OWN is taking us inside Tina Knowles Lawson annual Wearable Art Gala.
The network announced Monday the first-ever behind-the-scenes primetime special “OWN: Presents: Inside WACO’s Wearable Art Gala” to premiere exclusively on OWN on Tuesday, June 11 at 9 p.m. central. The star-studded annual event created by WACO (Where Art Can Occur) co-founders Tina Knowles Lawson and husband Richard Lawson is marking its third year by paying tribute to four honorees who have made significant impact on the world through their art, philanthropy, and entrepreneurial spirit, including creator Tyler Perry (“The Haves and the Have Nots”). The special is executive produced by Steve Jones through Brand Maverick entertainment company.
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Few people have accomplished the things that @TylerPerry has accomplished. An actor, producer, director, philanthropist, humanitarian, mentor, a beautiful human being…a TRAILBLAZER indeed. Tyler, we didn’t honor you, YOU honored us with your life’s work and dedication to blazing trails for the next generation and generations to come. Thank you for being you and for being the 2019 #WearableArtGala Trailblazer Award recipient. You are truly a place #WhereArtCanOccur ? #WacoToPridelands ?: @al_bizz
Honorees also include artist Betye Saar, entrepreneur and CEO of Sundial Brands, Richelieu Dennis, and philanthropist and CEO of the Horowitz Family Foundation, Felicia Horowitz.
The theme for the 2019 Gala is A Journey to the Pride Lands, based on the upcoming Walt Disney feature, THE LION KING. Emmy-winning actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish will serve as the Gala’s master of ceremonies. TV personality and best-selling author Star Jones returns as the Gala’s celebrity auctioneer for the third year. Presenters include Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis and author Shaka Senghor, and a performance from singer Maxwell.
Knowles and Richard Lawson founded the event, which is presented by Shea Moisture, to celebrate art and raise funds for the non-profit gallery, mentorship and performance complex WACO Theater Center.