Ann Avrashow

Wayne Kastning


                                                    Chairman's Message

The New Year is upon us and The Joy Kingston Foundation has been a beehive of activity.  Although it’s only February, we have already awarded several creative design scholarships, we've sponsored an educational module at a National Presidential Library and we've started planning our first summer camp program in the arts for children.

The future of the design profession is looking even brighter through our new partnerships with both Woodbury University in Burbank, CA and CSUN, California State University - Northridge:  we will award a scholarship to one talented second semester senior apparel design student at each of these schools.   We look forward to the opportunity to work with the students, faculty and school administrators at these fine institutions.

The Joy Kingston Foundation has also renewed its relationship with the Harry Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. The JKF has made a multi-year pledge to The Truman Library to assist with the creation of an educational module in the museum's student learning center. This module will focus on understanding and interpreting the political decisions made by President Truman as they applied to the creation of Israeli Statehood.  As a native of Kansas City, Missouri and an avid supporter of Harry Truman, Joy would been very pleased that we've honored her memory with the support of the educational mission of the Harry Truman Presidential Library and Museum. 

The year 2013 will continue to provide additional opportunities for the Joy Kingston Foundation to cultivate still more educational partnerships within the design community. The Joy Kingston Foundation looks forward to our relationship and future scholarship programs with Art Center College in Pasadena, CA, Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY and with our new friends at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles, CA.  

Our newsletters will keep you informed about the Foundation's most recent activities, but we encourage you to visit our web site and Facebook page often for the most up-to-date information on design events and breaking news.

By design,

Paul Matthew Layne


“There are many women with a keen sense of fashion who desire the style and good workmanship of the most expensive originals, but who cannot afford to pay the price.  Satisfying their need for style at prices within their budgets is my goal.”

Joy Kingston

                                        CURRENT EVENTS

Dolce and Gabbana to Sell Perfume for Babies

Dolce and Gabbana will soon start selling fragrance for babies. It is alcohol free and has hints of honey, citrus and melon. The perfume will sell for $45 for a 50mll bottle and will compete with baby fragrances from brands such as Burberry and Bulgari.

Samsung and Apple Collide Again in Dutch Court

Ruling surfaced that Samsung's tablet designs do not infringe upon Apple's design patents. the ruling came from a Dutch court that ruled, citing numerous other cases, that Samsung did not break the law. Some tablets with rectangular shape and rounded corners were in question. 

"We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples," Samsung said in a statement.

Apple and Samsung are the largest smartphone and tablet manufacturers in North America.



2013 YMCA Summer Program

We are excited to announce that this coming summer, the YMCA Hiji Center in Camarillo, CA and the Joy Kingston 
Foundation will launch a collaborative summer arts program. Our vision is to offer a unique arts curriculum that teaches the basic principles of design within the structure of a traditional arts and crafts program.



The Ebell of Los Angeles



Detroit North American International Auto Show

This week the motor city is hosting the 2013 North American International Auto Show. All the makers brought their A-game, but many were no match for the hype created by the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7. The design was officially unveiled on January 14th, 2013 and spectators were at no loss for excitement. A tribute to the designs of the 1960's C2 Stingray Corvettes (1963-1967), the newest player in the American high performance game will be as beautiful as it is fast.

Ford unveiled the Atlas concept which shows design and technological motifs that we may expect to see soon with the F-150 truck. Mainly aimed at fuel efficiency, on-the-fly air dam, spoiler and suspension changes promise increases in highway fuel economy.

Another honorable mention is Bob Lutz's LS9 powered Fisker Karma. Apparently electric powered cars with good looks, but without great sounds, were not enough to satisfy the former Vice Chairman of General Motors as he was seen hugging the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 powertrain.

Other introductions included the the Hyundai Genesis concept, the Mercedes Benz CLA class, the Lincoln Motor Company's MK line, and the Toyota Corolla concept.

Barris' Batmobile Hits the Auction Block

The original Batmobile designed and built by Georgre Barris, King of the Customizers, sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona last week for a whopping $4.2 million! When our Chairman, Paul Matthew Layne met George Barris at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Californa in October, George spoke very fondly of his creation which was based on the Lincoln Futura concept car from the late 1950's. 

Watch the auction video here:



School of Media, Culture and Design (MCD) is a thriving dynamic school with the special mission of educating the next generation of creative professionals. We are located in Burbank, which is widely known as the media capital of the world. Our mix of major degree-granting programs covers almost every facet of contemporary culture. Students learn, in many cases, directly from faculty that work in the surrounding creative economy. They also benefit from small class sizes, new digital infrastructure, and enriching student life programs.

California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of nearly 36,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, sited on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. As you explore the university's web site, you will find ample evidence of Cal State Northridge's commitment to the educational and professional goals of students, and its extensive service to the community.
Learn to create. Influence change. This is the mission of Art Center College of Design. For more than 80 years, we've achieved an international reputation for our rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry and a commitment to socially responsible design. At Art Center, we prepare artists and designers to make a positive impact in their chosen fields—as well as the world at large.
The Department of Design is an inquisitive and intelligent community of students and faculty that addresses first hand the issues of the world around it. We take pride in our professionally oriented programs, many of which are top-ranked in the United States and have a long history at Syracuse University. Concern for sustainable design practices, social issues, and excellence in professional practice forms the core of our programs.
FIDM’s focused curriculum integrates creative and leadership skills to develop graduates for the global industries of Fashion, Visual Arts, Interior Design, and Entertainment. Combined with these skills, FIDM Graduates value ethical choices, demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity, communicate effectively, think critically, and possess the knowledge of technology essential to their professions.
A pioneer in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century.

Today, when design thinking is increasingly being employed to solve complex global problems, Parsons is leading new approaches to art and design education.

Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (or “RIZ-dee” for the acronym RISD) is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design in the U.S. Each year approximately 2,300 students from around the world pursue a creative, studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 19 architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors. The college is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York.
The College for Creative Studies nurtures the creativity that is vital to the enrichment of modern culture. The College educates visual artists and designers, knowledgeable in varied fields, who will be leaders in creative professions that shape society and advance economic growth. The College fosters students' resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, embrace their responsibilities as citizens of diverse local and global communities, and learn throughout their lives. The College engages in community service by offering opportunities for artistic development and opening career pathways to talented individuals of all ages


The 2nd Annual Joy Kingston Foundation Golf Tournament
We are in the process of planning the 2nd Annual Joy Kingston Foundation Golf Tournament! The date is to be determined but it is just around the corner. If you wish to donate, sponsor us, or volunteer to help with the day's activities you can contact us at We'll see you on the course!


French-American Jazz Exchange Collaborative Projects
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Deadline May 31st, 2013

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Announces Avian Welfare Grant Fund
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Deadline February 15th, 2013

Kaboom! Invites Grant applications to open previously unavailable playgrounds.
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Rolling Deadline

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