Category Archives: Council for Creativity

Which Artist’s Work Will You Take Home at the Red Dot Auction?

With just a week left before the Red Dot Auction, we wanted to share with you the stories of the artists who have donated art work (or in some cases, more than one) to this year’s Red Dot Auction. This fundraiser, now in its sixth year, benefits the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Today we feature artist Naylene Justis.

Naylene Justis

Naylene Justis has been fascinated by drawing since she was able to hold a crayon. She has been equally fascinated with silliness, and so cartoons have been a lifelong passion. She studied animation at Cal State Fullerton where she graduated in 2012. She currently works as a caricature artist at Downtown Disney turning real people into cartoon drawings. When she isn’t drawing cartoons or devouring mammoth novels she can often be found volunteering at the Chuck Jones Center.

Will you go home with Naylene’s donation to this year’s Red Dot Auction? Ticket’s available at ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot. Pre-bidding is now available at Heritage Auctions, click here to place your bids

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Can Your Family Come Out & Play? Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity

CAN YOUR FAMILY COME OUT AND PLAY?

Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity Features Script-writing, Cartoon-drawing, Music-playing Family Fun at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity October 4

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Costa Mesa, CA, September 04, 2015: “It looks like you’re having fun,” was one of the highest compliments given by famed artist, author, and educator, Don Graham, to his students when the work they were doing showed promise. Having fun is an important part of creative endeavors at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 1-4pm and will benefit the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity. Tickets just $50 per family, available here: PIF4Creativity.org

“Everyone remembers knocking on your best friend’s door and asking, ‘can Johnny come out and play?” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board and grandson of Chuck Jones. “That’s exactly what Play It Forward is for—having fun and playing, while paying it forward.”

A carnival atmosphere will pervade this family-friendly event where you and your children will be able to participate in creativity stations throughout the 6000 square foot Center. There will be mask-making, guitar-playing, face-painting, lyric-writing, toy-making, animation light-table drawing, and a Foley station where you’ll be able to lay down a sound track for a short student-produced animated cartoon.

AND! You’ll be able to collaborate on your very own stop-motion animated short cartoon. You’ll storyboard your idea with the help of the Center’s teaching artists, and then film the action against a giant background using masks of some of Chuck Jones’s favorite characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and Pepé le Pew with his paramour, Penelope the cat.

Play It Forward, a Fundraiser for Creativity, will be open from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday, October 4 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, Ca. Tickets are $50 per family, regardless of the number of members, and will include carnival food such as popcorn, cotton candy, hot pretzels, and soft drinks. Plus there will be food stations manned by award-winning chefs where you’ll learn to make sweets and savories, and then eat them! Learn to think creatively, support others to do the same in the future through this fundraiser, and have fun all at the same time! Tickets available at PIF4Creativity.org.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award-recipient and legendary animation pioneer and creator, Chuck Jones. Its vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few. It is our mission to inspire the innate creativity that resides in all of us, but particularly in children, through the philosophies and genius of Chuck Jones. The Center is located at South Coast Collection (SoCo) in Costa Mesa, convenient to the 405 at Harbor Blvd.

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A Few Highly Motivated People Walked Into a Not-for-Profit and…

It’s no joke that the Center put out a request recently for new volunteers to assist the organization in its growth goals for 2014 and beyond. This past Tuesday evening, sixteen people answered the call for six defined areas: office administration, marketing, computer support, event support, program artist, and community ambassador. A heartfelt “Thank You!” to all who made the effort and joined us for this important meeting. You inspire us!

From left: Alan and Seansay Clayton with Council president Wayne Todd.

From left: Alan and Seansay Clayton with Council president Wayne Todd.

Anne and Joel Tanner (partner at GigaSavvy) joined the center and offered their social media marketing skills.

Anne and Joel Tanner (principal and co-founder of GigaSavvy) joined the evening’s program and offered their social media marketing skills.

Tracy Tanner (left), former Council president and now Board member for the public charity, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, with Lisa Ciminella.

Tracy Tanner (left), former Council president and now Board member for the public charity, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, with Lisa Ciminella.

Artist Doug Lothers (left), who volunteers his time and talents at a co-sponsored event at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, sits with Council member and collector, Richard Alcazar.

