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Where can you immerse yourself in creative methods that envision a shared future?
Where can you learn pragmatic equity strategies to evolve institutions and ourselves?

For this third and final activation of REMAP: LA, we will locate ourselves within the city’s rich cultural landscape exploring cultural vibrancy, community and imagination. 

REMAP: LA features participatory intensives with stellar LA artists, pathbreakers and wayfinders to the possible.

REMAP: LA offers Cultural Community Benefits trainings, originated in Detroit and adapted for use by all advancing equity.

Learn alongside artists who boldly make work in a vision of the city connected to its history.
Jump in for a day or for an energized week of grounding walks, participatory art intensives, equity workshops, and a forum elevating how we the people are reimagining the American cultural map.
Meet your fellow artists and change makers and those looking to add more creative methods and strategies to their work. Join us!

Featured workshop artists include: installation artist Caitlin Abadir-Mullally and writer Kamala Puligandla, visual artist & Homeboy Industries mentor Fabian Debora and interdisciplinary artist Evelyn Serrano, writer & performance artist Gabrielle Civil and choreographer Tamica Washington-Miller, Grammy Award-winning artivista Quetzal Flores and trailblazing multi-disciplinary performer Nobuko Miyamoto, textile artists & cultural bearers from the Tarahat Women’s Beading Circle of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, playwright Velina Hasu Houston and master printmaker & artist Rosalie López.

Imagining a New Map forum artists include: singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, Chicana altaristas Ofelia and Rosanna Esparza, violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta, visual artist Jazmín Urrea, excerpt of Try/Step/Trip by Dahlak Brathwaite and more!

Artist-led Participatory Workshops ranging from heritage-based arts, writing, performance and beyond will offer participants new artistic tools, methodologies and approaches towards more creative and effective engagement of communities. They will take place at Casa Del Mexicano (Boyle Heights), California Institute of the Arts (Santa Clarita), Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Crenshaw), Native Voices at the Autry (Griffith Park), Rudy Ortega Sr. Park (San Fernando Valley), Self Help Graphics (Boyle Heights), and Somos LA Arte Homeboy Art Academy (East LA). 

Cultural Community Benefits trainings based on the ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Toolkit will offer institutional as well as individual cultural organizers a practical and meaningful framework for building commitments to greater diversity, equitable stakeholder relationships, and structural change within their work. Facilitated by originators of the Toolkit, ArtChangeUS team members and local LA organizers, these workshops will guide participants through arts-based exercises aimed at unpacking complex equity issues, highlighting best practices, and establishing committed goals for community benefit. The workshops will take place at the Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena) in collaboration with Armory Center for the Arts and Learning Works, The Music Center (Downtown LA), California Institute of the Arts (Santa Clarita), and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (Downtown LA).

Imagining a New Map forum will feature participatory conversations and artist projects that fundamentally shift how we perceive place, people, and culture. In partnership with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Imagining a New Map asks: How do we co-create a future located in our understanding of the past and actions now? And how does cultural equity show up in your work? Together we can build connections and resources in community with others to change our landscape. 

Workshops and trainings will be held at multiple venues across Los Angeles County. Please see below for specific offerings and location details.

ArtChangeUS is committed to creating an inclusive environment. This includes providing accommodations to make our event more accessible. If you need accommodations to fully participate in REMAP: LA, please include your needs on the registration form or email elizabeth@artchangeus.com . For questions concerning registration, email elizabeth@artchangeus.com

Content Advisory: Workshops and events at ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA may include explicit conversations about class- and race-based conflict.

REMAP: LA is the final REMAP of the ArtChangeUS initiative. Come celebrate!

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Artist-Led Equity At A Glance

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Artist-Led Equity Schedule

10:00am-3:00pm: Cultural Community Benefits Training
The Music Center, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Based on the ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Toolkit, this training will offer institutional as well as individual cultural organizers a practical and meaningful framework for building commitments to greater diversity, equitable stakeholder relationships, and structural change within their work. Facilitated by originators of the Toolkit, ArtChangeUS team members and local LA organizers, these workshops will guide participants through arts-based exercises aimed at unpacking complex equity issues, highlighting best practices, and establishing committed goals for community benefit.

