On Saturday, August 26, nearly a dozen notable Southern California and international surf artists will exhibit their work at Hurley Headquarters in Costa Mesa with one mission: to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. The event, dubbed Hope at Hurley, takes place from 5-8 p.m., benefits Project Hope Alliance, and features an art show, silent auction, food and clothing drive, food trucks, games, music, and more. Please RSVP and join us for the kids.
We caught up with Jeremy Searcy, one of the featured local artists and the man behind this hope-filled event, to find out what inspired Hope at Hurley and the hopeful impact it will have for the kids and the community.
1) Project Hope Alliance: How did you learn about Project Hope Alliance?
Jeremy Searcy: Project Hope Alliance grabbed my attention when CEO Jennifer Friend stopped me at church one day and said, "Jeremy! I'm dropping my old job to join a nonprofit to end child homelessness!" I always remember that as a moment I saw the Kingdom of Heaven in full force. I was immediately stoked and wanted to contribute somehow.
2) What inspired Hope at Hurley?
My friend Eric Harrington and I were asked to do an art show at the Hobie Surf Shop down in San Clemente. When we made the show about benefiting homeless kids rather than ourselves, it grabbed the attention of the local art and surf communities. The turnout was great and all of the proceeds went to helping Project Hope Alliance. That was the start, but we wanted to do more. Since Project Hope Alliance's headquarters is directly across the street from Hurley Headquarters, I thought, "Let's just ask and see if they would let us use their space." Sure enough, they did, and we're stoked on giving to a local cause. After asking artists and photographers around the world if they would want to be a part of the show, give their talents, and support homeless kids, 100% of them said YES!
3) How long have you been an artist?
I've been drawing since I can remember. Art has always been a huge part of my life. I started designing for surf companies at age 19 and have learned a lot in finding my own original look and style. Now I'm 32 years old and teach third grade at the best school, so when I draw and illustrate, it's purely for enjoyment, which helps me grow as an artist. I'm excited to share new pieces I've worked on for this show to benefit homeless kids through Project Hope Alliance.
4) What impact would you like Hope at Hurley to have?
The impact I'd love to see is not only people buying art because it goes to a good cause, but people being motivated to take their talents and resources and keep the ball moving with their innovative ideas. It would be so rad if this night motivated people, young and old, to step out of their lives and make a change in their community. You don't have to be an artist to be creative. I want this night to spark a charge in people's hearts. I'm so stoked for August 26.