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Juan Devis
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Juan Devis is a Public Media artist and producer, whose work crosses across platforms – video, film, interactive media and gaming. His work, regardless of the medium is often produced collaboratively allowing for a greater exchange of ideas in the production of media and art. Devis is currently Sr. Vice President of Content Development and Production for KCETLink. In this capacity, Devis has had to develop strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses to ensure a new slate of content for two stations - KCET + LINK TV - securing funds and maintaining an editorial vision and cohesiveness for the company's new mission. Devis has charted the stations new Arts and Culture initiative and is Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated "Artbound" consisting of a television series, an online networked cultural hub and the creation programmatic partnerships with cultural institutions. In addition, Devis has developed and is the Executive Producer of a slate of new productions series that are either in development, production and pre-production. Some of these include, the Emmy-nominated "Live @ the Ford," "Departures," "City Walk," "Artbound Presents: Studio A" and others. For over a decade, Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member. Devis was the founding member and is currently a board member of the LF Charter School for the Arts, an innovative arts-integrated charter public school serving the population of North East Los Angeles. Devis’ film, television, and interactive work has been screened and exhibited across the world. In the press, Juan Devis was presented as a major “influencer” in Los Angeles by the LA Weekly news publication, and his transmedia series Departures was celebrated by the New York Times as a new twist on public media; has won the Japan Prize, the National Arts Journalism award, the Webby awards, and many others. Devis has received numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Macarthur Foundation, Boeing, DCA, County Arts Commission, Adobe, the Ford Foundation, NHK, the United Nations, among others and was the recipient of the Arnon Milchan Award for his film The Petty Curse of Having this Body.
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    Artist Cristian "Smear" Gheorghiu shares several moments in the history of Southern California that have shaped his development as an artist.
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    Artist Carolyn Castaño shares several moments in the history of Southern California that have shaped her development as an artist.
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    L.A. artist Sandow Birk shares several moments in the history of Southern California that have shaped his development as an artist.
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    Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs speaks to Artbound about her inspirations, influences in her music, and performs "Fallaste Corazón" from her new album, "Pecados y Milagros".
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    Artbound has been named Best Arts & Culture Site in L.A. by the L.A. Weekly 2012 Web Awards.
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    Architect Linda Taalman shares several moments in the history of Southern California that have shaped her development as an artist.
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    Filmmaker Ben Caldwell shares several moments in the history of Southern California that have shaped his development as an artist.
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    Architect Barbara Bestor shares several moments in the history of Southern California that have shaped her development as an artist.
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    For Artbound's new "Where I'm From" series, we talk with Los Angeles musician Serj Tankian.
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    Alexandra Grant shares several moments in the history of Southern California that have shaped her development as an artist.
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    KCET Public Media is proud to announce the launch of Artbound, a transmedia series that creates new ways to explore and engage with the arts and culture of Southern California.
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    Discriminatory property rights laws made it impossible for Chinese-Americans to own a home - a struggle that continued well into the mid-century.
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    Departures producer Juan Devis weighs in on the potential sale of Taylor Yards to a Texas industrial developer and the severe impact it may have towards L.A. River's revitalization plans.
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    As Departures wraps up the end of the year, we reflect and challenge the notions, ideas, and convictions we confronted through this year's projects, and look forward to what next year will bring.
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    Recent wave of Chinese immigrants have dramatically changed the role of Chinatown as a neighborhood and a cultural center.
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    New Chinatown was a fresh start for the Chinese, but it was like much like the rest of Los Angeles: a smart business proposition and a media campaign, albeit one designed, controlled and envision by Chinese Americans.
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    The first chapter in the history of L.A.'s Chinatown - and the first chapter of our new installment of Departures - takes us back to the first wave of immigration from China to the Pacific coast of the United States.
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    Juan submitted his personal map for the "Map Your L.A." contest.
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    As Departures visits places rich with myths and forgotten histories we encounter issues that highlight ongoing - sometimes fraught - efforts to tell the story of race in Los Angeles.
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    I did not grow up in Los Angeles, but I did get the New Wave bug when Soda Stereo came into the scene.
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    In many ways, Venice Beach is this neighborhood's raison d'être. This week Departures takes a look at the state of Venice sunshine.
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    In no other Los Angeles neighborhood will you find the rich array of not-for-profit organizations that Venice houses in just a few square miles.
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    Sharon Jacobucci shared which celebrities she has met during her twenty year tenure as a parking enforcement officer in Venice Beach California
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    Like so many places in LA - these photographs seem to be taken somewhere else....
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    The 4th wave of migrants in the 70's and early 80's saw a complete transformation of L.A.'s Chinatown.
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    For those of us who love L.A., the Departures team has ventured into the city to record its deep social and cultural history. We've spoken with hundreds of people (residents, historians, migrants, to name just a few) and created multi-layered portraits of the neighborhoods and people that make up our city.
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    Did you know that waves of migration to Chinatown rarely followed a direct path? It's true. For many Chinese, the first stop on their journey was not America at all, but Vietnam.
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    When a group of migrant farmers created a community garden out of an empty lot in South Central, they had no idea they were launching a movement.
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    The first wave of migration from China stretches from the age of the Californios to the creation of a new Los Angeles Chinatown in the 1930's.
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    The first wave of migration from China stretches from the age of the Californios to the creation of a new Los Angeles Chinatown in the 1930's.
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