An Art Studio for Gary Tyler

GARY TYLER: It is time to help provide Gary Tyler with an art studio.
 We feel that this project requires separate funding so that Gary can find a studio and buy the equipment and industrial sewing equipment needed for his quilts.
   As you may know, Gary was the youngest person on death row in America and spent 41 ½ years in Angola Prison. In the four years since Gary’s release from Angola many of us gathered together to provide Gary with  some funding for reentry. This was crucial as Gary arrived with ZERO in Social Security and would have to work until he is 69 to get even the minimum. Since his release in spring 2016 his time has been spent setting up his life in the free world and settling into his job at Safe Place For Youth, the key resource for homeless youth in west Los Angeles.    He has not had the time nor the space to relaunch his work in the Arts in either theatre or quilting. His quilts are collected by Oprah Winfrey, George Soros,  and the Smithsonian African American Museum of Art. Gary is now ready to begin creating his art again. All of the quilts he made in support of the Angola Prison Hospice Program were sold. He is starting from scratch. We aim to raise $30,000 to secure a studio, buy equipment, an industrial sewing machine , and allow Gary the time to create some new art. In supporting Gary in his endeavors your donations reach out much further, as he has such a positive effect on the hundreds of homeless youth he works with and the hundreds of college students he talks to. 

The Top Quilt  above has 4 artists. Top left quadrant, Gary Tyler; Top right Allen Nguyen; Bottom left Lawrence Kenya Jenkins; Bottom right Sharif

2nd Quilt: Joy of Freedom, Gary Tyler

3rd Quilt: Tree of Life, Gary Tyler

 This  campaign organized by Keith Calhoun, Chandra McCormick and Bob Zaugh.
  • David Doonan 
    • $50 
    • 14 mos
  • David Doonan 
    • $50 
    • 14 mos
  • Christopher Haydel 
    • $250 
    • 15 mos
  • David Lumian 
    • $50 
    • 15 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 15 mos
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Organizer

Bob Zaugh 
Organizer
Santa Monica, CA