Adopt The Arts Foundation
“Art can save your life. Art is definitely therapy for its creator, but also for its audience because art connects people to their universal humanity. I’m 30 years into my art career and can’t imagine going a day without creating, and that all began as a child luckily for me I’ve always had creative outlets and after some high school negotiations my parents provided me with an even richer art education which I am forever grateful for. To deny elementary school children access to art education is to deny them from developing critical problem solving skills, the ability to express themselves, the ability to collaborate and connect, and so much more. Art enables people, no matter what age, religion, language, or geographic location with a universal understanding of each other and the world around us all.”- Shepard Fairey, Artist and Adopt The Arts Board Member
Adopt The Arts Foundation Team
Matt Sorum - Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Matt was born in Long Beach, California in the rock n' roll heyday of the 1960s. After watching the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan show he became entranced by Ringo Starr and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a drummer. The Beatles opened the door to Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and the Doors. At 14-years-old Matt was wailing with his band The Prophecy alongside the likes of Van Halen and Devo at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and Crazy Horse West. Over the next few years, Sorum honed his chops in numerous session gigs with artists such as Shaun Cassidy, Belinda Carlisle, and King Solomon Burke, solidifying his reputation as a go-to studio drummer. Matt then joined the Cult, touring with Metallica and Aerosmith. In the summer of 1990 Duff McKagan and Slash of Guns n' Roses caught the tour-ending gig of that tour and were blown away by Sorum, inviting him to join Gn'R. After ten years with the band Matt turned his talents to behind the board, working with numerous artists and writing six movie soundtracks under the banner of Orange Curtain Records. Upon finishing a two year run with the Cult, Sorum, McKagan and Slash founded Velvet Revolver with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.
A Grammy Award winning musician and Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Sorum has made an everlasting impact on the world of music. Sorum continues to produce, make music, and tour with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and other musicians. Matt now devotes considerable time and energy to his philanthropic interests, and is especially dedicated to fulfilling his role as Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Adopt the Arts.
Jane Lynch - Founding Board Member
Jane Lynch is the two-time Emmy winning host of Hollywood Game Night and an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee. She currently appears in on Amazon’s The Amazing Miss Maisel garnering her an Emmy win for her portrayal of Sophie Lennon. Lynch’s film credits include Wreck It Ralph I and II, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Role Models, Julie & Julia, A Mighty Wind, Best In Show, and For Your Consideration.
She made her Broadway debut in the 2013 production of Annie, and soon thereafter embarked on a live concert tour, Two Lost Souls with Kate Flannery. Their Billboard Top 10 holiday album, A Swingin' Little Christmas is available from iTunes, Amazon and other outlets.
Friends of Adopt The Arts Foundation
The Friends of ATA include such world renowned Artists as Sheppard Fairey, Billy F Gibbons and Slash. The stature of these Members speaks to the true worthiness of the Adopt The Arts cause.
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Fine Art Photographer Mark Maryanovich
Award-winning photographer Mark Maryanovich has captured an impressive variety of artists including Chris Cornell, Billy F Gibbons, Bob Rock, Chad Kroeger, Elliott Smith and Henry Rollins. His photographs appear as album covers and artwork for companies such as Sony, Universal, EMI, Warner Chappell Music, and Mark has been nominated four times, and received two Canadian Country Music Awards for Recording Package of the Year.
Mark’s commercial clients include Gibson Guitars and Peavey Electronics, and his work has been published in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Mark had the honor of providing the author photo for best selling biographer Robert Lacey's Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty, and book cover images for the legendary Randy Bachman’s autobiography Vinyl Tap Stories, and Matt Sorum’s autobiography Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories from the Drummer of Guns N' Roses, The Cult and Velvet Revolver.
Mark has been recognized by the prestigious Photo Review magazine competition with his selection as a prominent entry, and by the California art community, with his placement as a finalist in the Images From A Glass Eye International Juried Photography Show, and honorable mention in the American Icon Art Competition. Because of his work in this genre, the esteemed Annenberg Space for Photography selected Mark to be part of their slideshow exhibition Country: Portraits of an American Sound, which celebrates the pioneers, poets and icons of country music.
Mark’s images stand out from the masses with a unique quality, a quality created by a unique style of shooting; an experience that captures the raw essence and beauty of his subjects.
Currently, Mark is excited to be working on The ART of GIVING with Co~Creator Matt Sorum. Purely a project fueled by passion, The ART of GIVING exists to create awareness for the charitable causes championed by the world's most iconic artists.
"Not only is Mark Maryanovich one of the world’s premier photographers, he’s also compassionate and donates his time and talent to assist worthy causes.”
Pepper Gomez, CEO and Founder of Wake Up! Music Group