On Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 NBA Star Amaré Stoudemire and Acclaimed Contemporary Artist and LA Native, RETNA joined together for a live art installation for community children at Pan Pacific Park to inspire kids to engage in the arts.
Amaré and RETNA painted several paintings along with the children and throughout the evening Amaré took breaks to shoot hoops with the children. This park is the same park that RETNA grew up at, and is brought his peer Amaré Stoudemire to create an interactive experience for local youth to engage in arts and sports activities.
This is the first “In The Paint” Series launched by Amar’e Stoudemire through his Melech Collection, a platform he created to provide access between emerging artists and burgeoning art enthusiasts. Through the “In the Paint” Series which reflects both his love for art and basketball, he will collaborate with leading and emerging artists in local communities throughout the country to create interactive events to expose youth to art in their community.
At the close of the evening Amaré, alongside RETNA, presented a $20,000 check, the largest single donation by an NBA player to date to Pan Pacific Park.
Amaré and RETNA were also honored by the city of Los Angeles with certificates of recognition for their charitable work.