“Being Well” is what we seek together as neighbors, and recalls one of the central guiding principles of the City of Santa Monica, the notion of “wellbeing” as key to civic health. Recovery Justice: Being Well, aims to highlight the recent circumstances that have evolved during the pandemic (racial justice demonstrations and destruction, as well as social discontent and general disconnection) into a series of self-organized artist projects that merges the exterior and interior public spaces of City of Santa Monica property. 18th Street Airport Campus at Santa Monica Municipal Airport will be the site where artists reimagine the city and beyond in the midst of complex social unrest globally. Recovery Justice will recuperate through various means the digital and physical footprints left in a city that struggles to reclaim the seemingly peaceful environment it once had. Artists will develop a palette for making and sharing artworks responding to the street experience in safe, healing and expressive modes. This porous series is a point of departure to reconcile and redefine the concept of justice.
Public appointments to visit the galleries will open March 29, and will end July 2, 2021. Appointments are available Monday – Friday at 10am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Please visit https://yearofwondersredux.eventbrite.com to sign up for an appointment.
The exhibition is open by appointment only. Each time slot can accommodate groups of up to six individuals. All visitors are expected to check in at the front door, wear masks, and maintain a distance of 6 feet at all times from others who are not part of the same family group. Please do not come if you have any symptoms of illness.
This collage of self-organized artist projects was organized around the common theme of Recovery Justice, facilitated as part of Sara Daleiden’s artist project and ongoing conversations nurtured through a series of online conversations with 18th Street’s artist community called “Creative Roundtables” over the past 8 months. These projects will manifest in outdoor presentations on the side of the building; sculptural, photographic, painting and video work in the galleries; and a series of online and drive-in events in Spring of 2021. The artists’ presentations will also be represented online and via a 360 tour for virtual viewing.
Participating artists include: Sara Daleiden, Nicola Goode, Susie McKay Krieser, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, M Susan Broussard, Lionel Popkin, Yrneh Gabon Brown, Lola del Fresno, Debra Disman, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Gregg Chadwick, Luciana Abait, Deborah Lynn Irmas, Rebecca Youssef, and Dan S. Wang.
WE RISE PROJECTS: THIS MAY
For the We Rise series of projects related to Recovery Justice: Being Well, 18th Street Arts Center will produce a series of artist-led workshops and civic engagement projects addressing mental health for youth and for families in Spanish and English.
WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
Artists Debra Disman, Carmela Morales, and Elana Mann will teach a series of Arts Learning Lab @ Home virtual workshops in May for families focused on finding wellbeing through creative growth and self-compassion. Artist Dan S. Wang will organize a roundtable discussion in May entitled Together in Contradiction: Asian American Unity Now to examine AAPI culture work and solidarity politics in an age of rising xenophobia, gentrification, and political contradiction. Marcus Kuiland-Nazario will create a pop-up performance space called Isolation Station at the Santa Monica Airport in which he will work with collaborators to stream a series of performances exploring the effects of isolation on mental health during the pandemic; and will interview artists, children, and community members to collect their pandemic experiences in their own words.
WELLBEING MAIL ART CAMPAIGN
Artists (Sabine Pearlman, M Susan Broussard, Deborah Lynn Irmas, Gregg Chadwick, and Melinda Smith Altshuler) will create original prints and works of art with messages of wellbeing and self-compassion that will be mailed out to over 300 healthcare professionals and frontline workers in our community for our Wellbeing Mail Art Campaign. Rebecca Youssef will create a “Feel Good” artist’s ‘zine, and Nicola Goode will produce a collage poster of Black Lives Matter spontaneous protest art that will be distributed to Santa Monica and West Side neighborhoods. Sign up here by April 30th to receive your free mail art in the month of May!
LIST OF EVENTS (more tbd):
ARTS LEARNING LAB @ HOME: CREATIVE SELF-COMPASSION
This May, we are thrilled to present three new Arts Learning Lab @ Home art-making workshops for families all around wellbeing and self-compassion. May is Mental Health Awareness month, and taking time for creativity together with loved ones is a key part of self-care in these uncertain times. We are partnering with WE RISE LA (https://werise.la/) to bring these moments for creative growth to you, centered around the theme of wellbeing as we navigate coming out of a pandemic and transitioning to new routines together.
We will be providing ALL@HOME Art Kits with materials for each workshop that will be available for pick up from 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, for those that live in the LA Metro area, but all materials will also be easily found at home or at a local supply store. More information on Art Kit pick-up will be provided once you register for a workshop. Supplies are limited and are first come, first serve. All of the virtual workshops will be presented on Zoom, and interpretation will be provided in both English and Spanish.
