Maike with set decorator Jean Simone who bought this piece by Marquze Killion

    Richard Gibson (center), owner of Ted Gibson Frames, helped with framing some of the art

    Two of our guests studying the show catalog

    Salon Owner Philip Carreon (left) and salon manager Rowena Ajero












    We were happy to see people connecting with old friends and making new ones.

    The hors d’oeuvres, a  donation by Robert Ramos’ husband, Alejandro Zavala 

    Our wonderful bartender Manuela made sure that the glasses were always full

    DJ Cherish The Luv had come all the way from New York to support us, and her feel good music put a smile on people’s faces.It felt more like being at a party with friends than at a formal art show reception.

    DJ Cherish The Luv enjoying the view

    DJ Cherish The Luv’s view from the balcony


    A Million Drops board members Ross Dodds, Preston Johnson, Denise Grisco, Maike Both and Don W. Neil

    And most importantly: People loved the art! At the end of the day, 26 of pieces had been sold (UPDATE: the additional 8 pieces have sold since), and proceeds went 100% to the artists and towards art supplies.Thank you to everyone who supported us, first of all to Robert Ramos and Phillip Carreon who opened the door of their salon for us; to DJ Cherish The Luv for giving her time, love and talent making people feel happy and at home; to Johnny Cornwell for letting us use his sound system for free; and last but not least to the young, dedicated people who in spite of difficult circumstances, created beautiful art. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and we are looking forward to Unsheltered VII.


  • ‘Unsheltered’ A Full Success

    Frankie felt immediately drawn to this piece by Kris Williams.

    Our opening reception for ‘Unsheltered’ – Art by Homeless, At-Risk Youth & Young Adults of Los Angeles on Saturday, February 4 was a full success!

    A seemingly endless stream people came in to check out the 44 pieces that were up on the walls of Wash On Western (WOW), a brand new, very hip laundromat in the heart of Hollywood. Friends, family, co-workers, strangers, some who had followed our invite, others who just happened to walk by.

    We had a full house, people loved the art and everybody enjoyed free tacos and lemonade, generously donated by WOW. And if that wasn’t enough, chiropractor Dr. Robert Zeravica set up a treatment table and offered free adjustments!

    At the end of the day, 15 works by young homeless people had been sold and will be displayed in someone’s home soon. For now though, they are still up on the walls at WOW, so don’t worry if you couldn’t make it last Saturday. The show will continue throughout the month, and WOW is open 24/7. There are still 30 unsold pieces, beautiful, exciting works waiting for someone to fall in love with them. Prices start as low as $15.

    Laura fell in love with  Neil Massey’s ‘Life Is Strange’.

    Claudia chose an original by Morgan Movesaround for her home.

    Ren picked ‘Blue Smoke’ by Neil Massey for her collection.

    Artist Andrew Washington was thrilled to sell this piece to Gus.


  • UTW Day 2016 Fundraiser

    In just a few weeks, A Million Drops will hold its yearly fundraiser as part of the annual UTW Day. While other, simultaneous events around the globe may be geared towards other projects benefitting local communities, the L.A. event is focussed on homelessness, especially that of youth and young adults, and all money raised from raffle tickets and t-shirt sales will benefit A Million Drops.

    The location – a parking lot in Hollywood where A Million Drops provides their services to the youth and young adults who live in shelters, friends’ couches, sidewalks or next to the 101 freeway – was generously provided by Omega Cinema Props, a local business servicing the film industry. AMD founder Maike has worked in movie production for a number of years, and friends in prop houses followed her call, donating tents, tables, chairs and much more for the event.

    Join us on Saturday, June 11 between  2 to 8 pm, celebrating the good things that happen here in L.A. and around the globe, introducing positive projects + people making change!

    DONATION DRIVE & FLEA MARKET We invite you to stop by and drop off in-kind donations: new or gently used back packs, sleeping bags, tents and new socks are highly appreciated and will go directly to someone in need. We will also gladly accept small household and decorative items, appliances, small furniture… in good, resalable condition – so we can include them in our flea market to help raise money for A Million Drops. Or you could just visit to browse the flea market for that special item you always wanted… 🙂
    MUSIC & ART: Enjoy music by Guam born, Oakland based hip hop poet Drew Imagination and by DJ Matt Cornwall while checking out Unsheltered, an art show featuring amazing works by local homeless and at-risk youth and young adults. All pieces will be for sale, the money will go directly to the homeless artists.
    FOOD & LEMONADE: Made with love and proudly provided by Tacos & Tamales and Misfit Lighting
    NETWORKING: Meet like-minded people and find out about the positive things that are happening in our city. We’ve invited groups and individuals who do good in our local communities to represent themselves, including Laundry Love, American Street Kid, Give A Beat, Brian’s Orchard and more.
    RAFFLE: Lots of great prizes, tickets for a dollar.
    LIVE VIDEO CALLS: We are going to chat live with UTW Day event organizers around the globe to find out about the positive work they do in their own communities.
    ADMISSION: The event is free.
    PARKING: We will provide a limited amount of free parking. There also is street parking on Santa Monica Blvd., Van Ness and Wilton.
    To join the event, please visit us on Facebook.