A series of discussions around LA about Socially Engaged Art, September to November 2012. Instigated by Anne Bray of Freewaves.org. Say passé to the sculpture in the square; the leading edge of public art is changing. Art is passing from isolation, to intervention, to participation, to engagement, to integration. SOCAL SOCIAL: Art + People is a free, public series of roundtable discussions and weekend events that explores socially engaged art in Southern California from East to West. Join the dialogue with SoCal artists, scholars, activists, and administrators as we think about socially engaged art in relation to zoning, technology, ethics, food, ritual, performance, gentrification, museums, democracy, nature and art support structures in the here-and-now. Where is our collective dialogic imagination now? The series of individually produced events takes place at venues across L.A., instigated by Anne Bray as part of Freewaves.org, promoted by media partner ForYourArt, interviewed by Sue Bell Yank at Artbound in advance of each event and summarized there by a different person after each event. As many of the talks as permissible will be audio recorded and posted on Artbound.
Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, 'Capitalocentrism' and the Arts Fantasy
Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, 'Capitalocentrism' and the Arts Fantasy
SOC(i)AL: Art + People investigates the precarity of workers in our current economy, the relationship of the university to activism, manifestations of art in politics, and the future of Occupy.
How Can Artists and the Eastside Generate Change Together?
How Can Artists and the Eastside Generate Change Together?
Elizabeth Blaney and Dont Rhine of the collective Ultra-red engage with activist organizations in L.A. to see how artists can work with communities to create change.
Do We Need Artists in Art Museums?
Do We Need Artists in Art Museums?
Asuka Hisa and Olga Koumoundouras discuss their collaboration on the Wall Works project entitled CART -- What Do We Need to Get By and How Do We Get There.
The Case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza
The Case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza
Sue Bell Yank sits down with Bill Kelley, Jr. and Prerana Reddy to speak about Queens as a vanguard for integrating socially-engaged art into a museum context, and as a case study for the changing role of the museum in civic life.
Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities?
Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities?
SOCiAL: Art + People speaks with Anne Bray, founder of LA Freewaves, and Fabian Wagmistert about how they create generative, civically-engaged networks in Los Angeles.
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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.

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


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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