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Writer in Residence Helen Lessick: Placemaking, Community and Art Activism

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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6:30-8:00pm: Placemaking and Community: A Discussion of Art Activists

Placemaking and Community is the first of two panels and three events moderated by Beach House 2014 Writer in Residence Helen Lessick. Sabrina Barnes, Director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services for the City of Inglewood, and Adrian Rivas, art activist, business owner and co-founder of Form-follows.com and Gallery 727 will speak about their communities and efforts to harness culture and place. Moderated by writer, public artist and civic catalyst Helen Lessick, the panel will be followed by an open discussion on leveraging management, business acumen and art practices to engage community in creative work. For more information:  lessick.netForm-follows.comCityofinglewood.org

About the presenters:
Sabrina Barnes is the Director of the City of Inglewood Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department.    She is responsible for the development and oversight of public art programming, as well as recreation programming, park planning and maintenance, and youth, family, senior services and library services.  While overseeing a large municipal department within the City of Inglewood, she is leveraging their public art and parks programs to commission artworks in community places. She is also a professional singer, performing nationally as a soloist.

Adrian Rivas is a business owner and Director of the fine and contemporary art framing service form-follows in Glassell Park. Mr. Rivas co-founded G-727, a seminal exhibition space in Los Angeles’ garment district in 2003, leading in part to the revitalization of Spring Street Art District. He is also a curator and festival artist, recently hosting streaming online radio in the 2012 Santa Monica Beer, Art & Music Festival.

The Beach House is pleased to present Helen Lessick as 2014 Writer in Residence. She'll be starting her tenure on January 6, 2014 and working from the Marion Davies Guest House through March 17, 2014. Helen will hold public office hours every Monday and Saturday from 11am-1pm on site - ask at Guest Services for Helen's location. If you are an artist or arts administrator you may find her extensive experience in the fields of public art, grantseeking and arts engagement to be of great interest! Helen will welcome questions in person during office hours and online on the Beach House Artist in Residence Blog.

Helen Lessick is a conceptual artist, author, and public art consultant who is spending her time as the 2014 Writer in Residence finishing a project called a "Field Guide to Time," writing three essays on art in the public sphere, and leading two discussion groups about art and community as well as a proposal writing workshop for artists. Born and raised near Philadelphia, Helen headed west for her education. She travels widely to write, research, make art in public, participate in the founding of artist-run organizations and work in nonprofit and municipal cultural programs. Her practice is based in Los Angeles. More info at lessick.net.

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Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch! 

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. 

Parking: October - April the parking rate is $5 after 5pm for Beach=Culture attendees at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. Display your receipt on your dash. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 3pm in the winter, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

Have questions about Writer in Residence Helen Lessick: Placemaking, Community and Art Activism? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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