Christa and Matt Schwartz opened their Uptown home for 225 patrons at “Cocktails for KID smART” presented by Regions Bank. In thanks for their support, signed art prints of “Duckweed #4” by featured artist Marjorie Brown Pierson were distributed to Sponsors and Patrons. A native of south Louisiana, Pierson’s visual art explores the relationship between environment and identity.

Martin Wine Cellar provided catering, including a grilling station serving Argentine grilled steak, grilled Atlantic salmon, petite heirloom tomato and goat cheese pie, tuna tartare and crab ravigote melts. David Torkanowsky and Preservation Hall All-Stars provided music.

The auction artwork, presented by auctioneer Ruthie Winston of Winston & Associates LLC, was “Channel Lace” by Marjorie Brown Pierson.

Co-Chairs were Martine Chaisson Linares and Erin Romney-Cazes.

Through full-year artist residencies, more than 3,000 KID smART students grow academically, artistically and emotionally. Whether understanding fractions by mixing paint colors or building skills for collaboration through writing and acting out a historical play, the learning is dynamic, rigorous and designed for all learners to excel. 


Event at a Glance

What: “Cocktails for KID smart,” benefiting KID smART

When: Thursday, October 24

Where: Uptown home of Christa and Matt Schwartz 


Philanthropic Fun: Learning through Art

Co-Chairs Martine Chaisson Linares and Erin Romney-Cazes with Marjorie Brown Pierson and Suzanne Dumez  

Philanthropic Fun: Learning through Art

Paul and Donna Flower 

Philanthropic Fun: Learning through Art

Graham and Adele Ralston

Philanthropic Fun: Learning through Art

Frank Wilder and Troy Scroggins Jr. 

Philanthropic Fun: Learning through Art

Cedric, David and Pam Martin