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Cultural Politics

The arts have always been used to tackle difficult issues on a wide scale. From poetry that ignites millions to photography that captures injustices, artists are using their creativity to make space for the marginalized and give light to untold stories.
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Mustache Mondays
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53:45
Artbound

Mustache Mondays: The Power of an LGBTQ Party

An LGBTQ nightclub event in L.A. called “Mustache Mondays” was an incubator for today’s exciting artists.
Season 12 Episode 6
A mural painting depicts a collage of American West imagery, from cowboys and Native Americans to men on horseback and nods to Western films.
Episode
56:55
Artbound

Imagined Wests: Painting a Multilayered Picture of the West

The Autry Museum is working to recontextualize a large mural, dating from the 1980s.
Season 12 Episode 5
Sweet Land: The Making of a Myth
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56:39
Artbound

Sweet Land: The Making of a Myth

“Sweet Land” recasts this nation's story through the eyes of immigrants and the Indigenous
Season 12 Episode 3
Life Centered: The Helen Jean Taylor Story
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55:39
Artbound

Life Centered: The Helen Jean Taylor Story

Ceramist Helen Jean Taylor crafted timeless works and helped others find peace in clay.
Season 12 Episode 2
Con Safos
Episode
54:35
Artbound

Con Safos: The Story of Chicano Music Pioneer Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara

A tribute to Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, a Chicano music pioneer.
Season 12 Episode 1
A mural showing Frederick Douglass in the middle, flanked by an African American man holding an African American child on one side and a Black soldiers and slaves on the other side.
Article
Artbound

12 SoCal Public Art Projects That Explore Race and Marginalized Histories

In an era where many old monuments are being torn down and history is being rewritten, learn how public art rooted in inclusivity can help right the wrongs of history.
A mushroom cloud from a nuclear detonation.
Article
Artbound

The Deadly Impact of Nuclear Testing on Unsuspecting Desert Communities

The effects of nuclear testing have been devastating. What is more alarming is how the United States government has downplayed its effects and perpetrated a monstrous public health deception, especially to marginalized rural communities.
A freeway crosses a concretized river bed. This is an aerial view of the Los Angeles River as it meets the Rio Hondo.
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Artbound

L.A. Residents Push for More Inclusion in Gehry-Designed Arts Center

The Southeast Los Angeles Cultural Arts Center is a great idea on paper, but locals have well-grounded fear that bright and shiny developments like these would leave their best interests out in the cold.
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