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Dreaming of Food Sovereignty in LA with Metzli Projects, Toypurina Youth Arts & Action


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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The third fireside chat of Layers in the Land: Stories of Food Across Centuries, a three-part series presented by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council about the layered history of food, development, and cultural transformation embodied at this park site, weaves together the layers in the land across many centuries with eyes to the future. Artist Joel Garcia, founder of Meztli Projects, an indigenous-based arts and culture group, collaborates with Tongva musician Kelly Caballero and students in the Toypurina Youth Arts & Action program to share their dreams for food sovereignty and food justice for all Angelenos. Toypurina (1760–1799) was a medicine woman of the Tongva nation (also known as the Gabrieliño-Kizh because of their association with the Spanish mission San Gabriel). Toypurina is famous for her opposition of the colonial rule by Spanish missionaries in California—she was part of the planned 1785 rebellion against the mission San Gabriel, in which she recruited six of the eight villages that revolted. Keeping this mind this revolutionary spirit, how can we create healthy food access and sustainable food growing that repair colonial histories and account for indigenous futures in LA? Youth shares music and art projects that respond to this question. The event includes a food sampling and performances. Capacity is limited; RSVP preferred, space given on a first-come, first-served basis.

You are invited to bring your own pillows blankets and chairs for this outdoor event around a fire. Please dress in layers as we are outside the whole time.

Spanish language translation will be provided.

Joel Garcia (Huichol) is an indigenous artist, arts administrator, and cultural organizer with over 20 years of experience working transnationally with artists and organizations across the Americas with a focus on indigenous perspectives. Joel was born and raised in occupied Tongva lands and uses art, design, and organizing as a vehicle to carry forth issues facing indigenous communities and inner-city youth. Joel is a fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute, a partnership between the Pa’i Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, Alternate ROOTs, and the First Peoples Fund. Lastly he is an inaugural fellow for Monument Lab, a national fellowship focused on the intersection of public space, decolonial practices, and cultural memory.

Kelly Caballero (Tongva) is a California-based actress, bead artist, traditional basket weaver, and singer-songwriter who uses her urban-indigenous upbringing to inspire songs and stories of life, love, and resistance. Kelly’s Tongva and Yaqui cultural background allows for a unique and fresh perspective that results in a natural and soulful sound. She performs in cities across Southern California and often lends her voice and time to speak for and support indigenous communities and their work to preserve sacred cultural sites. 

Kimberly Robertson (Mvskoke) is an artivist, scholar, teacher (CSULA), and mother who works diligently to employ Native feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in her hustle to fulfill the dreams of her ancestors and to build a world in which her daughters can thrive. She was born in Bakersfield, California, and currently lives on unceded Tongva lands. Informed by indigenous feminisms, Kimberly's creative practices (which currently include screen printing, collage, beadwork, installation art, and zine-making) address the settler-colonial and heteropatriarchal violences that plague indigenous communities and operationalize the decolonial worlds in which many of us desire to live. Her work centers the ideas and practices of ceremony, storytelling, intersecting subjectivities, dislocation, decolonization, and indigenous futurities.

Meztli Projects is an indigenous-based arts & culture collaborative centering indigeneity into the creative practice of Los Angeles by using arts-based strategies to advocate for, organize, and highlight native artists and issues that impact youth of color.


Parking within the park is accessed off N Spring St. Please consider taking public transit, carpooling, or ridesharing when possible. 


RSVP is preferred. Please present a digital or printed ticket upon arrival.


All parks are ADA accessible. Should you require additional information regarding ADA access or special consideration please contact Dyson & Womack at


All artworks are outside! Please dress appropriately, bring shade or sunscreen, a bottle of water, and comfortable shoes. 

The CURRENT:LA Triennial HUB is located at the LA State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Street, LA 90012. Information about all triennial sites can be found there or at the CURRENT:LA FOOD website

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When & Where

Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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CURRENT:LA FOOD presents new, temporary public art projects by 15 national and international artists and teams of artists who have taken on the global issue of food to highlight and encourage the discussion of topics such as: eliminating food deserts, supporting urban agriculture, improving food distribution systems, and strengthening food equity.

Commissioning art installations, performances, and events in public parks, CURRENT:LA FOOD aims to engage visitors in discussions about topics and issues that affect Los Angeles residents as well as the broader global community through the context of art and artmaking.

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