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.
La Tierra de la Culebra Park: Can Artists Heal Nature?
La Tierra de la Culebra Park: Can Artists Heal Nature?
In this SOCiAL: Art + People installment, Sue Bell Yank shares the dialogue created between 10 individuals deeply engaged in the relationship of art, nature and social justice.
Otis Public Practice at 18th Street: What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
Otis Public Practice at 18th Street: What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
The Otis Public Practice program holds a discussion on the ground-breaking exhibition dOCUMENTA(13), the 100 day large-scale exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel, Germany that takes place every 5 years.
Public Matters: Market Makeover SMACKDOWN!
Public Matters: Market Makeover SMACKDOWN!
SOCiAL: Art + People talks with artists Mike Blockstein and Reanne Estrada about their partnerships, their teenaged collaborators, and the role of arts in social justice.
Occidental College SOCiAL Symposium: Can the Sidewalk Be a Stage?
Occidental College SOCiAL Symposium: Can the Sidewalk Be a Stage?
SOCiAL: Art + People speaks with artists and organizers whose practices are linked by their critical and performative interventions into the public sphere.
Artists + Institutions: Can We Find Common Ground?
Artists + Institutions: Can We Find Common Ground?
Artists David Burns, Sara Daleiden, and Mak Center director Kimberli Meyer speak about the upcoming free public salon, Artists+Institutions: Common Ground, and what drove them to produce such an ambitious dialogical project.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

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.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

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

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