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Teena Apeles

Teena Apeles

Author and book editor Teena Apeles writes about art, culture, design, activism, and history, and edits books on an even wider range of subjects. She is the founder of the creative collective Narrated Objects, which produces books and events to showcase the diverse voices of the city of Los Angeles.

Teena Apeles
A poster for Women in Design Conference at the Woman's Building designed by Sheila de Bretteville.
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Artbound

In Graphic Design, What Does It Mean to be Accessible?

Issues of accessibility have long been woven through all facets of graphic design and can especially be seen in Los Angeles during the late 1960s and early '70s.
Julia Bogany with Homeboy Art Academy Art Gang
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Tending Nature

You Will Not Be Invisible: Tongva Elder Julia Bogany’s Unwavering Commitment to Future Generations

Committed to teaching and celebrating her ancestors' history, stories, language, sites and traditions, longtime activist and educator Julia Bogany leaves behind a legacy of raising awareness of the original inhabitants of what is now Los Angeles.
A portrait of Larry Baza from shoulders up. He's wearing thick, tortoise shell glasses, a beige plaid suit with yellow details and a gold tie. Baza is smiling and looking off to the side.
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Artbound

The Legacy of Larry Baza, San Diego Activist and Arts Advocate

A prominent advocate for the arts, BIPOC and LGBTQ causes, Larry Baza served on San Diego's Commission for Arts and Culture and was later appointed to the California Arts Council in 2016.
House No. 1, the R Cloud House is a crown-like house with decorative fencing
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Southland Sessions

A New Case Study House Puts Black Architecture on Display in Watts

On a triangle-shaped lot near the historic Watts Towers and the beloved Watts Towers Arts Center, a new mixed-use project is underway to draw people from all over the city and beyond to experience the Black aesthetic through architecture.
Singer Linda Ronstadt belts out songs in Spanish from her "Canciones de Mi Padre" album at a 1988 Los Angeles, California concert. | George Rose/Getty Images
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Southland Sessions

How Linda Ronstadt Continues to Inspire New Generations of Musicians

Linda Ronstadt is an icon in music, and she continues to use her fame to open doors for generations of musicians of Mexican American heritage and beyond.
Demonstrators gather in front of the United States Supreme Court, where the Court is hearing arguments on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - DACA. | Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
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City Rising

How Youth Activism Has Shaped American Democracy

These activists are part of a long history in America, stretching back as far back as the 1830s (and likely beyond), of youth challenging and transforming our democracy. Here is a look at some of those movements.
Interior of a bookstore. | Flickr/rob walsh/Creative Commons (Public Domain Mark 1.0)
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Southland Sessions

How Authors Are Reaching Book Lovers in the Age of COVID-19

Without in-person events to launch their new books, authors are touring virtually.
Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea (top row), Leonor Xochitl Perez, Ph.D. (top row, sixth, clockwise) and Las Adelitas (bottom row, in red) in London at the International Mariachi Women’s Festival, July 21, 2018. | Eddie Sakaki Photographer
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Southland Sessions

The Rise of the Female Mariachi: A Brief History

With mainstream exposure and a growing fan base, female mariachis are making significant inroads in the historically male-dominated music genre.
Uncle Van Huynh's mother sews masks for the Auntie Sewing Squad. | Courtesy of Van Huynh
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Southland Sessions

Auntie Sewing Squad Bonds Multiple Generations Together to Fight COVID-19

The Auntie Sewing Squad is a multi-generational network of 800-plus home sewers making face masks for vulnerable populations without access to them.
Rieko Takamatsu, art professor Devon Tsuno's wife, wears a face shield made by the 3D PPE Artist Network. | Courtesy 3D PPE Artist Network
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Southland Sessions

Informal Artist Network 3D Prints Life-Saving Face Shields for Those in the Frontlines

Started while in quarantine, 3D PPE Artist Network has produced and distributed more than 7,000 free face shields to some 60 locations.
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