7:00pm-9:15pm: Imagining a New Map forum
Doors open at 6:30; Reception to follow the forum
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Imagining a New Map forum will feature participatory conversations and artist projects that fundamentally shift how we perceive place, people, and culture. In partnership with the Alliance of California Traditional Arts, Imagining a New Map asks: How do we co-create a future located in our understanding of the past and actions now? And how does cultural equity show up in your work? Together we can build connections and resources in community with others to change our landscape. 

11:30am-3:30pm: Beading as Medicine with Tarahat Women’s Beading Circle of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
Rudy Ortega Sr. Park, 2025 4th Street, San Fernando, CA 91340

Where does heritage beadwork intersect with your story?
Led by Native Women, the Beading as Medicine workshop celebrates the creative and resilient spirit of the Native communities of Los Angeles County. Learn how traditional arts are used to remember, honor, and heal our community. *Limited to 15 women

10:00am-2:00pm: Decolonial Cultural Mobility with Nobuko Miyamoto and Quetzal Flores
Casa Del Mexicano, 2900 Calle Pedro Infante, Los Angeles, CA 90063

How can collaborative songwriting and storytelling become an exercise in solidarity?
“White supremacist, capitalist patriarchy” has arranged and informed the ways in which we move about the world. In order to begin a process of healing and transformation we must return to the moments of trauma and gently move forward “restorying” our humanity. Nobuko and Quetzal will support participants in sharing stories and lifting up cultural processes to facilitate mobility and collective vision.

2:30pm-6:30pm: Launching a Play: Latitude, Longitude, and Nautical Miles with Velina Hasu-Houston
Native Voices at the Autry, Autry Museum of the American West, Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

How can we transcend the borders placed on our identities through playwriting?
Launching an idea into a play and navigating the development of that play definitely makes for challenging waters.  This workshop explores how to cultivate your idea and launch it as a play.  The workshop addresses diagnostic tools for fostering characters, shaping the story of your play, and traversing the journey of the protagonist.  The waters are never smooth or easy. Furthermore, the weather never cooperates either – ignore forecasts and any almanac you find, or someone presents to you.  Making choices about directors and other dramatists can be precarious, but indispensable to the collaborative process that is theatre – not only the word, but all the moving currents that make the word into flesh.  With diagnostic devices – tools, as it were – you can find your way with greater ease. Of course, there truly is no map to get you where you want to go, but having your senses attuned will help you keep your boat buoyant and help you get to your destination.

9:00am-1:00pm: Reading the City: Memory, Place, and Change in Nepant(LA) with Fabian Debora and Evelyn Serrano
Somos LA Arte Homeboy Art Academy, 3541 E. 1st St. Los Angeles CA 90063

How can reflecting upon place create possibility in our bodies?
Our neighborhoods are the stage for our stories and bordercrossings. Within them our bodies intersect with layers of colonization, transculturation, violence, erasure, dreams and opportunity. What could be gathered from an intimate encounter with our cities’ storied bodies? Through the lens of Playback Theater, Gloria Anzaldua’s Nepantlismo, storytelling and rascuache mapping, participants in this workshop will delve into the overlapping realities that make up our city.  We will journey together through Nepant(LA), a dynamic place of possibility, to shift into new perceptions of ourselves and our communities. Our work will aim to open possibilities to create what Anzaldua called “radical visions for transformation.” Participants are invited to bring an object to the workshop that represents a place of belonging.

2:30pm-6:30pm: Embodying Justice with Gabrielle Civil and Tamica Washington-Miller
Lula Washington Dance Theatre, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

How do we manifest justice in our movements?
How can we bring our full, socially marked, embodied selves into the urgent now? How can we activate ourselves and each other? How can we shift, enact, and create change?  In this dynamic workshop, we will practice bringing justice into our bodies and into our communities. Inspired by James Baldwin, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr,. Rev. angel Kyodo williams and more, this session will incorporate wise words, candid conversation and embodied movement exercises. Participants will have a chance to move, write, speak, play, explore and reflect with others. All welcome.

11:30am-3:30pm: Milagro’s of Empowerment with Rosalie López
Self Help Graphics, 1300 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

How would you visually represent a milagro (miracle)?
This workshop will be centered on creating milagro charms, which represent empowerment. Milagro’s are typically small metal charms in the shape of a person, body part or animal and can have various meanings attached to them. They are thought of as good luck and are thought to help bring the meaning the person has attached to it into fruition. We will explore various methods of iconography to create wearable adornments with our Milagros of empowerment and share our creations as a group.

