Inner-City Arts to Honor Colleen Bell, Soraya Sarah Nazarian and DreamWorks Animation SKG

Eva La Rue to Host; Paul Reiser to Present

Oct 26, 2011, 15:19 ET from Inner-City Arts

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Inner-City Arts, a vibrant arts instruction campus and oasis of learning, achievement and creativity for at-risk children in the heart of Skid Row, hosts its 2011 Imagine Awards Gala, October 27, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Honorees include Colleen Bell, Director of Special Projects at Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc.; artist Soraya Sarah Nazarian; and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA).  

Colleen Bell will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award.  Bell is Director of Special Projects at Bell-Phillip Television Productions Inc. which produces the daytime drama "The Bold and The Beautiful," airing in over 100 countries around the world with 40 million daily viewers.  

Soraya Sarah Nazarian will be awarded the Artistic Excellence Award.  Nazarian is an Iranian-born, Los Angeles-based artist who has become a master in the medium of direct carving in stone.  Her work carries themes of motherhood, family, spirituality and Iranian culture.  

DreamWorks Animation SKG is the recipient of the Children's Advocacy Award.  In 2008, a $500,000 gift from The DreamWorks Animation Charitable Foundation established the DreamWorks Animation Academy at Inner-City Arts.  

Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Los Angeles' Skid Row where professional artists teach students in a real studio environment.  Inner-City Arts has served 150,000 of the city's most at-risk children at no cost to the students. Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts works in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring elementary and middle school students to the campus during the school day for instruction in the visual and performing arts. High school students participate in after-school and Saturday programs.  National, long-term research proves that students who attend Inner-City Arts' classes show dramatic increases in statewide standardized test scores: 25% in math, 17% in reading, 8% in English proficiency. They also learn skills that are highly valued in the 21st century workforce such as collaboration, and creative and conceptual thinking. Most importantly, students who receive education in the arts are able to create a whole new vision of self - a new world of hope that includes accomplishment and belonging.  

Inner-City Arts 2011 Imagine Awards Gala will be produced by Scott Mauro, Executive Producer of Scott Mauro Entertainment.   Tickets are $500.  For information, visit

SOURCE Inner-City Arts