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Left to right: Anna Telcs, Helen Leung, Tanya Aguiñiga, Elana Mann, Sherry Hoffman and Summer Vaughn

In honor of Women's History Month and the pioneering work of Beach House architect Julia Morgan, Beach=Culture presents an annual discussion on women in public practice. This year we welcome artists Tanya Aguiñiga and Elana Mann, garment designer Anna Telcs, architect Summer Vaughn and urban planner Helen Leung in a conversation about “Women Breaking Down Walls – in art, design, and society.” Moderator is Sherry Hoffman, instructor at Otis and ArtCenter Colleges and co-founder of March design studio.

Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists' group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. This approach has helped Museums and non-profits in the United States and Mexico diversify their audiences by connecting marginalized communities through collaboration. Aguiñiga is a United States Artists Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts, a NALAC and Creative Capital 2016 Grant Awardee. She has been the subject of a cover article for American Craft Magazine and has been featured in PBS's Craft in America Series. Aguiñiga is the founder and director of AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), an ongoing series of artist interventions and commuter collaborations that address bi-national transition and identity in the US/Mexico border regions. AMBOS seeks to create a greater sense of interconnectedness while simultaneously documenting the border.

Sherry Hoffman (moderator) is the Founder and Brand Strategist at March Studio, which creates branded architecture with purpose. With an understanding of architecture as a potent brand element, Sherry and her team inspire creative collaborations and visionary ideas that add value to architecture, brands and communities. Sherry is a faculty member at Art Center College of Design and teaches in the Humanities & Sciences and Designmatters social innovation departments. Hoffman has an MBA in marketing and international business from New York University.

Helen Leung is co-Executive Director of design LA Más, a non-profit urban design organization that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. A Los Angeles native raised in the Frogtown neighborhood by a working class, first generation Chinese family, she deeply identifies with the rich diversity that makes Los Angeles unique. With mentorship from local leaders, Helen became the first person in her family to go to college. Leung joined LA-Más because to minimize displacement pressures that come with gentrification, and has extensive policy and community-based experience from work with former Los Angeles City Council President and current Mayor Eric Garcetti. Her national policy and program experience includes her work as Program Associate at Living Cities, fellowship at the Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and internship at the Office of Political Affairs at the White House under President Obama’s administration. Helen serves on the Los Angeles East Area Planning Commission, the Community Advisory Board of Genesis LA, and the Board of the Elysian Valley Arts Collective. She holds a master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Elana Mann creates artwork that brings a greater consciousness to the listening and speaking we practice in everyday life. She has presented her work in museums, galleries, city parks and buses in the U.S and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; The Ford Foundation, New York; The Los Angeles Metro Buses through Freewaves; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro; The Getty Villa, Los Angeles; REDCAT, Los Angeles, and the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China. Mann is a recipient of grants from the California Community Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2013 she was the Amy Marie Sears Memorial Visiting Artist at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She has produced six publications, four of which are in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. Her projects have been covered by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, NPR, O Globo, El Pais, La Reuppublica and X-Tra Magazine, among others. In addition to her individual studio artwork, Mann curates, collaborates, organizes, and writes. She is the co-founder, with artist Robby Herbst, of the curatorial project Chats About Change. Since 2005 she has collaborated with artist Audrey Chan as the duo Chan & Mann. Her writing has been published in the book In the Canyon, Revise the Canon, as well as periodicals including Afterall Journal, Art21, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Mann received her B.F.A. with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. Mann lives in South Pasadena with her husband, designer Jean-Paul Leonard, and their son.

Anna Telcs was born in England, then raised and educated in Seattle--surrounded by both a striking physical landscape and a cultural and economic milieu studied for its strides in technology and sustainability. Anna studied Humanities at Seattle University (BA, 1999), and received a BFA in Industrial Design (2003) at the University of Washington, graduating with honors and the recipient of three scholarship grants. Building a career focused around the intersections of fashion, art, and business, Anna has worked for independent and innovative fashion houses, including Thom Browne and Helmut Lang and London Fog. Concerned with issues developing within the industry, Anna has an ongoing body of artwork entitled The Dowsing which reflects her observations on the dichotomy between the origins of fashion and the sometimes-ephemeral trends created when designers lose touch with our history and humanity. Presenting her art and costuming work in museums and exhibitions worldwide, highlights include showing at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Works and Process Show, The Henry Art Gallery, The Frye Art Museum and The Seattle Art Museum. Two of Anna’s collaborative pieces were accepted to the permanent collection of The Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA). From 2008, Anna has worked as a creative consultant for select clients including Microsoft, Totokaelo and NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) and has spoken internationally about the complexity of fashion’s sociological and environmental impacts. In 2015 Anna went to work in London for NJAL as Agency Head, leading community and institutional projects across the E.U.. Anna is currently stateside, on the west coast, and is creating work inspired by those trying to simplify and invigorate the fashion system.

With a diverse background in design, construction, marketing and business development, architect Summer Vaughn brings a unique level of technical experience to the March Studio team and branded architecture. As Project Architect at March Studio, she communicates the brand and design vision from concept through construction. Summer holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon, where she was awarded the Rosenberg Travelling Fellowship to study sustainably focused urban projects in Germany. She has lived and worked in Santa Monica for 15 years and serves on the City’s Public Art Committee.


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Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.) Cafe closes at 3pm in the off season.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email culture@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: The parking rate Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Accessibility: The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special disability related accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting, access to an amplified sound system, etc.), please contact us at culture@smgov.net, (310) 458-8350 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 days prior to the event.

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

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer and 3pm in the off season, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

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