California Arts Council

State of California

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March 14, 2012Mary Beth Barber / Tara de Souza
(916) 322.6588 / (323) 632-7084 /

Maria Shriver and others endorse California arts plate program at Sony on March 22

Notables like Robert Redford, Steve Martin, the cast of Glee, and Quincy Jones are "Arts Drivers" with goal of $40 million for arts education

Los Angeles -


Hundreds are expected to attend a special event to support the Arts License Plate program and the California Arts Council on March 22, 2012, at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, including celebrity "Arts Drivers" like Maria Shriver, Macy Gray, Frank Gehry, Debbie Allen, with Ozomatli performing and catering provided by Wolfgang Puck.


Other notable names who have signed on as Arts Drivers and have been invited to the special event include (in alpha order): Annette Bening, Jack Black, Eli Broad, Vernon Davis, Placido Domingo, The Edge, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, the cast of Glee, Macy Gray, Quincy Jones, Steve Martin, Ozomatli, Wolfgang Puck, Robert Redford, Tim Robbins, Ed Ruscha, Russell Simmons and Alice Waters.


The evening marks the launch of the "Create a State" campaign for the California Arts Council. This special team of arts supporters has the goal of raising $40 million for arts and arts education programs through the sale of one million Arts Plates, the iconic special license plate with the sunset and palm tree motif designed by renowned California artist Wayne Thiebaud. Sponsors of the event include Sony Pictures Entertainment, Ovation, and Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg. The "Create a State" campaign was developed by Industrial Creative, a Los Angeles based advertising agency.


The star-studded "Create a State" event takes place on March 22, 2012, starting at 7:00 p.m. (pre-event festivities at 6:30 p.m.) at Sony Pictures Studios at 10202 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA. Credentialed press are invited to attend and should coordinate with Tara de Souza,, for pre-event preparation. For background information on the Arts License Plate and the California Arts Council, please contact Mary Beth Barber at 916-322-6588, 916-835-5580 (cell), or

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Susan Steinhauser, and Rosalind Wyman.

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