This blog is dedicated to a variety of social art practices including: urban interventions, utopian proposals, guerrilla architecture, new genre, public art, social sculpture, project-based community practice, interactive media, service dispersals, service design, activism and street performance. The primary material of social practice is person-to-person exchange, interaction, or participation. These situations, organizations and events can involve various media including photography, video, drawing, text, sound, sculpture,, political art, design, eco-art and performance art.
TodaysArt 2011 International Festival Beyond Art The Hague [NL] / 23 + 24 September Brussels [BE] / 29 September - 1 October [raw][/raw] TodaysArt is a festival concept that revolves around the presentation and development of adventurous...
An urban art mosaic may be among new projects and renovations at the school this summer. Prescott College students in the Art, Culture, and Socially Engaged Practices course taught by Deborah Ford pitched the idea for ...
Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, and founding member of REPOhistory and Political Art Documentation/Distribution. His recent installations include /Mole Light/ at Plato's Cave/Eidia House in Williamsburg, ...
I was hooked on the idea that art could articulate a new vision and make a difference in the world. I'd found my path. In the years since the 1960s and '70s, the role of activist artists and creatives engaged in public or ...
Gallery & Public Programs: Shipping & Receiving. Opening Reception: August 6, 5-8pm. Open through September 30, 2011.
Coming Soon: Fall Art Mentoring Workshops for Youth: Photography, Film, Animation, & More! Free to low-income families.
Venice Arts Mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media–based arts education programs. Venice Arts also serves as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low–income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi–media.
YOUTH ARTS & MEDIA FESTIVAL
Photography - Video - Dance Art - Music - Spoken Word - Skate
Kid Frost - Youth Orchestra LA - DJ CIVIK Knocksteady - Sessions LA - Kids Being Kids Choice Group - Buddy Williams - Deaf Edge Minerva Barrales - Acid Rain - ICD - OUTLIAR
Featured Youth Exhibits
Grammy Foundation - All Peoples - Cal Arts - MOCA - USC 826LA - Project Great Futures - Little Tokyo Service Center
YOUTH ARTS & MEDIA COALITION:
Choice Group Inc | ICEF Public Schools | CalArts Community Arts Partnership Venice Arts | Echo Park Film Center | Bresee Foundation | Digital Dove All Peoples Cristian Center | Youth Speak | A Place Called Home | LA-Artist.com LifeWorks | Long Beach YMCA Youth Institute | Little Tokyo Service Center Urban Oasis | The Garage Board Shop | MOCA | Mobile Mural Lab Project Great Futures | Urban Canvas
eatART fosters new media art research with a focus on large-scale, kinetic and robotic sculpture. Our projects use art to educate people about the role energy plays in our lives and to raise questions about the social and environmental impact of energy use.
OPEN PROCESS SERIES The Open Process Series emphasizes the infinite possibilities that exist within the creative process and integrates the artistic process with a parallel community-based process that often includes partnerships, community storytelling and writing projects, and other methods for reaching and involving new people during the new play/performance development process. The series, which includes readings, discussions, forums, story-telling projects, community events and more, is designed to share work as it is being shaped and encourage new perspectives and ideas.
The Living Word Project (LWP) is the resident theater company of Youth Speaks, committed to producing literary performance in the verse of our time. Aesthetically urban, pedagogically Freirean, LWP derives personal performed narratives out of interdisciplinary collaboration. Though its methodology includes dance, music, and film, the company’s emphasis is spoken storytelling.
Based on the encouraging results of a first international colloquium in Brussels in 2007, Lise Coirier and Chantal Vanoeteren brought their experiences together in order to launch “Human Cities”, a European cooperation project supported by the Culture programme 2007-2013 of the European Commission.
Since 2008, the Human Cities network gathers Pro Materia (BE), the Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta de l’ULB (BE), the Politecnico in Milan (IT), the Institute for Urban Planning in Ljubljana (SLO) and the Lighthouse in Glasgow (UK) which is replaced since 2010 by the Cité du Design in Saint-Etienne (FR). They all work together in order to highlight and tackle the uses and attitudes of people in urban public space. They question the socio-cultural issues of urban design ranging from public spaces to urban furniture and objects in European cities today.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is taking community engagement seriously and to an extremely individual level. The Center's YBCA: YOU program provides one-on-one introductions to YBCA and contemporary art.
My home country of Bulgaria has been through enormous social, political, and economic changes in the last 20 years. The end of communism, the rise of a democratic society, membership in the European Union – it has been an amazing, and sometimes difficult, transformation. A whole way of life has been replaced in the span of a generation, and that has meant both excitement and uncertainty.
With 14 million inhabitants and 101 billionaires, Moscow is Europe’s biggest city, and perhaps its most contradictory. The blueprint used to rebuild the former capital of the socialist world is brutal. Fueled by a burgeoning resource economy, the city goes global, with financial and cultural involvement in all the other global capitals, and with massive migration of cheap labor from Central Asia. But at the same time, Moscow refuses to see its problems and its possibilities. It isolates itself from the world to which it belongs, constantly in danger of becoming a provincial megalopolis. The lack of a real public sphere – both in literal, spatial and figurative senses – is part of the problem. The vast open spaces left behind by communism almost never become places for people. Yet despite all the authoritarian governance and the much-lamented absence of politics, people realize that there can be no civil society on the basis of movie theaters, shopping malls, condominiums and fancy cafes alone.
Community and Practice Online. By Duncan Malashock. Since I first became interested in art on the Internet, specifically through groups centered around rhizome.org, I've heard phrases like “the Internet art community” used to promote ...
Living as Form provides a broad look at a vast array of socially engaged practices that appear with increasing regularity in fields ranging from theater to activism, and urban planning to visual art. The project brings together ...
