What: CAP FORUM: BE THE CHANGE
When: April 1, 2009 7:00 pm
Where: REDCAT 631 W. 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Presents CAP FORUM: BE THE CHANGE
L.A.-based artists and activists launch conversation about the intersection of art and social activism at REDCAT
March 13, 2009 - The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP)  will bring together Los Angeles-based artists and activists for a panel discussion exploring the intersection of art and social activism. These artists' and organizers' work is marked by dynamic action in the world and their commitment to live the change they strive to realize. Poet and educator Mark Gonzales, artist Suzanne Lacy, curator and arts administrator Adolfo V. Nodal and the art-activist group Beehive Collective, will talk about their current projects and share strategies of action rooted in models of social activism, public art, community organizing, education and policymaking. The audience will be invited to participate in the open discussion session following the artists' presentations.
The Beehive Design Collective is an all-volunteer, non-profit, art-activist collective dedicated to "cross-pollinating the grassroots" by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as educational and organizing tools. Convened in 2000 as an all-women's mosaic collective, the Beehive collaboration has resulted in internationally acclaimed graphics, thousands of public presentations and workshops, recycled stone mosaic murals and a corresponding apprenticeship program, and the revitalization of the formerly-dilapidated Machias Valley Grange Hall, a landmark farmer's union building-turned community arts space in their small, rural town in Maine.
Mark Gonzales uses poetry, spoken-word and hip hop theater to heal individuals and build communities, locally and internationally, working in schools, refugee camps and prisons. Currently, he serves as Director of Arts and Community Partnership with Assemblies in Motion, an organization dedicated to creating alternative intervention models through arts and athletics for youth who suffer from violence and substance abuse.
Suzanne Lacy is an artist and writer whose work includes large-scale public performances and installations, photographs and text on issues of social justice and equity. A proponent of audience engagement and artists' roles in shaping public agendas, Lacy's early practice foreshadowed many themes in current debates on relational, analytical and community-based practices. She is Chair of the Masters in Fine Arts: Public Practices at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Adolfo Nodal is president of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, Project General Manager for The Annenberg Foundation / Farmlab, and former General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. In his roles as policy maker, entrepreneur, author, arts administrator, and curator, Nodal continues to foster forums for dialog and arts advocacy at the local, national and international levels.
CAP provides participating youth with challenging learning environments for artistic experimentation and creates access to higher education. Approaching its 20th anniversary, it is unique in its field. CAP offers in-depth training in jazz, printmaking, photography, digital media, video, drawing, animation, dance, theater, puppetry, writing, chamber music, global music and graphic design. The program offers more than 40 in-depth arts programs free-of-charge for elementary, middle and high school students in 60 neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.
CAP has received numerous awards--including the John Anson Ford Human Relations Award from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations in 2008, and in 2006 the Ovation Award for Community Outreach from the Los Angeles Stage Alliance and the Coming Up Taller Award for outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.