2020 – 2021
Sara Daleiden facilitates civic engagement within developing landscapes, exercising arts and cultural exchange strategies. With bases in Los Angeles and Milwaukee through her initiative MKE<->LAX, she encourages local cultures to value neighborhoods, public space, civic art, entrepreneurship and racial and gender equity. Sara has an expertise in working with artists and other cultural entrepreneurs for civic engagement, creative placemaking, network development and small business development.
As part of her artist project for 18th Street Arts Center’s Commons Lab: Place and Public Life, Sara Daleiden facilitated a series of dialogues and projects with artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center. Online conversations with 18th Street’s artist community called “Creative Roundtables” from 2020 to 2021 materialized into Recovery Justice: Being Well, a collage of self-organized artist projects addressing wellbeing during a pandemic, on view online and at 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Campus from March 8 to July 16, 2021.
As a neighborhood, artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center’s Olympic and Airport Campuses created a sense of belonging by embracing the arts’ potential in nurturing civic engagement. By prioritizing equity, community needs, and poetics, participating artists produced creative experiences that encouraged connection through dialogue and creative action, activating the potential of human will.
If you are considering neighborhood development using the arts or want to know more about the process from the perspective of artists and cultural workers, check out the resources below:
- Being Well: 18th Street Arts Center Development Model Concept, created by Sara Daleiden and her collaborator Kimberli Meyer
- “Being Well”, written by Sue Bell Yank, Sara Daleiden, and Kimberli Meyer
- “Getting Back to What Once and Never Was”, written by Dan S Wang
- Exhibition: Recovery Justice: Being Well
- Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture