ARTribe, an organization of Los Angeles high school students which has dedicated itself to raising money for worthy causes through events featuring the work of talented high school artists, held its second annual fundraising exhibition Friday, May 9th, at the Santa Monica Art Studios.

This year’s event included art contributed by students from Los Angeles private and public high schools, including Crossroads, Wildwood, Windward, Harvard Westlake, Santa Monica High School, Malibu High School, Archer, Marlborough and New Roads.

Media on view included photography, sculpture, film, drawing and painting, according to ARTribe.

Last year, the organization’s first event had approximately 1,000 guests, including celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Giorgio Moroder, Sofia Milos, Justin Chambers, Sally Field and producer Martha De Laurentiis. That exhibition raised $47,036 benefiting the SPIRAL Foundation’s Mother and Child Project.

The SPIRAL Foundation is a nonprofit humanitarian organization founded in 1998 by Marichia Simcik Arese which works to improve living conditions and healthcare in the most impoverished areas of central Vietnam and eastern Nepal, where diffused poverty, malnutrition, environmental degradation and pollution problems have had an adverse impact on neo-natal health, says an ARTribe spokesman.

The organization also provides income-generating activities for 1,000 people in Nepal and Vietnam and has financed over 250 heart and brain tumor surgeries for poor children born with congenital heart disease and donated over $100,000 to build the Ilam Clinic in the Himalayan Mountains.

Students Alexa Gray and Andrew Gold founded the ARTribe collective after returning from trips to South East Asia in 2006 and witnessing firsthand the suffering of the communities in those countries.

In Hue, Vietnam, Gold helped out at a workshop run by the SPIRAL Foundation and met a number of Vietnamese children who received heart surgeries thanks to SPIRAL’s efforts. The SPIRAL Foundation’s achievements led to its selection as the beneficiary of the funds raised by ARTribe’s events.

“You read a lot today about disenchanted and alienated youths and how technology has produced a more selfish generation of children, and while I do get that impression from a lot of people nowadays, with this project everyone is really excited and willing to do their part,” said Liz Raiss, an 18-year-old senior at Crossroads who helped organize the event.

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