LOS ANGELES, CA – City Repair presents their Community Place-Making Workshop on Thursday, September 29th, at HM157 in Lincoln Heights. Led by permaculture experts Mark Lakeman and Marisha Auerbach, this five hour workshop will begin with a powerpoint presentation and discussion on the art of place-making, natural building, and guerilla gardening. Following a lunch break, attendees will employ these techniques, hands-on, in the HM157 garden and surrounding city property. The workshop runs from 10am to 3pm at HM157, 3110 N Broadway, in Lincoln Heights. A donation of $15 is requested to cover costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To RSVP, contact Charon at email@example.com.
Breaking the rules and reclaiming city property to put community first, City Repair builds spaces that provide a community meeting point for all to enjoy. Now City Repair is taking its show on the road to multicultural communities like LA’s own Lincoln Heights. Ambassadors of change, Mark Lakeman & Marisha Auerbach, will teach first about the theoretical side of natural building and place making from 10-Noon, breaking for a one hour lunch at El Huarachito, a block away, then come back for implementation, building, cobbing and guerilla gardening for 2 hours. Together, the group will build a two-sided bench along the street, one side facing a large community bulletin board, and the other facing the N Broadway, to watch parades go by and for locals to congregate in comfort and harmony with nature in the urban setting. Attendees will learn how to transform any piece of dirt or pavement into a Community-Destination-Connection Station.
City Repair – Community Place-Making Workshop
– An Into to Place-Making, Natural Building and Guerilla Gardening
Speakers: Mark Lakeman and Marisha Auerbach
Format: 5 hours of presentations, discussions and hands-on learning, breaking for lunch at El Huarachito (Best of LA Winner, 2008)
City Repair began in Portland, Oregon with the idea that localization – of culture, of economy, of decision-making – is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, they plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower communities and nurture local culture. While initially met with resistance from the city, it was eventually realized by officials that these actions were bettering and beautifying the city at no cost to it. They soon passed and ordinance to encourage “intersection repair” in all 96 neighborhoods of Portland.
Examples of City Repair’s many accomplishments include Portland’s “Share-It-Square” where City Repair gathered volunteers from the community to paint a giant mural of the earth in the center of an intersection. These large-scale intersection paintings have now been executed across the city. Another project is the “T-Horse Mobile Tea House”, in which they built a tea house on wheels, traveling to different Portland neighborhoods, serving up free tea, and providing a comfortable, creative atmosphere where people meet their neighbors and form community bonds. The work of City Repair and its dedicated community volunteers can be seen in intersections and meeting spaces throughout Portland.
Mark Lakeman -
Mark Lakeman is a founder and sustainer of numerous world-changing initiatives and organizations, including The City Repair Project and many of it’s inventions including Intersection Repair and the Village Building Convergence, Communitecture Incorporated, Dignity Village, and the new Planet Repair Institute. Each of these entities is an aggressive and collaborative, multi-disciplinary creative culture, working in partnership with numerous others. All of this work engages and inspires place-based communities to creatively transform the social and environmental infrastructure of the public commons and private realms where people live. Often featuring permaculture or natural building techniques, each local initiative builds relational networks and engenders systemic transformation while leaving gorgeous footprints on the path to a better world.
Mark is also the designer of numerous beloved architecture & planning projects in Portland, including The ReBuilding Center of Our United Villages as well as many innovative village-based communities.
City Repair -
City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented place-making through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. Please watch this video to learn more: http://youtu.be/qVq0exoGySc
HM157, aka Historical Monument #157, has become the center of the Lincoln Heights art community, operating as a catalyst for culture. The creative community, one of the homiest venues in town, is housed in an eclectic Victorian mansion and propagates positive possibilities. Voted "Best Underground Date Night 2009" and "Best Escape From Corporate Entertainment 2010" by The LA Weekly.
For more information, or interviews, please contact Charon Nogues at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (562) 895-9399
“Some people just talk about community vision, but Mark Lakeman (and) City Repair make it happen.” - Jennifer Anderson of The Portland Tribune
“(Mark Lakeman and the Village Building) Convergence brings together neighbors to focus on building emotional and physical gathering places. It has created message boards for community announcements, public benches, fountains, memorials and miniparks - each designed to encourage people to give pause to their surroundings, commune with nature and relate with neighbors they may seldom see.” - Joanne Zuhl of Street Roots
A neon sign repeats the word free word FREE repeats in English and Arabic in a circular shape, as in a Sufi prayer, an incantation, a chant, a declaration. It shines on intricate mirrored vinyl patterns, interacting with the architecture, integrating with the structure, as it alters the identity of the building.
For his YBCA building, Fumihiko Maki based his design on a ship in movement, referencing San Francisco s position as a major port for commerce, defense as well as immigration. Known for its openness towards diverse people and cultures, San Francisco continues to welcome new perspectives, celebrating cultural diversity, encouraging political discourse, giving voice to the marginalized. The setting of the YBCA building allows for a public platform to celebrate the open spirit of the city, while creating an opportunity for echoing the call for freedom across the globe. It allows for a chance to mark the present moment, responding with a proposal for free expression.
The Education and Community Engagement Programs at Intersection seek to promote community and personal enrichment through the arts by providing audiences, art makers, and the community with direct avenues for engagement in the artistic and civic process. We aim to foster cultural and historical understanding and provide context between art and the communities and societies we live in and help to build.
In late July 2001 Americans for the Arts held its annual conference in New York City. It was the biggest gathering we had ever had, some 1600 leaders from the local arts agency and state arts agency worlds, including not only members of ...
The participants range from art world luminaries to those purposefully obscure, providing a glimpse into an evolving community concerned with the political implications of socially engaged art. The Creative Time Summit is ...