Millikan High School art students helped to raise more than $18,000 recently for Precious Lamb, a preschool for children facing homelessness.
Precious Lamb’s second annual art gala featured portrait artwork by Millikan students. The portrait subjects were homeless children ranging from ages two to five at Precious Lamb. A sold-out crowd of about 250 gathered for the gala at the Liberty Art Gallery in downtown Long Beach.
In their second year of partnering with the preschool, Millikan art teachers, led by department chairs Roberta Patterson and Kathy Charvat, incorporated photographs and biographies of the Precious Lamb students into their class curriculum of portraiture study through several mediums. In all, 137 high school students channeled the emotions and stories of the preschoolers into telling, memorable images. Many of the Millikan students grew attached to their subject and plan to volunteer with Precious Lamb this summer.
The gala raised more than $18,000 through ticket and art sales, a silent auction, a Jet Blue ticket raffle and pledges.