Cal State L.A. and LACE host Chats About Change

Conversations will focus on arts and politics in L.A.

WHAT:    Cal State L.A. and the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) will host Chats About Change, five critical conversations that will explore the intersection of arts and politics in Los Angeles and feature artists and organizers who are using alternative means to seek sociopolitical change in communities across the region.

WHEN:    Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Cal State L.A. University-Student Union’s San Gabriel Room, 5151 State University Drive. Click here for a campus map.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 6522 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

MORE:    The chats are organized by artists Elana Mann and Robby Herbst and will focus on the following topics:

How Can I Participate?Carole Frances Lung

Today participation is considered the democratic standard, while the structures initiating this participation may not be fair, just, or desired. This conversation will explore the variety of motives, uses and strategies of community participation in Los Angeles. Panelists: Lili Bernard, Jennifer Moon and Megan Ortiz. Moderator: Ultra-Red.

Creative Dissonance

The individuals in this conversation will use their work addressing gender, policing, ideology, and the Veterans Administration as a starting point for a conversation about how art can be used in a critical discourse. Panelists: Lauren Bonn, Micol Hebron, Daniel Joseph Martinez and Ada Tinnell. Moderator: Robby Herbst

The Spiritual and the Political

This discussion will explore ways in which artists in Los Angeles are using non-traditional approaches to contribute to the sociopolitical dialogue in Los Angeles. Panelists: Rafa Esparza, Amitis Motevalli and Guru Rugu. Moderator: Dorit Cypis.

Between The Artist The Organizer and The Social Worker

Social change art is defined by its interdisciplinary nature and use of hybrid strategies from art and sociology to activate a public sphere. This panel will feature participants at the forefront of using art for social change. Panelists: Camilo Cruz, Carole Frances Lung, Karen Mack and John Malpede. Moderators:  Elana Mann and Evelyn Serrano.

Flowers For Action, Seeds For Change

The Jan. 15 discussion will bring artists and cultural practitioners who will share ways they are looking critically at the built environment and acting creatively to build new relationships with the land. Panelists: Olivia Chumacero, Rio Jill Contreras, Sarah Dougherty and Christy Roberts. Moderators: Jane Tsong and Sanda de la Loza.

The event is a collaboration among the American Communities Program, the Office of Service Learning, the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good and the Art Department at Cal State L.A.

CONTACT:    Professor Carole Frances Lung at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-4034.

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Photo: Cal State L.A. Professor Carole Frances Lung, who is one of the panelists for Chats About Change. (Photo credit: Carole Frances Lung)


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