10:00am-3:30pm: Cultural Community Benefits Training in collaboration with Armory Center for the Arts and Learning Works
Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Based on the ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Toolkit, this training will offer institutional as well as individual cultural organizers a practical and meaningful framework for building commitments to greater diversity, equitable stakeholder relationships, and structural change within their work. Facilitated by originators of the Toolkit, ArtChangeUS team members and local LA organizers, these workshops will guide participants through arts-based exercises aimed at unpacking complex equity issues, highlighting best practices, and establishing committed goals for community benefit.

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Workshop Descriptions

Cultural Community Benefits Principles Trainings
Multiple Sessions Available! See schedule above for details.

  • Wednesday, 1/22: 10am-3pm at The Music Center
  • Thursday, 1/23: 10am-3pm at California Institute of the Arts
  • Wednesday, 1/29: 10am-3pm at LA County Department of Arts and Culture
  • Thursday, 1/30: 10am-3:30pm at Armory Center for the Arts in collaboration with Armory Center for the Arts and Learning Works

Based on the ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Toolkit, these trainings will offer institutional as well as individual cultural organizers a practical and meaningful framework for building commitments to greater diversity, equitable stakeholder relationships, and structural change within their work. Facilitated by originators of the Toolkit, ArtChangeUS team members and local LA organizers, these workshops will guide participants through arts-based exercises aimed at unpacking complex equity issues, highlighting best practices, and establishing committed goals for community benefit.

Beading as Medicine with Tarahat Women’s Beading Circle of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
Friday, January 24, 2020; 11:30am-3:30pm
Rudy Ortega Sr. Park, 2025 Fourth St, San Fernando, CA 91340

Where does heritage beadwork intersect with your story?
Led by Native Women, the Beading as Medicine workshop celebrates the creative and resilient spirit of the Native communities of Los Angeles County. Learn how traditional arts are used to remember, honor, and heal our community. *Limited to 15 women

Decolonial Cultural Mobility with Nobuko Miyamoto and Quetzal Flores
Saturday, January 25, 2020; 9:30am-1:30pm
Casa Del Mexicano, 2900 Calle Pedro Infante, Los Angeles, CA 90063

How can collaborative songwriting and storytelling become an exercise in solidarity?
“White supremacist, capitalist patriarchy” has arranged and informed the ways in which we move about the world. In order to begin a process of healing and transformation we must return to the moments of trauma and gently move forward “restorying” our humanity.  Nobuko and Quetzal will support participants in sharing stories and lifting up cultural processes to facilitate mobility and collective vision.

Launching a Play: Latitude, Longitude, and Nautical Miles with Velina Hasu-Houston
Saturday, January 25, 2020; 2:30-6:30pm
Native Voices at the Autry, Autry Museum of the American West, Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

How can we transcend the borders placed on our identities through playwriting?Launching an idea into a play and navigating the development of that play definitely makes for challenging waters.  This workshop explores how to cultivate your idea and launch it as a play.  The workshop addresses diagnostic tools for fostering characters, shaping the story of your play, and traversing the journey of the protagonist.  The waters are never smooth or easy. Furthermore, the weather never cooperates either – ignore forecasts and any almanac you find, or someone presents to you.  Making choices about directors and other dramatists can be precarious, but indispensable to the collaborative process that is theatre – not only the word, but all the moving currents that make the word into flesh.  With diagnostic devices – tools, as it were – you can find your way with greater ease. Of course, there truly is no map to get you where you want to go, but having your senses attuned will help you keep your boat buoyant and help you get to your destination.

Reading the City: Memory, Place, and Change in Nepant(LA) with Fabian Debora and Evelyn Serrano
Sunday, January 26, 2020; 9am-1pm
Somos LA Arte Homeboy Art Academy, 3541 E. 1st St. Los Angeles CA 90063

How can reflecting upon place create possibility in our bodies?
Our neighborhoods are the stage for our stories and bordercrossings. Within them our bodies intersect with layers of colonization, transculturation, violence, erasure, dreams and opportunity. What could be gathered from an intimate encounter with our cities’ storied bodies? Through the lens of Playback Theater, Gloria Anzaldúa’s Nepantlismo, storytelling and rascuache mapping, participants in this workshop will delve into the overlapping realities that make up our city.  We will journey together through Nepant(LA), a dynamic place of possibility, to shift into new perceptions of ourselves and our communities. Our work will aim to open possibilities to create what Anzaldúa called “radical visions for transformation.” Participants are invited to bring an object to the workshop that represents a place of belonging.

