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Renowned photographer’s work to be auctioned, grammy-winning jazz guitarist to perform at myanmar school fundraiser

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Internationally renowned for her evocative, and colorfully saturated images of indigenous people around the world, photographer Lisa Kristine has donated artwork to be sold Oct. 1 during a silent auction at the Educa- tion Within Arm’s Reach fundraiser in Long Beach.
Titled “Laughing Beneath the Parasols,” Kristine’s fine-art photo- graph was shot in cyclone-ravished Myanmar (Burma), the country for which the fundraisers are hoping to raise $20,000 to rebuild a flood-dam- aged school located in Seik Tara Vil- lage in the northern region of Rakhine State.
The piece reflects Kristine’s 25- year journey across the globe to cap- ture indelible images of often-forgotten people, cultures and places, while “encouraging a dia- logue about the beauty, diversity and hardship of our inter-locking world.” Her work has been auctioned by Christie’s New York for the United Nations with Kofi Annan.
“It is truly exciting and an honor to have an artist as prestigious as Lisa Kristine featured in our silent auc- tion. Her generosity, and the kindness of all those who have donated their personal items, services and prod- ucts, will help provide those strug- gling to rebuild their lives a quality school to send their children to,” said Sundie Zin , co-founder of the non- profit Within Arm’s Reach. “It’s also an incredible treat to have artist the caliber of Dr. Joe Jewell perform. This will be a night to remember.”
Also performing at the fundraiser will be Jazz guitarist Joe Jewell, a Southern California guitarist and educator. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also
played guitar and banjo on the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which won Grammy Awards for best classical recording and best opera recording in 2008. In 2003, Jewell earned his doctorate in jazz guitar performance at the Uni- versity of Southern California.
Since education is a focus of the fundraiser, and a core part of Within Arms Reach’s overall mission, the essential role education plays in the arts will be highlighted at the event. Besides the opportunity to bid on the work of photographers and pieces from other art genres during the silent auction, the fundraiser will include dinner, an eclectic variety of musical acts, raffles and a presentation that will provide background regarding the evolution of Within Arms Reach and the work it does to carry out its mission.
Last year, a storm inundated much of Rakhine State in Myanmar, and Seik Tara Village, a small farm- ing and labor community. The conse- quential flooding caused extensive damage to the village’s school.
Due to the flooding, the school’s seventh- and eighth-graders do not have classrooms for the upcoming school year. Currently, several grades must share the same space, which is distracting and uncomfortable as the students struggle to study different subjects at various education levels. In fact, the existing building is dete- riorating rapidly.
In addition to raising funds, Within Arm’s Reach will help design the school and its grounds. Los Ange- les-based Ottolia and Barnes Archi- tectures, which sits on the nonprofit’s board of advisers, will donate the project’s design, while Zin oversees the work of the builders, contractors
Courtesy Within Arm’s Reach
Sundie Zin (right), pictured with schoolchildren in cyclone-ravished Myanmar, was Cal State Long Beach’s 2009 Outstanding Graduate in the School of the Arts. She has since created the nonprofit Education Within Arm’s Reach to help the people living in Myanmar.
and architects in Myanmar. Within Arms Reach’s partner organization, the nonprofit Myanmar Charity Group, will also donate funds to the project.
Within Arms Reach is a faith- based organization that consists of co-founder Roger Sy, a board of directors, and a team of designers, contractors, business professionals, and others who want to help the non- profit in its mission by volunteering their services.
The organization was conceived by Zin while she was still an interior design student at Cal State Long Beach. She sought to help those in need in the closed-off country of Myanmar after it was devastated by
Cyclone Nargis in 2008. The storm killed approximately 138,000 people and left more than one million home- less.
Zin successfully raised the funds to build six homes for families who had lost everything, dig three water wells, and build a medical clinic. She also donated funds to a temple orphanage, passed out school sup- plies and clothing, distributing med- icine provided by Giving Children Hope, and fed children.
“Those trips to Myanmar were a success due to all the prayers and generous support that was received by our families, friends, and churches as well as the entertain- ment, local Burmese, and design
communities,” Zin said. “As our organization grows, we will expand our reach to other countries and peo- ple who are struggling to rebuild after catastrophic disasters. We will work diligently to ensure our design services are ‘within arm’s reach’ of those who need them.”
The fundraiser will take place at the Holiday Inn, 2640 Lakewood Blvd. on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm. Ticket prices are $30 online and $40 at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit withinarmsreach.org. To offer sup- port or receive more information about the fundraiser, call (714) 886- 9345, or email [email protected] sreach.org.

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Renowned photographer’s work to be auctioned, grammy-winning jazz guitarist to perform at myanmar school fundraiser