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the ted m. warshafsky scholarship fund
12-6-1926 to 10-14-2012

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Scholarship Recipients To-date
Jocelyn Ramirez (2013)           Sara Azzabi (2016)
Leo Martinez (2014)                 Silvia Curiel (2016)
Zinnia Moreno (2014)               Chelsea Ramirez (2016)
Ricky Bautista (2015)               Ashley Sanchez (2016)
Jazmin Guitierrez (2015)

In 2012, Venice Arts established the Ted M. Warshafsky Scholarship Fund with a seed grant from the Warshafsky family. It was created to keep alive the legacy and important work of Ted's Anne Frank | Emmet Till Scholarship Fund, which provided scholarships to deserving young people in Milwaukee, Wisconsi n, and honors two innocent young people who, in Ted's words, "were slaughtered in their teens at the altar of bigotry: Anne Frank by the Nazis because she was Jewish; Emmet Till by the KKK because he was African American."

We are so proud to share that, in 2016, the John Baldessari Family Foundation matched the Warshafsky family's gift, which allows us to double the scholarships we provided to deserving low-income young people graduating from our Advanced Studies Program.

Recipients receive a merit scholarship up to $1,000 and, consistent with Ted's approach, scholarships are awarded based merit and financial need, only. Ted believed that all motivated young people should have the opportunity to go to college and knew, from his own life experience growing up in poverty on Chicago’s south side, that attending college has the potential to transform a life.

We invite others committed to a college pathway for low-income youth to contribute to building this Fund. Our goal in 2016-17? To again double our fund so that we may provide support to deserving students for many years to come. We will, of course, acknowledge your gift in a manner commensurate with your contribution, including an opportunity to name a fund. To learn more, contact Lynn Warshafsky, or make a direct donation here.

Fund Donors to-date: Anonymous, John Baldessari Family Foundation, Marsha and Jeff Rothpan, Michael Tarnoff, Pablo Toledo, Billy Warshafsky, Lisa Warshafsky, Warshafsky Law Firm Foundation, Jerry Whitman.

Note to Advanced Studies' students: If you have a unique opportunity for advanced learning outside of, or in addition to, going to college, but do not have the resources to pay for it, you may also request support. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Generally, however, scholarships will be awarded each Spring.

Ted was a passionate man and this extended to every aspect of his life: as a lawyer and advocate for justice; a participant in local and national politics; and as an intrepid fisherman, world traveler, music lover, and avid reader. Ted loved Wisconsin’s natural beauty and spent incalculable hours getting his hands dirty at his beloved Looney Lake in Jefferson County, WI. His appreciation for nature led to his involvement in a suit with Trial Lawyers for Public Justice—an organization he helped found in 1982—against Exxon after the Valdez oil spill (1989). In fact, he considered his work as an attorney a calling to fight for justice through application of the law, resulting in safer childhood vaccines (DTaP) and safer cars through the the now-standard use of limited slip differentials.

In addition to his work in the legal field, Ted was politically involved throughout his life. In the 1940s he was involved in a multi-racial student group at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, that was working to address the impacts of racism and, in 1953, helped found Sociedad Justiciera to fight for justice under the law, the end of housing and work discrimination, and more for Latinos in Milwaukee. He was active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, fighting to desegregate schools and overturn racial covenants in housing that limited the neighborhoods in which Black people could live. He was also active in the peace movement, working to end U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and was the Wisconsin Vice-Chair of Senator Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign. As a delegate to the 1968 Democratic convention, Ted proudly nominated Julian Bond, an African American Congressman from Georgia, for Vice-President. (See the video clip of Bond's nomination, below). Ted remained active throughout his life and, just prior to his death in October 2012, supported the effort to defeat what he considered modern poll taxes—various and sundry attempts to disenfranchise the poor, elderly, and other voters in Wisconsin and across the United States.

[From his website] John Baldessari was born in National City, California in 1931. He attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970 - 1988 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 - 2007. Baldessari's artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards and public works. His awards and honors include the 2014 National Medal of Arts Award, an upcoming award from the International Print Center New York in 2016, memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the BACA International 2008, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia and the City of Goslar Kaiserring in 2012. He has received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State University, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and California College of the Arts. He currently works in Venice, California.

Recent projects include exhibitions at Sprüth Magers Gallery Los Angeles in 2016, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany in 2015, Marian Goodman Gallery London in 2015, an exhibition at the Garage Center of Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia) in 2013 and the 2009-2010 traveling retrospective "John Baldessari: Pure Beauty.” John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné, Volume One: 1956-1974 was published by Yale University Press in 2012, Volume Two: 1975-1986 was released in 2014, and Volume Three: 1987-1993 was released in 2016; A collection of his writings titled, More Than You Wanted to Know About John Baldessari Volume 1 and Volume 2 was published by JRP|Ringier in 2013.

Upcoming projects include exhibitions at Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Mai 36 in Switzerland, New Prints with Gemini G.E.L. and Mixografia in Los Angeles, a design for the BMW Art Car, and a design for the sets and costumes of the Paris Opera.

Ted Warshafsky Nominating Julian Bond

This clip features Wisconsin Attorney, and vice-chair of Eugene McCarthy's Wisconsin campaign, nominating Julian Bond for Vice-presiden ...

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