The Creative Visions Foundation recently turned on LA on to the global efforts of thought-leaders and creative activists with their Turn On LA gala event at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. “Our tortured, fragmented and troubled world needs inspiration: storytellers, artists and media-makers who can create awareness of critical issues and ignite positive change,” says Kathy Eldon, Founder of Creative Visions Foundation (CVF).
The evening honored the work of Emmy-winning chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who was in Texas trying to help the Ebola crisis, Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (video acceptance) and filmmaker, photographer, activist Lekha Singh. With a special performance from Aloe Blacc and special presenters such as Kweku Mandela, grandson of legendary South African President Nelson Mandela, the event united and ignited Los Angeles’ top entertainment industry influencers, artists, journalists and philanthropists.
The night opened with a video welcome by Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman, during which the veteran actor declared,”I am Morgan Freeman and I am a creative activist.” The Academy Award-winner has never hesitated to be vocal and involved in everything from environmental issues and alternative fuels to politics and human rights. The most recent Turn On LA was attended by filmmakers Christopher Nolan, Jon Turteltaub and Tom Shadyac as well as actors Maria Bello and Lindsay Price, to name a few.
Inspired by the life of Reuters photojournalist Dan Eldon, Creative Visions supports creative activists around the world, individuals who use media and the arts to tell stories that need to be told about problems that need to be solved in five critical areas: human rights, women’s empowerment, youth and education, health and the environment.
“So much injustice happens in the world simply because of a lack of acknowledgement,” said Joy Moeller-Donnell, COO of Vanichi Magazine. If we don’t know, don’t recognize or don’t regard a problem, it will never find a solution because we don’t, by nature, solve problems that don’t exist in our minds. Creative Visions gives a platform for acknowledge that leads to discussion, realization and real change. No voice is too small to make noise. No effort is too tiny to create positive change,” added Moeller-Donnell.
“It’s very inspiring to see all the great things Kathy and Creative Visions put together. The empowerment they evoke through creative activism is nothing short of inspiring,” said Jordan Anthony Swain, Editor-in-Chief of Vanichi Magazine.
Before wowing the audience with his musical performance, Interscope recording artist Aloe Blacc made the audience gasp and applaud when he generously donated $15,000 to Creative Visions during a live auction. “Artists much as myself have a huge voice and we’re able to speak to the world at any given point in time. Putting messages in our art helps to tell stories that are important for people to hear. It helps to reinforce the concept of compassion, of thoughtfulness, of helping to make the world a better place,” said Blacc.
TURN ON LA showcased the very best of creative activism from around the globe at an inspiring, but hugely entertaining event that helped fund Creative Visions Foundation. CVF is currently incubating more than 80 projects and productions in the U.S. and overseas, impacting millions.
About Creative Visions Foundation:
A 501 c3, Creative Visions Foundation was formed by Kathy Eldon and Amy Eldon Turtletaub, mother and sister of Reuters photojournalist Dan Eldon. Dan was tragically stoned to death in 1993 alongside three of his colleagues by an angry mob in Mogadishu, Somalia. Creative Visions supports creative activism and provides a platform for those striving to ignite change in human rights, women empowerment, youth and education, health and the environment. Creative Visions Foundation can be visited online www.creativevisions.org