“Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles
a film by Mark Escribano and Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul
Filmmaker and artist Sara Daleiden will be there for post screening conversation with Lanetta Kimmons of City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks and you.
“Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles” follows the rarely witnessed, intricate process of one of the most mysterious and controversial art forms affecting the public at large. This documentary delves into the requisite political journeys navigated by Los Angeles-based artists as they wrestle with myriad social sensitivities, budgetary constraints, and technical variables. Attempting to stay true to their art process and aesthetic tendencies, these artists negotiate with the government and the neighborhoods to produce ambitious, permanent, large-scale art projects. With the intent to alleviate graffiti and amplify use of shared public spaces, these projects explore the extensive social power of art within four neighborhoods in South Los Angeles County.
“Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles” was Commissioned by Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program Open Space Graffiti Abatement Project in collaboration with Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, County of Los Angeles Public Library. SPArt grant funding supports the film’s screening series.
The event is part of LA Poverty Department’s “Public Safety for Real” project. The project articulates a vision, in which “Public Safety” is generated by cultivating a sense of mutual responsibility among community members for creating the well being of their community. This screening is the second in a series of public conversation events integral to building the performance project. This evening’s event is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.”
Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Movie Nights at the Museum take place the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, we screen movies about issues that are important to our Skid Row and downtown community at the #skidrowmuseum.
LAPD’s “Public Safety for Real” performance project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The MAP Fund, The National Endowment for The Arts-theater, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and California Humanities.
About Los Angeles Poverty Department
Currently celebrating its 33nd year, Los Angeles Poverty Department was the first ongoing arts initiative on Skid Row. LAPD creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams, and rights of people who live and work in L.A.’s Skid Row. LAPD has created projects with communities throughout the US and in The Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Bolivia.
About Skid Row History Museum and Archive
The Skid Row History Museum & Archive operates as an archive, exhibition, and performance and meeting space curated by LAPD. It foregrounds the distinctive artistic and historical consciousness of Skid Row, a 40-year-old social experiment. The Skid Row History Museum & Archive functions as a means for exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality, by mining a neighborhood’s activist history and amplifying effective community strategies. Exhibitions focus on grassroots strategies that have preserved the neighborhood from successive threats of gentrification and displacement, to be studied for current adaptation and use.