La Jolla Festival of the Arts Returns June 20 & 21

The beloved La Jolla Festival of the Arts returns June 20 and 21 for its 29th year, complete with a new look and a new theme: celebrating Surf Culture. Get the chance to experience works from 200 prestigious local and national artists as they showcase their work in everything from painting to sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and photography.

In support of this year’s new theme, the Festival will host two local San Diego surf icons as honorary ambassadors of this year’s festival: Aaron Chang of Aaron Chang Fine Art Photography and Tim Bessell of Custom Surfboards by Tim Bessell have partnered with the festival to enhance the 2015 Surf Culture theme.

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The festival has roots that date back to the mid-70s; in 1977, Sue Ehrhardt – wife of Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club founder, Ross Kiwanis – lost her leg in a water skiing accident. She refused to let that stop her from achieving her goals, however, and five years later, she learned to snow ski – which inspired her husband Ross’s club to develop an adaptive skiing program for the disabled. Recognizing their community’s need for adaptive sports programs, the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club eventually created the La Jolla Festival of the Arts in 1987 to fund dozens more adaptive programs.

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The Torrey Pines Kiwanis remains to this day a non-profit organization that raises funds to support adaptive sports and recreation programs for San Diegans’ with disabilities.

Over the past 30 years, 500 students from San Diego have learned to ski and more than 40,000 San Diegans have participated in local adaptive sports programs. The festival has raised nearly $2 million in support of 30 adaptive sports programs, and just last year, more than $157,000 was raised for charity at the Festival.

The 2015 La Jolla Festival of the Arts will be held Saturday, June 20 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, June 21 from 10am-5pm at UC San Diego’s Warren Field. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit their official website.

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