Art and struggle in Boyle Heights

The rising cost of gallery space elsewhere has created the migration of an art scene into Boyle Heights. While some may view this expansion as a positive development for the community, others believe it’s part of trends making Boyle Heights more unequal. A mobile art exhibit called Ambularte was erected as a kind of protest to neighborhood gentrification, and a challenge to […]

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‘Projections’ of art community in North Shore

At “Projections,” a community event showcasing Eastern Coachella Valley artists, images and video were projected onto old buildings, creating a show of light and color that repurposed the decaying buildings in North Shore community. “The abandoned buildings located along Highway 111 came up again and again… they contribute to outsiders’ negative perceptions of North Shore.” More on Coachella Unincorporated.

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Filipino youth program brings out families, celebrates culture

A seven-week summer program called Sama Sama culminated in a live show celebrating Filipino culture through art, including dance, music, poetry and multimedia. Participants and audiences said the program fills a gap for Filipino youth in Long Beach. “They don’t really teach Filipino culture in Cabrillo High School. The things we learn in Sama Sama makes us proud to be Filipino.” Find out […]

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Local artists beautify Beachwood

Thirty-two artists from a local collective came to beautify a flea market and the buildings surrounding it, which had been targets for vandals. In an effort to curb property damage, organizers chose the location for a mural project — serving the dual purpose of bringing art to the community and creating a visual atmosphere that they hope will discourage unwanted graffiti. See the art on We’Ced.

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The new staple of Long Beach hip-hop

Vince Staples is a rapper whose career includes working with the Los Angeles collective Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt, and Syd tha Kid. His debut album showed his seriousness as a rapper, and tells stories of the neighborhood he grew up in. “North Long Beach is portrayed in the album as a troubled place with little to celebrate… With his lyrics Staples sees North Long […]

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Anna Deavere Smith takes on the school-to-prison pipeline

Systems set up for the public good create victims of the very people they are supposed to help — this phenomenon is a driving force for Anna Deavere Smith, the playwright and actress who translates interviews with Americans into stage performances to personify large themes.  With “Notes from the field: Doing time in education,” Smith is taking up what has been […]

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