Highways Performance Space
Organization In Residence
18th Street Arts
Highways Performance Space is Southern California’s boldest center for new performance. Since its founding, Highways continues to be an important alternative cultural center in Los Angeles that encourages fierce new artists from diverse communities to develop and present innovative works.
Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms. Our mission is implemented through four programs (the performance space, workshop/lab program and two galleries). Annually, we co-present approximately 250 performances by solo dramatic artists, small theater groups, dance companies and spoken word artists; we curate and exhibit approximately 12 contemporary visual art exhibits per year with work that explores the boundaries between performing and visual art forms; we commission and premiere new work by outstanding performing artists; organize special events, curate festival,s offer residency and educational programs that engage community members in the arts while providing access to professionally-directed instruction.
Highways Performance Lab
The Highways Performance Lab builds on the Highways mission to cultivate art that expands the frontiers of aesthetic traditions and plays a vital role in creating more evolved social worlds. It serves a diverse range of student/participants, from performance artists, choreographers, directors, writers and composers (both experienced and novice), as well as communities and constituents in crisis.
The Lab fosters a belief in the importance of studying with working g artists who embody the experimental vanguards of their fields. Those teaching artists are encouraged to simultaneously deepen their practice as they expand it, reveal it, and share it with others. Through workshops, showings and discussions, the University cultivates new work, new leadership and dialogue between communities that overlap and converge at Highways.
Highways Gallery & Gallery2
Highways Gallery co-partners with Los Angeles area curators to present work that is thought provoking and addresses community issues. We also offer a mentorship program designed to give emerging artists and curators the opportunity to produce their own exhibition in Highways Gallery2. Under the guidance of Highways’ resident curator, they are guided through the process from refining the initial idea, contacting artists to writing press releases, marketing strategies and organizing an opening night reception.