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Chloe Arnold is photographed professionally wearing a leather-like top and red pants.
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Artbound

A Dancer for Justice: Chloe Arnold Connects Youth to their Humanity Through Movement

Emmy-nominated tap dancer Chloe Arnold credits dance for saving her life. Now, she is paying it forward by offering inner-city youth an opportunity to connect with themselves and others through dance.
Three pink squares on a billboard have three images drawn onto them. The one on the far left is a portrait of Chef Visoth Tarak Ouk, widely known as "Chef T." He's wearing a T-shirt and a baseball cap proudly flashing a tattoo on his fingers that reads "Chef Life." In the middle box is an unsmiling baby girl propped up by an adult hand, her name written on a mugshot letter board. On the right box is a man with his head tilted and the same surname as the baby girl.
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Southland Sessions

Socio-Political Art is Popping Up on Billboards Across L.A. Here's What They're All About.

In its seventh year, this year's Billboard Creative project highlights the work of established and emerging artists on 30 billboards across L.A. This year's curated collection features pieces that address issues such as immigration, the environment, race, gender and domestic violence.
A man (left) and a woman (right) in masks work in a woodshop with coronavirus safety regulations in place such as clear plastic barriers between stations.
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Southland Sessions

Report: Reducing Red Tape Key to Survival of L.A.’s Creative Economy

After record growth, L.A.'s creative economy has suffered much with the coronavirus crisis. Now, recovery is uneven, and experts say reducing red tape is a critical element of survival.
Artist Teresa Tolliver and her installation at a William Grant Still Art Center Black Doll Show, circa 87-90 | Bobbie Campbell, Courtesy of William Grant Still Art Center
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Southland Sessions

40 Years Later, Why a Black Doll Show Still Resonates

Celebrating its 40th year, William Grant Still Arts Center’s annual Black doll show uses dolls to examine the complexities of being Black and work toward healing.
Rosie Lee Hooks | Courtesy of Watts Towers Arts Center
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Artbound

Advocate Above All: Watts Towers Art Center's Rosie Lee Hooks 

From performing with an ensemble to working at the Smithsonian to mentoring Watts youth (including a young Nipsey Hussle), WTAC's advocate has done it all and keeps fighting for her adopted neighborhood.
Les Uniques Social Club initiation ceremony of new officers at the Buckman home in Santa Monica, 1954. | Persil Lewis. Courtesy of the Quinn Research Center
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Southland Sessions

Three Major Projects Chronicle Histories and Displacement of African Americans in Santa Monica

“We get it all the time — people come up to us and say, ‘We didn't know that Black people live in Santa Monica,” Carolyne Edwards said. “And there was a huge population there.”
A gloved hand holds an envelope in Sean Griffith's contribution to Susan Silton's "Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!" project | Courtesy of Susan Silton
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Southland Sessions

Susan Silton’s ‘“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!’ Shines the Light on COVID Victims While Supporting Postal System

“If we’re not able to deliver body bags to this president, let’s deliver bags of handwritten names of those we’ve lost,” Susan Silton’s ‘“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” project websites states.
From left to right: Mayahuel and Ocelotl dance with their mother, Lupe Tellez. | Courtesy of Lupe Tellez
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Southland Sessions

For Danza Azteca Groups, Dancing is Prayer and Protest in Motion

With ancient Mexican roots, danza Azteca is a movement that inspired Chicanos to embrace their ethnic heritage and question the Eurocentric norms forced upon them.
A mariachi group performs at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights to fundraise for the mariachi relief fund. | Courtesy of Community Power Collective
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Southland Sessions

Mariachi Relief Fund Aims to Keep Musicians from Slipping Through the Cracks

Often working on a cash basis, mariachi groups have been hit hard by the pandemic. A new relief fund is looking to offer a safety net.
Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray extending his arms out. | Courtesy of Center for Religion and Civic Culture
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Lost LA

The Voice of Calm in the '92 Uprising

“Our nation has come a long way, and we still have a long way to go.” said Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church of Los Angeles during the 1992 Uprising.
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