May 8, 2021 at 11 AM-12:30 PM [Virtual: Zoom]
Flores de Papel | Carmela Morales
Learn the delicate and mindful craft of traditional paper flower-making.
Explore the Mexican craft tradition of paper flowers with artisan Carmela Morales. This workshop will introduce participants to the eco friendly practice of using recyclable materials and traditional art skills to create beautiful flowers that can be gifted to your favorite person or to decorate your home. Learn how you can take care of your mental health through this meditative task and make new friendships along the way! Concerned by all the plastic waste found in the environment, Carmela wants to revive the traditional practice of using recyclable paper to create decor. As you take care of self, you’ll be taking care of your environment through this cultural practice.
May 15, 2021 at 11 AM- 12:30 PM [Virtual: Zoom] Bookmaking with Self-Compassion | Debra Disman
Join 18th Street Arts Center artist in residence, Debra Disman and discover how to create the beautiful, fun and versatile Flower Fold book into which you can write or paste wishes, hopes, prayers and dreams, make into a chain to hang in your home, or give as a gift. Explore what the pandemic has meant to you while learning new skills and creating a unique expression of renewal and rebirth during the spring season.
May 22, 2021 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM [Virtual: Zoom]
Let Suffering Speak | Elana Mann
Create your own sound sculpture for healing self-expression.
Join artist Elana Mann in letting our voices and bodies rumble, clatter, and blast. Participants will learn how to make musical instruments and megaphones using simple household materials. The workshop will culminate in group sound-making.
Together in Contradiction: Asian American Unity Now
A Roundtable Discussion [Virtual: Zoom]
Thursday, May 20th | 5 PM – 6 PM
Together in Contradiction: Asian American Unity Now is a roundtable discussion on culture work and solidarity politics in an age of rising xenophobia, gentrification, and political contradiction. Facilitated by local artist in residence Dan S. Wang, this conversation will feature artist Carol Zou and other organizers to be determined.
More Info Link: https://18thstreet.org/event/together-in-contradiction/
The artist projects as part of Recovery Justice: Being Well is generously supported by the City of Santa Monica’s Art of Recovery program, with additional support from Los Angeles County’s WE RISE LA program. Sara Daleiden’s residency and facilitation work on these projects is generously supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Bailiwik is also a supporting partner on this exhibition.
About We Rise LA
WE RISE Community Pop-Ups take place across all Los Angeles County neighborhoods, in partnership with over fifty community groups, healers, grassroots leaders, artists, and other LA County Departments such as Parks, Libraries, and Metro to celebrate the remarkable resources and communities of LA County and use arts-based strategies for healing and wellbeing. For more information, please visit werise.la.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Sara Daleiden is a Los Angeles-based artist who facilitates civic engagement within developing landscapes, exercising arts and cultural exchange strategies. She encourages local cultures to value neighborhoods, public space, civic art, land 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.
Her project at 18th Street Arts Center grows out of the placekeeping work that 18th Street has been engaged in over the past six years through our cultural asset mapping project (culturemapping90404.org) and the Commons Lab, which involves community voices to define, center, and connect cultural practices within their own neighborhoods. Her practice investigates the influence of location, scale, market, values and other regional factors on the production of the arts and cultural identity. Through methodologies involving partnership mapping, network building, and the facilitation of self-organizing and advocacy, Sara aims to enhance the advocacy power of artists in influencing neighborhood development in the city. Her durational engagement with 18th Street will spin off land-based activations with opportunities for neighbors, artists, city staff, and the broader public to participate. Sara has been collaborating with arts workers Nicola Goode, Susannah Laramee Kidd, Dorit Cypis and Kimberli Meyer for this artist project.
Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles
Through her work at 18th Street and with the City of Santa Monica, Daleiden will be facilitating discussions around the role of public art in the city, catalyzed by her prior work in collaboration with Los Angeles County called Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles. Civic Art highlights the vital, complicated, and often misunderstood efforts behind artwork made with and for the public. The documentary will be used as a conversation piece for exploring public art, both temporary and permanent, where physical and social production are woven together. Discussion around these ideas will connect to current activities with Art of Recovery as a temporary public art initiative, as well as 18th Street’s history and current intentions along these lines.
The documentary has been made available for public viewing below, and sets context for many of the processes and working methods that have inspired the production of Recovery Justice: Being Well.