Artist Doug Lothers (left), who volunteers his time and talents at a co-sponsored event at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, sits with Council member and collector, Richard Alcazar.

Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, makes a brief introduction to the evening's presentation.

Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones, makes a brief introduction to the evening’s presentation.

Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity presented the vision and mission of the Center to the prospective volunteers.

Craig Kausen, Chuck’s grandson and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity presented the vision and mission of the Center to the prospective volunteers.

Board members Dave Lowenstein (left) and Steve Smith both bring their considerable business experience to the benefit of the Center and its goals.

Board members Dave Lowenstein (left) and Steve Smith both bring their considerable business experience to the benefit of the Center and its goals.

Craig talked about "Yes" sessions and how easily yes can be destroyed by no, even a no delivered by ourselves to one of our own yeses.

Craig talked about “Yes” sessions and how easily yes can be destroyed by no, even a no delivered by ourselves to one of our own yeses.

Linda Krall, left, with Isaiah Alfaro, artist. Linda is the Council's veep (not in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-way) and gave a moving testimony about the power of creativity and the Center helps inspire the innate creative genius in all people, but especially children.

Linda Krall, left, with Isaiah Alfaro, artist. Linda is the Council’s veep (not in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-way) and gave a moving testimony about the power of creativity and how the Center helps inspire the innate creative genius in all people, but especially children.

Susan Clemens, left, prospective volunteer with Debra Franzi, a long-time supporter of the programs of the Center.

Susan Clemens, left, prospective volunteer with Debra Franzi, a long-time supporter of the programs of the Center.

Sean Rohani, prospective volunteer, won one of two raffles this evening,  a wool scarf knitted by Linda Jones Clough!

Sean Rohani, prospective volunteer, won one of two raffles this evening, a wool scarf knitted by Linda Jones Clough!

Darcia Dexter, also a prospective volunteer, won a limited edition hand-painted etching in the final raffle draw of the evening.

Darcia Dexter, also a prospective volunteer, won a limited edition hand-painted etching in the final raffle draw of the evening.

Craig Kausen, left, with Martha Flor, collector and supporter of the Center alongside Robert Patrick, a council volunteer.

Craig Kausen, left, with Martha Flor, collector and supporter of the Center alongside Robert Patrick, a council volunteer.

From left, council members Rina Jacobson, Juls Aspinall, and Pasquale Ferazzoli.

From left, council members Rina Jacobson, Juls Aspinall, and Pasquale Ferazzoli.

All photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

Make a New Year’s Resolution: Give the Gift of Time

“The only thing you can give a child is time.” –Chuck Jones
What if that gift of time Chuck speaks of were something you could give throughout the year? The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is looking for a few, highly motivated people to help make the Center’s vision come true.
“The future belongs to the creators, the empathizers, the pattern recognizers, and meaning makers.” 
–Daniel Pink
The Center’s primary goal is to inspire the creative mind and to provide an opportunity to become more aware of the existence of creativity in an individual’s life and as a whole throughout society.
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“Humanity is going to require a substantially new way of thinking if it is to survive.”
–Sir Ken Robinson 
 
With the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers, the Center funds and supports a variety of programs and events to make creativity a magical part of everyone’s life. With the support of inspired and inspiring volunteers, our plans for the future will take off and become a reality.
Are we what you’re looking for?
If you want to be part of our team and have the talents we are looking for, join us and share in our vision.
  • Social Media Connectors
  • Educators
  • Legal Assistance
  • Non-profit Accounting Support
  • Website Technicians
  • Social Event Coordinators
  • Corporate Outreach Facilitators
  • General assistance volunteers
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We are looking for a few, highly motivated people to give the gift of time.
 
Please join us Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM for the opportunity to learn more about the Center, its goals, and its needs as it moves forward. Refreshments will be served.
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
3321 Hyland Avenue, Suite A
Costa Mesa 92626
(Just west of Hyland on Sunflower)
GetInvolved@ChuckJonesCenter.org
Learn more about the Center at ChuckJonesCenter.org.
“It is not only ‘good’ to move from passive consumption to active innovation, it is vital. It is not too broad to claim that the future of mankind depends on developing our creativity ‘muscle’…like all muscles, if we don’t use it, we lose it, and many of us have not been asked to use it.”
–Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones Council for Creativity News

Last night the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity, the volunteer arm of the Center, held their last meeting of 2012. They gathered 'round a groaning board of potluck (corn pudding! fried chicken! lasagna! homemade cheesecake with pomegranates! salads! breads! rustic tomato soup! apple pie! did I mention homemade cheesecake with pomegranates? OMG everything was so delicious I'm repeating myself!) and stuffed themselves silly.

