Miami Heat forward Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a new project, “In the Paint,” where he introduces and educates younger generations about the arts, and encourages them to become more involved within that community. This new venture coincides with The Melech Collection, another work of Stoudemire, which works to expose up-and-coming artists into the mainstream.
The six-time NBA All-Star was featured on The Late Show with James Corden, where Stoudemire described the details and mission of the event’s first big gig. In the Paint, which Amar’e says is “a play on basketball terminology…and also art, which consists of paint as well,” held its first event on January 12th, where Amar’e was joined by established artist RETNA at Pan Pacific Park, to paint (and occasionally shoot hoops) with the children who attended.
RETNA, a well-known, graffiti-artist-turned-legit, is not the only one talented with a paintbrush to participate in Stoudemire’s cause. The Melech Collection, which translates to “King” in Hebrew, will serve as a catalyst for the In the Paint series, providing the artists who will teach and inspire the youth. This is not Amar’e’s first rodeo, either. The Miami Heat Center has become a fresh, recognizable face in philanthropy; with Each One, Teach One, an effort to provide safe drinking water to Sierra Leone, Team STAT, and animal rights with PETA. And to sweeten, he concluded the In the Paint event with a check for $20,000.