Two projects right now are taking art outside of the Center’s walls and into the community (both close by and further away)!
Our student artists are in a show at LA City Hall’s Bridge Gallery. These projects have been created over the past 2 months as part of the NEA’s The Big Read at the Center. They are featured along with other artists from LA area high schools, community centers, and libraries from all over the city who have also read The Thief and The Dogs! The mini-exhibition features five artists from our center’s classes: Brenda Guzman, Cecilia Miranda Brito, Thomasina Curry, Davonna Johnson, and a poster collaboration between Jordan Johnson and DeGenae Spencer. Projects completed at The William Grant Still Arts Center include handmade dolls made from recycled materials and posters.
Another activity that has popped up outside the Center features a chrome and red custom bicycle with a hot griddle on the back! What is this? It’s the starting point of the work of artist Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, a graduate student in Otis College of Art and Design’s Public Practice program. What’s cooking? Arepas, from the artist’s native Colombia, are being traded in exchange for stories from anyone who would like to share. Silvia is especially interested in stories about translations and miscommunications. This project is called “Talk Is Cheap: Unincorporated Language Laboratories”. This project started in March and will be here through April 20th on Mondays and Saturdays. Come by to trade a story and eat an arepa! You can also catch up with Silvia at some of our recent community meetings, where she has been helping to make sure that Spanish language speakers are part of the discussion by offering one-on-one translation.