Embodying Justice with Gabrielle Civil and Tamica Washington-Miller
Sunday, January 26, 2020; 2:30pm-6:30pm
Lula Washington Dance Theatre, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

How do we manifest justice in our movements?
How can we bring our full, socially marked, embodied selves into the urgent now? How can we activate ourselves and each other? How can we shift, enact, and create change?  In this dynamic workshop, we will practice bringing justice into our bodies and into our communities. Inspired by James Baldwin, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr,. Rev. angel Kyodo williams and more, this session will incorporate wise words, candid conversation and embodied movement exercises. Participants will have a chance to move, write, speak, play, explore and reflect with others. All welcome.

Milagro’s of Empowerment with Rosalie López
Monday, January 27, 2020; 11:30 am-3:30 pm
Self Help Graphics, 1300 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

How would you visually represent a milagro (miracle)?
This workshop will be centered on creating milagro charms, which represent empowerment. Milagro’s are typically small metal charms in the shape of a person, body part or animal and can have various meanings attached to them. They are thought of as good luck and are thought to help bring the meaning the person has attached to it into fruition. We will explore various methods of iconography to create wearable adornments with our Milagros of empowerment and share our creations as a group.

Hybrid Vigor with Caitlin Abadir-Mullally (kt) and Kamala Puligandla
Tuesday, January 28, 2020; 5-9 pm
California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

How do we look beyond census boxes and realize the complexity of identity in America?
Hybrid Vigor is a project exploring mixedness and the complexity of ethnic identity. The latest workshop in this series challenges the notion of authenticity, and celebrates the power in being perpetually unexpected. Hybrid Vigor is a space to converse, react, evolve, and create — we embrace the incongruous experiences that arise when attempting to form a community. Join us for readings, video, and discussion, that will lead us to build together. Come as all of you.

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Artist-Led Equity Pricing

Price Per Workshop for Representatives of Organizations with operating budget over $5M

$100

Price Per Workshop for Representatives of Organizations with operating budget below $5M

$75

Equity Subsidy for Artists, Students, Cultural Organizers, and those with financial need

Pay-what-you-can

Imagining a New Map Forum

$0*

Scholarship Assistance Available

The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is offering limited scholarships covering 50% of the cost of registration. To qualify for a scholarship, you must be a staff or board member of an organization that is currently funded by the Organizational Grant Program, and have an operating budget of less than $5,000,000.

Click here to complete the online request form.

ArtChangeUS would like to eliminate financial barriers to participation. If a 50% subsidy is not enough support, ArtChangeUS can provide matching support. Please email elizabeth@artchangeus.com to ask for a matching subsidy.

Applications for this opportunity must be received by 5pmPST on December 31 in order to be considered.

If you’d like to volunteer at ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA, please contact morgan.camper@alum.calarts.edu

REGISTER HERE!

ArtChangeUS would like to acknowledge the Tongva peoples and Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians as the traditional, current, and future  inhabitants and caretakers of the lands of the City and County of Los Angeles.

About ArtChangeUS
ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America is a five-year initiative based out of the California Institute of the Arts and New York City. Our mission is to reframe the national arts conversation by embracing the cultural assets of demographic change. 

REMAP: LA is planned in collaboration with ArtChangeUS Core Partners: Alison De La Cruz (Japanese American Cultural and Community Center), Ben Johnson (City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs), Amy Kitchener (Alliance for California Traditional Arts), Natalie Marrero (Conga Kids), Debra J.T. Padilla, Randy Reinholz & Jean Bruce Scott (Native Voices at the Autry), and Tamica Washington-Miller (Lula Washington Dance Theatre). Advisory Council: Sofia Klatzker (Roman Mars Foundation), Leslie Ito (Armory Center for the Arts), Dr. Mishuana Goeman (University of California, Los Angeles), and Pamela Villaseñor (Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians).

ArtChangeUS would like to thank our collaborating venues: California Institute of the Arts, Casa Del Mexicano, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, The Music Center, Native Voices at The Autry, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, REDCAT, Rudy Ortega Sr. Park, Self Help Graphics, and Somos LA Arte Homeboy Art Academy.  

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Artist-Led Equity is made possible by a grant from the Annenberg Foundation, the California Wellness Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Surdna Foundation and ticket revenue. Scholarship funding provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

ArtChangeUS operations are supported by Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.