Community Arts
Arts weaves the fabric of a community. Through workshops, education initiatives, and community projects, art creates the connective tissue of a neighborhood. It inspires dialogue and builds bridges of understanding between cultures. Arts education sows the seeds of knowledge in the youth, later gestating into a worldview that leads to an enriched, enlightened lives. Community projects make art of, and for, the people.
reFRAME L.A. County: Stories From Our Communities
reFRAME L.A. County: Stories From Our Communities
"We Are Talking Pyramids", a public art project, gave young artists the opportunity to work with leaders in many contemporary art fields, opening up their worlds to art forms they had never before encountered.
Where to L.A? A Brief Inquiry Into Our Museums' Community
Where to L.A? A Brief Inquiry Into Our Museums' Community
Bill Kelley Jr., the curator in residence at 18th Street Arts Center, discusses the future of art institutions in Los Angeles.
Sounds in Oaxacalifornia: Gala Porras-Kim Investigates Indigenous Tones
Sounds in Oaxacalifornia: Gala Porras-Kim Investigates Indigenous Tones
Gala Porras-Kim's exhibition "Prospecting Notes About Sounds," currently on view at 18th Street Arts Center, researches Zapotec culture, its tonal language, and the variations of dialects contained within Oaxaca.
Sonia Romero: From her Print Studio in North East LA, an Artist Depicts and Adorns her Imagination and the Public Life of a City
Sonia Romero: From her Print Studio in North East LA, an Artist Depicts and Adorns her Imagination and the Public Life of a City
Painter and print-maker Sonia Romero's new project, "Revolving Landscape", depicts characters based on people she's met and photographed.
The Balikbayan Box
The Balikbayan Box
Balikbayan boxes contain items destined for the loved ones that Filipino families in Los Angeles and beyond left behind in their homeland. The image of a balikbayan box appears in the new video installation "Perpetual Peace" by contemporary artist Michelle Dizon at 18th Street Arts Center.
The Many Lives of the Fremont Theater
The Many Lives of the Fremont Theater
The Fremont movie theater in San Luis Obispo is a historic construction. With the decreased appeal for movie houses, owners plan to reinvent the downtown property.
For The Love Of ISM: A Decade In Orange County
For The Love Of ISM: A Decade In Orange County
ISM, a non-profit organization producing exhibits and publications, was established ten years ago to bring the "creatively homeless" to one place to work together.
Making Faces with Oaxacan Mask Crafter Jesus Avila
Making Faces with Oaxacan Mask Crafter Jesus Avila
Pedro Arroyo and curator Catherine Trujillo meet Oaxaca native and Los Osos resident Jesus Avila, who offers a glimpse into his woodworking studio where he carves and designs wooden masks used in traditional Oaxacan dances.
Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion
Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion
Hijabista. The word -- which fuses "hijab" and "fashionista" -- gained traction a few years ago when young Muslim women realized they could follow the Islamic rules for modest dressing without stifling creative expression. Now, in Irvine, Muslim-American women discover new ways to express themselves through fashion.
Santa Barbara's Art From Scrap Incubates Ideas
Santa Barbara's Art From Scrap Incubates Ideas
Started in 1990 as the reaction to cuts in the arts at the city's schools, a group of Santa Barbara parents started Art From Scrap. It functions as a teaching facility, a gallery, a store for reusable and new surplus art materials, and a community center, rolled into one.
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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.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

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.

icon, Music discipline

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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