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    Artists Recognize Exceptional Community Leaders

    Abstract Minds will recognize Dr. Al Karnig, president of California State University, San Bernardino because he encourages young people to attend college and because CSUSB supports the organization’s art shows.

    Abstract Minds will recognize Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter for her support and encouragement to members of the organization, many of whom attend Carter High School.

    Abstract Minds is honoring James Ramos, tribal leader for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and board member for San Bernardino Valley College, for encouraging youth and young adults to excel, and for San Manuel’s sponsorship of its art program.

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Abstract Minds and Friends present the 2010 Exceptional Leaders and Awards Reception Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hilton San Bernardino. 285 E. Hospitality Lane.

    A $35 tax-deductible donation is requested. Abstract Minds, which focuses on visual art instruction in a program that also promotes responsibility, community involvement and self-sufficiency, will use the proceeds to continue the art programs it offers its students.

    The reception recognizes Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter, who represents the 62nd Assembly District; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Chair James Ramos, who is also a trustee of the San Bernardino Community College District; and Dr. Albert Karnig, president of California State University, San Bernardino.

    “Abstract Minds works directly with youth to help them succeed in life, so by coming to this reception, you will help ensure the long-term success of San Bernardino County,” said President Shalay Young.
    All three of the honorees have worked directly with the students in Abstract Minds, and motivated them to pursue higher education, according to Young.

    Assembly Member Carter also has helped the students be involved in other art shows. Furthermore, while the program includes students from throughout San Bernardino County, a great many attend Carter High School in Rialto, which was named for Assembly Member Carter.

    Dr. Karnig encourages the students to attend college. Cal State San Bernardino is a sponsor of the organization’s art shows, which are usually held on the campus.

    Tribal Chief Ramos encourages both youth and college students to make choices that will lead to their future success, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has also helped sponsor Abstract Mind’s program.

    Ray “The Weeper” Fuller will give a live jazz performance during the reception. Students in Abstract Minds will have their original artwork on display.

    For more information, call (760) 669-9118 or go to http://abstractminds.org
    Abstract Minds is an organization that uses art to foster the growth and development of economically disadvantaged youth. It also encourages students to pursue higher education and become involved in their communities.



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