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[GRANTS] Reaction/Response/Reality: The Arts in Los Angeles in 2017

LA County Arts Commission: Grants & Professional Development

Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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We’re six months in…
How has your work changed since January 20, 2017?

After work, unwind and get inspired!


The LA County Arts Commission invites you to join your fellow artists, arts administrators, and arts advocates for an informal evening of experiences and ideas. Hear four different creative minds –artist, curator, educator, and social justice hacker – reflect on what’s been inspiring them, fueling them, and keeping them up at night.


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CAMILO CRUZ is the Director of the Community Justice Initiative (CJI) within the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. CJI includes a neighborhood-focused array of restorative justice and diversionary programs seeking to address the root causes of criminal behavior and achieve incarceration reduction. Before joining the City Attorney, he served as the Community Relations Officer of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Camilo Cruz received his Masters in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University and holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from California State University, Long Beach.


RAVEN HARDISON is an architect, urbanist, activist and avid hiker who moved to Los Angeles three years ago after completing her graduate degree at Yale University School of Architecture. Working as a designer for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, she’s come to know and love the city though the lens of various projects throughout the Greater Los Angeles region. In her work, she strives to enhance everyday experience for building inhabitants through architecture. As a leader in digital practices in architecture, she also focuses on how digital integration can improve the field. Raven is also a food security activist as a founding member of FoodOasis.LA.


LINDA KOMAROFF has served as LACMA’s curator of Islamic art since 1995. Her exhibitions at LACMA include The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2003); A Tale of Two Persian Carpets (2009); and Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts (2011). The latter was the first major exhibition on Islamic art organized by an American institution to travel to the Middle East, to the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (2012). Among her contemporary exhibitions at LACMA are: Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, Part 1 (2015) and Part 2 (2016), and ‘Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause (2017). She is the author or editor of several books and exhibition catalogues, and has written numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of Islamic art.


ALYESHA WISE is a published Poet, Teaching Artist, Creator and TEDx Speaker who has taken her craft from her hometown of Camden, NJ to London. She wrote her first poem at the age of 11 and has not stopped creating since. In addition to being an artist, she is an advocate of human rights, strongly believing that a focus on proper knowledge, love and self-awareness is the healing force to all that exists. Alyesha's first book of poetry, Carnival, is now available.


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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (The Brown Auditorium)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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LA County Arts Commission: Grants & Professional Development

The LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources. Its Organizational Grant Program awards $4.5 million to 380 Los Angeles County based arts organizations each year. This funding provides support to ensure arts organizations continue to offer cultural services to the diverse population that comprises Los Angeles County. Grantees can also take advantage of scholarships for courses and workshops relating to the organizations needs.

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