We had the good fortune of connecting with Berry Stein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Berry, how does your business help the community?
I started Art Life Practice because I believe wholeheartedly that the practice of creative expression is vital to nurturing what excites and inspires you to live a meaningful life.
The words – Art – Life – Practice – can be thought of as a singular philosophy: creative expression is an essential part of wellbeing, and as life experiences inform your creative practice, the practice informs your life experiences.
The mission of Art Life Practice is to offer people a creative outlet with no judgements or expectations. We emphasize process over product, encouraging participants to take pleasure in the creative process and reap the scientifically proven mental and physical health benefits that come with art making.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Art Life Practice presents art making as a universally essential part of well being. We are a creative platform for people to engage in art making in a way that is accessible, non-judgmental and most importantly, fun!
A-L-P started in 2019 as a workshop experience that combined art history and art making in sites throughout LA – including the Hammer Museum and ICA LA. In early 2020, we launched the kits, which I describe as Blue Apron but for art projects. Each A-L-P kit comes with exactly the right portion of art materials and supplies to create a few works of art, in addition to a helpful how-to to get you started on your creative journey.
My background is in museum education, so an added bonus to the kits is that the art making is always grounded in art history. I love sharing with people the artists that have inspired my creative practice, in hopes that they are equally inspired as they begin working with the kits.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What a fun prompt! The weekend would definitely include…
– Hikes in Griffith Park and the Los Liones Trail in the Pacific Palisades
– A stroll around Atwater Village to a few fun neighborhood spots including Dune, Proof Bakery, Individual Medley, Wine and Eggs, Dekor and more
– A bike ride in South Pasadena followed by a visit to the beautiful Huntington Gardens
– Dinner at my favorite local spot All Time
– A trip to the fun shops in Little Tokyo Village downtown – lunch at Hama Sushi – the best!
– Lots of museum visits to make up lost time – my favorites are the ICA-LA downtown and the Hammer in Westwood
– A trip to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would dedicate my Shoutout to the many artists and educators who have inspired the creation of Art Life Practice, including Josef and Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Sam Gilliam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Helen Frankenthaler, among others. Some of these artists were also committed educators who valued experimentation and creative play. All of them possessed a uniquely intrepid spirit and forged new paths for artists that followed in their footsteps.