Carren Jao
Carren Jao

Carren is an art, architecture and design writer and an avid explorer of Los Angeles. Her work has been spotted on Core77, Dwell, Surface Asia, and Fast Co.Design. You can find her online and on Twitter

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Experimental Dance by the Los Angeles River
Experimental Dance by the Los Angeles River
Every corner of the Ed Reyes Greenway along the Los Angeles River will come alive with movement from experimental dance Sunday, October 26.
Play the LA River: Using Games to Engage Open Spaces
Play the LA River: Using Games to Engage Open Spaces
Play the LA River features 51 weeks of play along Los Angeles' 51-mile long river, offering a diverse range of public programs for over a year.
Meaningful Connection: Education Equity and Arts in L.A.
Meaningful Connection: Education Equity and Arts in L.A.
Speakers working in education shed light on the complex case of providing every child equal access to quality education for a session at MOCA hosted by Arts for LA.
No Further West: The Design of Los Angeles Union Station
No Further West: The Design of Los Angeles Union Station
A new exhibition at L.A.'s Central Library features the architectural drawings, sketches and blueprints that expressed the calculated vision of Union Station.
Hot Stuff: L.A.'s Cross-Cultural Condiments
Hot Stuff: L.A.'s Cross-Cultural Condiments
"L.A. Heat" brings together 30 L.A.-based artists to explore the city's culinary and artsitic innovation with artworks inspired by red hot condiments.
Making L.A.: Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles
Making L.A.: Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles
How Deborah Sussman's colorful graphics transformed Los Angeles and paved a path for women designers.
Susan Silton and the Collective Act of Retyping Steinbeck
Susan Silton and the Collective Act of Retyping Steinbeck
Susan Silton's latest project, "In everything there is the trace," examines community, language, and labor through group typing sessions.
A New Generation of San Fernando Valley Muralists Colors the City
A New Generation of San Fernando Valley Muralists Colors the City
Van Nuys Boulevard's Mural Mile is a growing collection of drive-by artwork that add color and life to the neighborhood, created by an informal crew of artists under 30 years-old.
Beautifying Data with SoCal Art Schools and the Jet Propulsion Labs
Beautifying Data with SoCal Art Schools and the Jet Propulsion Labs
Dan Goods' inventive projects are at the nexus of art and science, sparking the public's wonder about the depths of the universe.
Counter Cliché: The Asian and Latino Bi-Cultural Experience
Counter Cliché: The Asian and Latino Bi-Cultural Experience
Shizu Saldamando's portraits are heavily influenced by Chicano art sensibilities and her Japanese heritage. Her subjects aren't the cookie-cutter characters we see in popular culture, but real, breathing beings actively building their identity.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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