First Responder Tales #1 : a tale of values, vigilance, and vivacity highlighted the work of the LA Poverty Department, TeAda Productions, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters as examples of the kind of work that cultural first responders do in varying ways. Some establish brick and mortar theaters in a community and develop artistic works and events with the intent of being an incubator and amplifier to a community an, often ignored and dismissed, community voice. Some develop and create work with that same intent by immersion and traveling to specific communities in their geographic location. Others still develop community nationwide, through social networking, in order to combat the feeling that community arts is done in a vacuum.
First Responder Tales #2 : tales from the trenches provided the opportunity for practitioners to share the nuts and bolts of how cultural organizations continue to persevere despite the perception that participation and education in the arts lacks sustainable investment value and continual cuts to governmental arts funding. Jesus Reyes (Program Manager, Community Partnerships for Center Theatre Group and Creative Artistic Director, East LA Rep), Jenna Delgado (PhD Candidate, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Program), and Pierson Blaetz (Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Greenway Arts Alliance) spoke on the various ways their organizations have dealt with these challenges.
First Responder Tales #3 : how to tell the tale took the next step and focused on growth and expansion through self empowerment as an arts organization in a funding drought. Guest speakers Terence McFarland, Charles Jensen, and Christina Pacheco, presented ways to continue to address community concerns by engaging in self-advocacy: to community politicians and business owners, to other organizations through partnerships, and through connecting with advocates and advocacy organizations.
This last symposium, First Responder Tales #4 : our legacy, our future will provide a forum for cultural first responder Elders who have dedicated the bulk of their lives to arts as a means for social good and social change - Lynn Manning, Nobuko Miyamoto, Randy Reinholz, and Rubén Amavizca-Murúa – and an Emerging Artists of their choice who has been influenced and inspired by the work of the Elder – Donald Jolly, June Kaeswith, Elizabeth Frances and Robert Vestal, and Alex Angeles – to share about the work that they have created together, and the very tangible impact that the work of cultural first responders have across generations.
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First Responder Tales #4 : our legacy, our future
Saturday, January 24
at 10:00am - 1:00pm
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
1238 W 1st St
Los Angeles, California 90026