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Pico Block Party: Spring 2017

Campus-wide Festival
April 29, 2017 | 1-5 PM
18th Street Arts Center
Gallery hours: 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Join us to celebrate the cultural treasures of our Pico Neighborhood!

We open up our campus to our neighbors, and will launch Culture Mapping 90404, our community-sourced website of Pico neighborhood cultural treasures with an exhibition, celebration, music, food trucks, and open artist studios.

  • Original Salsa and Latin Music by Flaco
  • Lowriders taking over the 18th Street parking lot
  • Cabeza de Vaca Cultural Dance Performance
  • Rocking Dance Class with the ladies of the Community Corps Zumba Group
  • The Laboratory of Embodied Intelligences, intermittent performances
  • Family Art-Making Workshops with Sherin Guirguis and Nina Waisman
  • The best of Santa Monica Food Trucks
  • Artist Open Studios
  • Kids Corner and Bounce House
  • Family movement workshop with Nina Waisman and Flora Wiegmann, LEI
  • Tabling by Neighborhood Organizations

Free to all – RSVP requested. Register now!



Caption: Photo by Johanna Brown of painting in Pico Youth and Family Center

Program of Events

Laboratory of Embodied Intelligences: Dialogue with the Public

1-2 PM
18th Street Arts Center

Artists, scientists and microbes swapping skills across bodies
What can we learn from our highly successful microbial planet-mates, and can movement help us do that? Featuring Moh El-Naggar, the USC Robert D. Beyer Early Career Chair in Natural Sciences, working at the forefront of bacterial communication; Fathi Karouia, Senior Research Scientist at NASA, working with microbial behaviors on the space station, in our guts and elsewhere; Christina M. Ford, MD, whose practice focuses on Integrative Psychiatry & Wellness; Anuradha Vikram, Artist Director of 18th Street Arts, a writer, curator, educator, whose research focus is transnational futurism; LEI Founder and Artistic Director, Nina Waisman; and LEI Movement Expert Flora Wiegmann.

Art-Making Workshop

2-4 PM
18th Street Arts Center
Main Gallery

In this family-friendly workshop, participants will work with artist Sherin Guirguis and her collaborator Haven Lin-Kirk to create shibori dyed fabric, and discuss materiality, activism, culture, and displacement.

Music by Flaco

2 PM and 3:30 PM
18th Street Arts Center Main Lot

FLACO has been devoted to writing original salsa and Latin music in the studio or on the spot since 2005. Whether on stage or in session, FLACO performs from the heart without question. With band leader Angel Luis Figueroa.

Dance Performances

2:30 – 3:30 PM
18th Street Arts Center Main Lot

The Cabeza de Vaca Cultural Dance School will perform traditional Mexican and Aztec dances, and the Community Corps Zumba group will perform a series of rocking dance moves – everyone is welcome to join in!

Move like a Microbe

3-4 PM 
18th Street Arts Center Main Gallery

Learn about exo-biology while you move your body like a microbe! Join in this participatory, family-friendly workshop with dance-based artist Nina Waisman and her collaborators at the Laboratory for Embodied Intelligence.

Also, watch for pop-up movement experiments throughout the event between 2-5pm by the Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences.

Open Studios

1-5 PM 
18th Street Arts Center, throughout campus

Artists and organizations throughout 18th Street Arts Center will open their doors to the community.

David McDonald
Yvette Gellis
Ichiro Irie
Highways Performance Space and Gallery, presenting recent paintings by Amy Green
Continuum Studio, presenting free movement and meditation workshops
OTIS Public Practice MFA
with Xochi Maberry-Gaulke, Anna Ayeroff, Jessica Fairfax Hirst, Lauren Hall Vasquez, and Celia Rocha

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