2017 Wearable Art Gala

2017 Wearable Art Gala 2017-04-22T15:06:17+00:00

Here you will find all of the necessary information needed for your 2017 Wearable Art Gala Experience!


Richard Lawson, President

Richard has had a long and distinguished career as an actor and master teacher that spans almost 5 decades. Read More …

Tina Knowles Lawson, Vice-President

Tina is a Fashion Designer who has been featured in a slew of publications including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, L’official, InSyle, and Sports Illustrated Read More …

Babe Evans, Gala Committee

Babe Evans career in theatre spans 40 years and includes acting, producing and children’s theatre. She served as the president of the Burbage Theatre Company . Read More…

Holly Robinson Pete, Gala Committee

Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete’s career as an actress dates back more than 3 decades and Read More …

Jo-An Turman, Gala Committee

Jo-An Turman is the Vice President of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and Real Estate Broker for Habitat for Humanity of  Read More…

Melba Farquhar, Gala Committee

Giving back has always played an important role in Melba’s life over the past 30 years.  She was a board member of Friendly House Read More…

Mai Lassiter, Gala Committee

Mai Lassiter has actively supported a variety of charitable organizations as a board member, volunteer and fundraiser. Read More…

Steve Jones, Gala Committee

Steve Jones is the president of marketing firm Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME), who specializes in Television and film marketing Read More…

Kawanna Brown, Gala Committee

Kawanna Brown is Chief Operating Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, the hub of all Magic Johnson businesses. Read More …

Eula Smith, Gala Committee

Eula Smith, creator and owner of EMS Consulting, started her fashion career at the world-renowned retail giant Nordstrom. Read More …

Robi Reed, Gala Committee

Robi Reed is an Emmy Award Winning casting director and producer with 30 plus years of experience in the entertainment industry. Read More …



For out of town guests traveling to Los Angeles for the Wearable Art Gala, WACO Theater Center recommends the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott hotels, located 3 miles from the Gala venue.

Both hotels are in the same highrise in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE with the Ritz occupying the higher floors of the building.

The Ritz-Carlton
Located 2.3 miles from CAAM at L.A. Live.
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90015

JW Marriott
Located 2.3 miles from CAAM at L.A. Live.
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90015

A third option closer to the Gala venue
Radisson at USC, Los Angeles (.2 miles from CAAM)
3540 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90007 | 866-573-4235




Reservations by Phone: +1-310-782-6600

Reservations Online: http://www.supershuttle.com

Approximately $18 USD per person, each way to/from LAX airport

*Discount if booked online.


If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel, simply exit the airport and ask to be directed to the nearest taxi stand.

The fare will vary (depending on traffic situations), but should cost approximately $25-50 USD each way.



WACO is partnering with Lyft to get you to and from the Gala! Just download the Lyft app on your phone. Enter the code WACO in the promo section of the app for $20 off your rides to and from the California African American Museum!

Depending on the location of your hotel, or if you are planning other activities outside of the local area during your stay, you may wish to consider renting a car as public transportation in Los Angeles is not always convenient and/or available to all destinations.

If you intend to rent a car, please visit www.onetravel.com for a list of agencies providing vehicles for convenient pick-up at Los Angeles International Airport.

Airport Code: LAX

Many agencies offer optional GPS system rental which we highly suggest you consider as it will greatly help you navigate your way during your stay!

TAXI, BUS, METRO – Conveniently available

While in town, we encourage you to refer to the hospitality page on the WACO website: www.wacotheatercenter.com for venue maps, road closures, and other event details that will help you navigate the area surrounding the CAAM with as little frustration as possible and enjoy the Wearable Art Gala!

Thank you and safe travels!


By using the WACO Theater Center website to secure a product or service from a designer/stylist, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the “Terms of Use” below, as well as the specific terms pertaining to the deal that you secure with a designer/stylist.  See “Terms of Use”, below.

John Allen


Tiara Slater

Octavius Terry-Sims

With two fashion design degrees from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Octavius Terry-Sims is the CEO of his own label for which he has produced designs for Queen Latifah, Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Nick Cannon, Tamar Braxton, Ariana Grande, Matt Barnes, and Gloria Barnes just to name a few.

GROOM by Octavius Terry-Sims
Contact: Octavius@GROOMofficial.com

Tashiba Jones-Wilson

Tashiba has been the Key costumer on ABC’s hit TV Show” Black-ish” since its conception. For men and women, and from movies, commercials, theater, music videos, wearable art and award shows to styling icons such as Chaka Khan, she’s done it all. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandise, Tashiba also designs the denim line she co-founded, ZMJ Denim. If you are still searching for the right design idea to wear to the Gala, Tashiba can pull pieces from design houses, showrooms and from her own design resources to style you for the Gala.


Terms of Use
1. By securing services from the above designers and stylists, you acknowledge that you have read the “Terms of Use” outlined here and understand that neither WACO Theater Center nor any of its affiliates (Founders, Board, staff) operate or control the products or services offered by the stylists and designers.
2. You agree that use of this website to purchase items or service is at your sole risk and is without warranties of any kind by WACO Theater Center or its affiliates, expressed, implied or otherwise including warranties of title, fitness for purpose, merchantability or non-infringement.
3. Under no circumstances is WACO Theater Center nor any of its affiliates liable for any damages arising from the transactions between you and designers/stylists.
4. You represent and warrant that if you are purchasing items or service from the designers and stylists that (i) payment and/or information you supply is true and complete, (ii) charges incurred by you will be honored by you and/or your credit card company, and (iii) you will pay the charges incurred by you, including any applicable taxes.
5. Neither WACO Theater Center nor any of its affiliates take any responsibility nor are liable for any damage caused through use of products or services purchased through this website, be it indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages (including but not limited to damages for loss of business, loss of profits, interruption or the like).


Wearable Art Gala Silent and Live Auction! April 29, 2017 6:00 PM PDT