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Arts & Culture Collections

Dive deep into Southern California’s creative consciousness. See how diverse ideas and identities meld, mix and recombine, inspiring revolutions beyond art’s borders. Learn more about the triumphs, struggles and interconnected histories that have fueled this region’s aesthetic fires.
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Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, the tradition of annually honoring deceased ancestors and loved ones on November 1 and 2, has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970’s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity. Learn more about the tradition's roots and explore the various ways Día de los Muertos is celebrated across Southern California.
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The Great Wall of Los Angeles

Judy Baca's 2,754-foot long mural along the Tujunga Wash in San Fernando Valley paints a lesser-known history of California from the perspective of the underrepresented. Learn more about the the making of "The History of California" — more popularly known as "The Great Wall of Los Angeles" — and the stories it seeks to tell.
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El Movimiento

In the 1960s, the Chicano Movement, also known as El Movimiento, advocated for Mexican American empowerment across a broad spectrum of issues — from land reclamation and labor rights, to education reform and cultural identity. Learn about the Chicanos who shaped the movement, their acts of resistance and the lasting legacies they leave behind.
A teacher and his class talk about a model they're building inside a creative classroom.
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Arts Education

Arts education can truly be a transformative journey. By growing social-emotional intelligence, inspiring a sense of belonging and developing creative skills, the arts help us make sense of our past, act powerfully in the present and imagine the future. See how it can build the foundation for an inclusive and economically vibrant society.
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The Mojave Project

The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary by Kim Stringfellow exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert.
Eduardo Sarabia's "The Passenger" is a maze made out of Mexican petates and references journeys in the desert, from the exodus to immigrant journeys.
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Art in the Desert

Surreal and often shrouded in a certain mysticism, the desert has long provided artists the space and place to think beyond the confines of mainstream society. Discover how the desert gives shape and form to an artist's creativity.
Heidi Duckler Dance Northwest dancer puts his head back as he dances. | Courtesy Heidi Duckler Dance
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Arts & COVID

Break the barriers of physical distance as the arts re-connects the broken lines between us.
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Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser

Witchcraft... psychoanalysis… fantasy... for generations, visionary young girls have inspired fascination and fear. Enter the world of Vireo, a gifted teenage girl who finds herself slipping through time between centuries past and present.
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Culture Clash's Totally Fake Latino News

From America’s iconic Chicano/LatinX satirical trio! Welcome to the world and minds of Culture Clash’s Totally Fake Latino News! Enjoy the realness amigos! Stay Woke World!
Circa 1970: Photo of Linda Ronstadt behind a mic stand | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
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A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt's music crosses cultures and genres. Hear her music re-interpreted and given new life.
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