Episode 46: WRDSMTH, Skid Robot

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Street art’s ubiquitous influence on the texture of neighborhoods in Los Angeles is built on a long local history. This week explore the worlds of two Los Angeles artists whose expressive art has garnered incredible attention.

See their instagrams below:

WRDSMTH

 

 

SKID ROBOT

 

Episode 40: Carmen Zella Do Art Foundation, Jill Stewart Neighborhood Integrity Initiative

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The Do Art Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on the creation, commissioning, and curating of artistic pieces and productions in the public realm. Their belief that access to art is not an exclusive privilege drives the effort to create cultural collaboration between communities. Carmen Zella the founder and executive director is a interdisciplinary artist in her own right, having shown work throughout North America and Mexico. In only four years under her direction, the Do Art Foundation has grown to be on of the most active public art organizations in Los Angeles. Their work can be seen throughout Los Angeles, but its particularly present in the murals around Downtown LA.

 

The Neighborhood integrity initiative is a controversial ballot measure proposed for the March 2017 Ballot in the city of Los Angeles. The campaign’s director, Jill Stewart, left her post as Managing Editor at LA weekly to lead the effort to end what they call corruption at city hall, especially in their relationships with developers seeking to change the face of neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  Originally the measure was aimed at the November 2016 election but organizers of the initiative opted to move to March feeling that the presidential campaign would overshadow the conversation. They hope to turn the March election into a referendum on development as eight council seats, and the mayor will be seeking to win voters favor. You can find out more on their website http://2preservela.org/

Episode 39: Artist Annika Connor, Luke Klipp of Greater LA

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Annika Connor is a Brooklyn based artist, publisher and advocate for the art community. Her recent work Point Suite, a curated collection of contemporary art in that classic coffee table format. Annika will be holding a free creative talk at General Assembly in Downtown LA.

 

You can register for the FREE talk here or if you can’t attend you can get your copy of Point Suite online

 

Luke Klipp is the founder of Greater LA a organizing arm opposed to the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative  put forth by the Coalition to Preserve LA.

Episode 37: 826LA, break bread with Think Tank Gallery

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826LA is the non-profit writing and tutoring program nestled among many storefronts on Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park. While the unassuming front known as “The Time Travel Mart” is full of fun and silly gifts, some even made by the students, the brains of the operation definitely are grinding away in the back. In the case of 826LA, thousands of children from ages 6-18 visit each year in after-school tutoring, workshops, and field trips. The volunteer driven program makes an undeniable difference in children’s lives.

 

826LA in Echo Park(map)
and the Time Travel Mart
1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-3388

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Think Tank Gallery is not pure event space, or pure art gallery. It is an immersive experience that gives you a bit of both worlds. Their current show BreakBread from artists Scott Hove and Baker’s Son is slated for 30 different events during the days of its run. Including a special performance from Cirque Du Soleil coming soon.

 

Episode 34 – Night on Broadway

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — With an impressive crowd of over 65,000 Downtown LA celebrated a little bit of its past and future during “Night on Broadway” on Saturday night. The event was orchestrated by Councilman Jose Huizar’s office as a way of celebrating the Councilman’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative, a 10-year plan for revitalizing the historic Broadway in Downtown.  

 

With music, dancing, art, and featuring the historic theaters that line Broadway, the celebration lasted well into the night.

 

One of the main events of the night featured a new sport called chess boxing put on for charity. According to fighter Toby TigerHeart, “This is a round of chess in the ring, and then a round of boxing in the ring, a round of chess in the ring. The idea behind this sport is that you have to be smart and tough.” TigerHeart represented Fortune Gym in the ring on Saturday night against teammate Vito. TigerHeart relished the opportunity to fight in front of the Broadway crowd saying, “The cool thing about an event like this going on for so many years is that you’ve got thousands of people. They can stop and see something that they would never ever see.” The exhibition was curated by the LA chessboxing club.

Also participating that night was Two Bit Circus. According to Nicky Besuden, “Pretty much what we do is bring a bunch of our games out for adults and kids to play. It’s super important for adults to continue playing.” Besuden said there was an amazing response with over 100 people walking by and asking to jump on the horses or participate in some of the more unique games offered by Two Bit Circus.  The Lincoln Heights-based company was happy to join the celebration in celebrating their downtown neighbors and the revitalization of Broadway.

 

One of the artists featured that night was Los Angeles-based Morley. The street artist  specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape.

Morley said of the night, “It’s really cool to activate the community and give them a reason to come out. Something to see. Something to get invigorated by.  This city is a wonderful place. I think downtown specifically has so much energy and so much culture and so much to appreciate.”

 

As a testament to the energy of the night, LAPD Captain Oreb said, “We did really well tonight. I look at the difference between this year and last year — we have more events more people, more food. Everybody’s having a great time. It’s a very peaceful event. I love seeing all the families downtown.”

 

Councilman Jose Huizar celebrated the success of his district’s night. He said, “It shows that there’s a thirst for people to re-explore downtown LA. People want the history. They want the culture. They want to come together as a city. This is what it’s about. It’s about everyone coming together as a city — enjoying the arts, enjoying the multiculturalism. And we have to do more of this.”