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.
What Will the Women's Center For Creative Work Be?
What Will the Women's Center For Creative Work Be?
Previously an office for a window factory, 2425 Glover Place is now home to the Women's Center For Creative Work. The transformative space will serve as a vessel whose meaning is filled by its participants.
Producer Walter Mirisch on His Expansive Career in Hollywood
Producer Walter Mirisch on His Expansive Career in Hollywood
The KCET Cinema Series presented actor and filmmaker Walter Mirisch with the Lumière Award at a special screening of the classic 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven." After the screening host Pete Hammond spoke with Mirisch.
Soldadera: The Armored Rebozo
Soldadera: The Armored Rebozo
A bulletproof rebozo hangs on a wall in Nao Bustamante's exhibition "Soldadera." The yellow shawl carries the stories of women who were a part of the Mexican Revolution's violent history but that are often unrecognized.
How Social Media Inspired New Corridos About El Chapo's Escape
How Social Media Inspired New Corridos About El Chapo's Escape
Memes, songs and videos, made by everyday people, have become a kind of digital folk art that satirize the absurdity of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's second escape. The details of his prison break and the political context shaped by social media posts provide a critical perspective on the "War on Drugs" that is distant from political rhetoric.
'No Mas Bebés' Casts Light on Medical Sterilizations
'No Mas Bebés' Casts Light on Medical Sterilizations
A documentary film about reproductive justice, "No Mas Bebés" revisits the story of momentous lawsuit Madrigal vs. Quilligan, a case that involved the sterilization of Mexican immigrant women in the 1970s.
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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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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