All that food was followed by a recap of this past season's events, future plans, and setting the date for the 2013 Red Dot Auction — Saturday, May 11 — artists start your engines now! There was also a few minutes of uncontrollable laughter (it's good for digestion.)

The Center has seen tremendous growth this year, not only in programming, but also in exhibitions and special outreach due in no small part to the wonderful work done by our volunteers, the Center's Board of Trustees, and the Center's part-time staff. 

And 2013 is shaping up to be an awesome year as the Center continues its forward march as the place for creativity in southern California and beyond. Two upcoming exhibitions of note: a Chuck Jones Centennial Retrospective will open at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco February 9 and run through May 5; the Toonseum in Pittsburgh will be the host of the art of "The Phantom Tollbooth", Chuck Jones's only feature film, beginning in July of 2013 and running through September. Put them on your calendars!

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Linda Jones Clough, daughter of Chuck Jones and a founding trustee of the Center, shows off the new coloring book available soon on ChuckJonesCenter.org for a nominal donation.

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The Council also surprised Craig Kausen, chairman of the Center, with birthday wishes and a gift, a remote controlled helicopter. Craig's shown here with the Council's president, Tracy Tanner, who's tireless efforts have made many positive things happen for the Center's remarkable growth. 

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Boys and toys, need we say more?

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The Chuck Jones Council for Creativity, from left: Steve Smith, Tracy Tanner, Pam Marsden, Rina Jacobson, Robert Patrick, Linda Jones Clough, Stephen Russo, Craig Kausen, and kneeling, Wayne Todd. Missing were Becky Yasick, Juls Aspinall, and Dave Lowenstein. A special thank you to Stephen Russo for his wonderful photographs last night and throughout the past year.

P.S. Chuck Jones is now on Tumblr: DirectedbyChuckJones.tumblr.com!

Chuck Jones Center For Creativity at Ingram Micro’s Holiday Boutique

Ingram Micro, a Fortune 100 company, hosts each year, through its Philanthropic Committee, a holiday boutique for non-profit organizations to sell goods and products as a fund-raising opportunity.  This year Chuck Jones Center for Creativity participated and during the day at the Santa Ana campus of Ingram Micro, over 1000 people came through the boutique. 

CJCC made lots of new friends, sold many of the specialty items that Linda Jones has been busy making such as card sets, knit hats, and her "Lady Bountiful" hens and chicks plus there was Chuck Jones artwork as well.  To view and select your own special gifts from our extensive catalog, please visit our donation web page by clicking here or on the photo below.

Hats off to Chuck Jones Council for Creativity President, Tracy Tanner, for finding this terrific opportunity and for the extra effort it took to plan and execute it.  And a special thanks to Linda Jones for creating such beautiful gifts!

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The CJCC Holiday Boutique display at Ingram Micro.

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The Ingram Micro Holiday Boutique for non-profits in full swing on Wednesday, November 18th. 

Council for Creativity–Upcoming Event

Last night the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity met and discussed several upcoming projects for the Center. We are pleased to announce that next Wednesday, November 18, the Center's trustees and Council members will be part of a philanthropic holiday gift boutique organized by Ingram Micro for their campus in Orange County.  We're excited about the opportunity to be able to share the goals of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity with Ingram Micro's employees.  To see (and purchase–all funds benefit the programs of CJCC) some of the same items that will be available at the non-profit holiday boutique, click on  "Mouse for Joy". 

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Chuck Jones Council for Creativity Earns Brownie Points!

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Executive Director of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Cheryl Posner (far left) takes a break with (from left) Pam Marsden, Executive Assistant, Tracy Tanner, President of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity and Council member, Vicki Woods.

Volunteer members of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity met today to discuss plans to further the educational goals of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity through programs designed for Orange County (CA) Girl Scout troops.  President of the Council, Tracy Tanner (3rd from left) and Council member, Vicki Woods are spearheading this project.  For more information, please contact the Center at 949-660-7793 or online by clicking here.