Artbound explores the cultural ecology of eleven Southern and Central California counties; utilizes a broad-based, participatory methodology to identify and uncover artists, arts groups and communities engaged in creative practices informed by geography, history and place. From Imperial, to Los Angeles, to Kern and beyond, Artbound is Southern California's Cultural Journalism.
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Although agribusiness, migration and labor are the main staples of Imperial County, the Salton Sea, an area of deep environmental decay, continues to inspire artists and writers today.
At the turn of the 20th Century, Inyo County was the subject of inquiry for many visual artists and photographers seeking to define the West.
A rugged sense of independence created what is now known as the Bakersfield Sound and influenced a new generation of California singers and songwriters.
The constant flux, push and pull of cultural binaries and identities, has given Los Angeles is current status as the preeminent cultural and artistic capital of the world.
Who is to question the cultural importance of Mickey Mouse? Last time we checked, hundreds of O.C teens flocked into the park with a critical understanding about theme park design and a dash of punk rock rebellion.
The cultural ecology of Riverside County is as diverse as its geography.
Like an early piece of land-art, San Bernardino County boasts two breathtaking artificial reservoirs that accentuate the contradictions between the natural and the built environment with the cultural history of the area.
The county's physical and imaginary line has become a laboratory for experimentation as artists explore the militarized territory of the border.
The distance from the main urban hubs has afforded SLO the capacity to retain, preserve and celebrate its agrarian Mexican and Spanish past and allowed its cities and towns to grow at a sustainable rate.
Artists and writers in Santa Barbara acknowledge a shared common cultural history of a not-so-distant past where California and the West were ruled by others.
In Ventura, Ojai’s experimental music and poetry scene, coexists with suburban hardcore punk and manicured lawns.
The Broad Museum's Place on Grand Avenue
The Broad Museum's Place on Grand Avenue
A look at The Broad museum's architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the building's relationship to the other cultural institutions on Grand Avenue.
The Broad: A First Look at L.A.'s Newest Art Museum
The Broad: A First Look at L.A.'s Newest Art Museum
Before The Broad Museum opens its doors on September 20, Artbound takes an exclusive look at downtown L.A.'s newest cultural institution, featuring insights by philanthropist Eli Broad, Mayor Eric Garcetti and director/chief curator Joanne Heyler.
Dancing Over 50: Documenting Aging Performers
Dancing Over 50: Documenting Aging Performers
Project "Dancing Over 50" rejects the notion that dancers have an expiration date and that the acme of their careers only occurs when their technique is at its finest. The initiative captures the voices of 50 professional dancers ages 50 to 95.
Scents Memory: Brian Goeltzenleuchter's Multifaceted Practice
Scents Memory: Brian Goeltzenleuchter's Multifaceted Practice
Multidisciplinary artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter's work with scent reaches back to 1998. His current collaborative project "Olfactory Memoirs" has him conducting workshops which delve with childhood memories associated with smells.
Gopherus Agassizii: A Cultural History of Tortoises
Gopherus Agassizii: A Cultural History of Tortoises
The desert tortoise, the state reptile for both Nevada and California, truly embodies the physicality and timelessness of the Mojave Desert but is also most negatively affected by our own human presence herein.
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Poetry, Progress and his California Roots
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Poetry, Progress and his California Roots
Juan Felipe Herrera officially takes over his duties as the nation's first Mexican-American poet laureate this month. He recently shared his thoughts with Artbound about his upbringing, his creative process and his new position as U.S. poet laureate.
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Architecture/ Design

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

icon, Community Arts discipline

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


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

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


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

icon, Music discipline


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

icon, Performance discipline


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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