The P.S. ARTS Express Yourself event to improve the lives of children through arts eduction was held in Santa Monica, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 16 and Dish Nation was there with all the stars and their families to celebrate.
“We’ve talked about it. I think if there is gonna be one, I think what we’ll probably do is let the dust settle a little bit on the show a little while then bring it around. We don’t wanna burn ourselves out doing a movie and then not be able to have the creative energy to create another great season. It’s really important to us that the standard of the show doesn’t drop, especially in the later seasons when I think the standard of a lot of shows starts to drop so…we don’t want to burn ourselves out,” Howerton said.
“We’re absolutely open to it. We love working together. We’re still having a lot of fun which is why we’re still doing the show. Listen, I wouldn’t put it past us to do it at some point.”
The Soup host Joel McHale was funny as ever — even throwing shade at Dish host Porsha Williams when he said he would never do a reality TV show saying, “I’m not a whore.”
“Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs and stuff, shows like that. I like Survivor. It’s what we said last week which was like Bravo’s model is, get a bunch of crazy people together for dinner and give them some wine and that’s about it… Makes me want to throw myself off a bridge but others I’d be happy to be on. Naked and Afraid is pretty good,” McHale dished.
“My kids are the luckiest kids on earth and they want for nothing and their school is so great. They go to a private school and it has art and music and science and so many of the public schools don’t, and I lived for art class as a kid,” she said.
“It’s such a place to show creativity, to work out problems…art should be part of a curriculum and I’m all for it.”
Actress Lisa Kudrow said art eduction showed her “a different way of looking at things” and helped nurture her craft.
“Seeing other people who are good at it and you can see how they were able to express themselves… Through the arts, whether they were really good in music, art or performing art…it really helped just as a peer to appreciate my peers,” Kudrow told Dish.
“Even if they weren’t tops in math or the best in something else, they had this talent and ability and I think that’s really important. Then as you start to learn because school, whether you like it or not, you’re learning math and reading and writing and if you don’t lose that creative ability and you’re still practicing it at school, you can start applying it and come up with new ways of looking at things and I think it’s important.”
Susan Sarandon‘s daughter Eva Amurri chatted with Dish about what it was like being a parent to her newborn daughter, if she was getting any sleep, and if she wants Marlowe to follow in her actress footsteps.
“Right now she woke up at about 5 a.m. this morning and she goes to bed at 7, so it’s not that bad. I don’t go to bed at 7 with
her so I’m probably running on six hours…six or seven hours. But i was running on way less a few weeks ago so I’m grateful,” Amurri said.
“I sleep when the baby sleeps…that’s pretty good advice.”
Dish had to ask whether she would prefer Marlowe grow up to be a doctor or an actor and she immediately responded with “Doctor!”
“It’s such an unstable, insecure profession and I think anything that any parent wants is just for their kid to be taken care of, be good. With the arts industry, it’s so up and down,” she said of acting.
“My first choice would obviously be stability, but that would be hypocritical of me so I’m just looking to really instill a really great work ethic in her and that’s more important to me than anything else.
“I don’t think any parents wants their kid to go into the entertainment industry for sure…or maybe there are some. I don’t know any who are artists themselves, so I don’t know. We’ll see, it’s kind of up to her. She’s only 3-months-old so we have a little time.”
“To tell you the truth I’ve been blown away by the community of women and moms and how they show up for each other. We have to kind of create our own village now because families are kind of all over the place…it’s not like everybody’s aunties and cousins…the way it used to be with families,” Berkley said.
“I’ve really been blown away how women in my life and women I don’t know that well have approached me to share wisdom and advice. And it’s not easy to ask for help but I’ve appreciated great women. So I can’t tell you one solid thing because honestly, because any given week there’s a question that comes up and to be able to feel free to reach out is huge.”
FormerScandal actor and Marry Me star Dan Bucatinsky dished about the event saying, “The things i took for granted like just access to crayons and paint and art, music and tambourines. There were things that I took for granted when I was growing up that were part of public school education and those things are things that we can’t necessarily take for granted anymore.
“I think it’s really important to develop that part of the brain for a child…both the math/reading/science part and also the creative. So I love this organization. For years [they have] been developing arts programs and supplementing arts programs across southern California and hopefully nationwide.”
Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein told Dish, “For me it’s so crucial because I feel like I found a way to express myself through my acting and my life in the arts and I didn’t really do much of that growing up so I might have been a healthier kid if I had. I know how important it is to be able to be exposed to visual arts, to music, to singing, to dance and these kids who are benefiting from P.S. ARTS, 75 percent of who are on or below the poverty line, thanks to getting exposure from an arts education they can generate original ideas.
“They can collaborate better with other kids and empathize and understand other kids’ feelings and given where we are with public education in L.A. this is not something they would get otherwise, so it’s an incredible institution to teach kids how to express themselves.”
Amurri couldn’t say enough about the event’s cause saying, “I’m just such a fan of the arts and education. It kind of combines two passions of mine. I’m such a proponent of education, especially in our country and the arts obviously, so I think it’s a great combo and I think it’s so important, especially for kids in underserved communities to be getting that educational creative outlet is really important, so I’m a fan.”
P.S. ARTS’ mission is to improve the lives of children by providing art education to underserved public schools and communities. It is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong art education in dance, visual arts, music, and theatre arts to every child in a school during the regular school day.