Use this area to offer a short teaser of your email's content. Text here will show in the preview area of some email clients.

Ann Avrashow

Wayne Kastning


                                        Chairman's Message
February was a particularly short month, but the Joy Kingston Foundation had no shortage of activities to keep us very busy. Our new children's summer arts program took shape as well as plans for other programming making arts education more accessible to the public. The Joy Kingston Foundation helped achieve programming goals by continuing to build new partnerships. It was very exciting to see this evolve and more details will be forthcoming.
With the winter weather in California being colder than normal this year, it was an excellent opportunity to venture to warmer climates for design related events and adventures. Recent trips include world-renowned architect, Frank Wrights' Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Walter and Leanore Annenberg retreat: Sunnylands in Palm Desert. Both are wonderful examples of midcentury architecture and bursting with interesting design history.
Also in the desert in Palm Springs is the annual Modernism week. The event lasted for 10 days and full with activities to delight the designer in all of us. Midcentury homes were open to walking tours and bus tours to shuttle visitors to modern architectural gems all around Palm Springs. There was a vintage camper show as well as dealers of midcentury furniture, accessories and collectibles were in abundance. Also taking place simultaneously was the McCormick vintage auto auction. Crosleys to Cadillacs and Pontiacs to Packards were available for viewing or for purchase by the highest bidder. Amazing architecture, fabulous furniture, vintage cars and sunshine; what could be better?
Recently, we received news from the Utah Museum of Fine Art, that a restoration project, which The Joy Kingston Foundation had funded, was completed. A portrait of famous silent film costume and set designer, Natacha Rambova fell into disrepair and had not been exhibited in many years due to its condition. Natacha's donations and contributions led to the creation of the Utah Museum of Fine Art. Natacha donated this life size portrait painted in about 1920 along with a vast collection of other items including rare Egyptian artifacts. Much like Joy Kingston, Natacha Rambova was a renaissance woman. The Joy Kingston Foundation was thrilled to participate in this restoration project and we eagerly await for the display of this portrait at the museum in 2014.
New information, updates and photos have been added to the Joy Kingston Foundation web site this month. We encourage you to visit it and our Facebook page often for up-to-date information 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


Legendary Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Passes Away

On February 18, 2013, Los Angeles Lakers Owner Jerry Buss passed away due to complications from cancer; he was 79 years old. Under Buss’ ownership, the Lakers won 10 championships that included the careers of Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul Jabar and Shaquille O’Neal.

Taliesin West -- Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

This multi-purpose structure that encompasses Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter retreat, studio, and architecture school has been built in 1937 in northeast Scottsdale. Now, it is the location of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the main campus of Frank Lloyd School of Architecture. Frequent tours are open to the public. 
For more info please visit --


Dodge Tomahawk

This Dodge Tomahawk is very limited motorcycle that use 10 cylinder, 90 degrees v-type engine. It can reach 350 mph (560 km/h) when it’s on top speed. This motorcycle can produce 500 horsepower (370 Kw) @ 5600 rpm. This motorcycle is using a simple transmission system by using just 2 speed manual transmission.

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



University Programs use art to teach black history

Next week, Ohio State University-Newark will recognize Black History Month by incorporating art into the university's annual Black Heritage Dinner, a tradition started last year. This year the theme is "Motown Sound".

Not only is the event exclusive for the university students but they will also involve Legend Elementary School by its Diversity Through Artistry program. There, the students will create a piece of artwork that captures what diversity means to them. Their artwork will be on display at the Warner Library until March 1st. The university will host a reception for the students and their families on March 5th.


Comunidades Unidas "The Pink Dress"

The Joy Kingston Foundation was a major sponsor for The Pink Dress Breast Cancer Awareness 3rd Annual Event in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is an annual fundraising event benefitting the Latina community through a fashion design contest. It also featured a survivor runway show.



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
More information at
Deadline May 31st, 2013

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

Crayola Invites Proposals from Elementary Schools for 2013 Creative Leadership Grants 
More information at
Deadline June 21, 2013


 follow on Twitter | friend on Facebook | forward to a friend 

Copyright © 2013 The Joy Kingston Foundation,
All rights reserved.
The Joy Kingston Foundation PO Box 1330
Thousand Oaks, 
CA 91358