Big City Forum at Camino Nuevo’s Miramar High School

It gives me great pleasure to report back on the Big City Lab project funded by the SPArt Foundation between February and June of 2016. Big City Lab is an education initiative that functions as a school-based residency in middle and high schools. Through Big City Lab students explore the history, storylines, and social conditions […]

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The Liberated Arts Collective, 2016

The Liberated Arts Collective (LAC), formed in early 2016, is a collaboration between formerly incarcerated people serving term-to-life sentences, teachers, artists and writers. LAC members are invested in art as a tool for personal and community liberation, cultural expression and social change. Through art and radio journalism, LAC members shared their stories and wisdom with […]

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Reflections on Social Practice and the Formation of the Liberated Arts Collective

By Veronique d’Entremont _______________________________________________________________________________ When I was notified that I had been nominated for a Social Practice Art (SPArt) grant in Fall of 2015, I was in Boston teaching a class in Community-Based Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art. My nomination was due in large part to my 3+ years of collaboration with the […]

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Carp Flies for Devon Tsuno’s C.F.S.A. Project

The Carp Fishery Sustainability Act (C.F.S.A.), Devon Tsuno  In the 1990’s I was probably the only 11-year old kid tying flies and fly fishing at parks in Los Angeles.  I imagine for the locals of Baldwin Hills and Echo Park the sight of a small Japanese-American boy fly fishing in 1991 was about as strange […]

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What Does WCCW Mean to You?

When asked to write a closing blog post, recapping what the SPArt grant made possible seemed impossible to put into words. The last year has been one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging of my life. It has simultaneously felt like 5 years and 10 minutes at the same time. Instead to give my […]

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Gregory Sale, embedded artist Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Los Angeles

For more than a year, I have worked side-by-side with a dynamic group of individuals who have had serious trouble with the law; they have survived jail and prison, and now – with the help of support networks, political advocacy, and art – they are building new lives. I am an embedded artist and ally […]

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M.A.P. (Mobile Agora Project) // A Prologue

We are happy to be writing this update on the progress of the Mobile Agora Project (M.A.P.), the development of which was supported by the 2015 SPART grant. M.A.P. is conceived as a nomadic public pedagogical platform that will install itself in public markets in the greater Baja-Alta California region to incite critical reflection + dialogue […]

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Interview with Christina Sanchez Juarez of the Cocina Abierta Collective

Interview by Kai Daniel (SPArt Social Media Intern)- Upon meeting with co-founder Christina Sanchez Juarez, I entered an extremely welcoming environment. Christina herself was eager to talk about Cocina Abierta, its mission, and how it does what it does. The goal of Cocina Abierta, a collective of artists and restaurant workers, is to create critical […]

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Conflict Revolution: Dialogue and Community Relations

South Central community meeting with elected Commissioners Organized by City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission Mark Ridley Thomas Center, June 3, 2015, 5:30-7:45PM   By Dorit Cypis When I arrived at 6:30 the hall was crowded with 150 people. Most were community members seated in linear rows facing in one direction. People were also […]

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Conflict Revolution – On Policing

Police Community Relations in the Aftermath of Michael Brown and Ezell Ford Sponsored by Institute for Non Violence Los Angeles and City of LA 9th District October 30, November 1, 2014 Reflections by Dorit Cypis November 5, 2014  On October 30, 2014, 160 people from South LA came together for Days of Dialogue at Dr. […]

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