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SPArt Announce Newest Grantee: Sara Daleiden

October 31, 2017

Civic Art Works is produced in relationship to Sara Daleiden’s work as an art and public engagement consultant with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC) Civic Art Program since 2013. The project is part of LACAC’s Open Space Creative Graffiti Abatement Program and involves working with two parks and two libraries in four different neighborhoods in South Los Angeles County. Civic Art Works includes a civic program series based in screening the feature documentary Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles, a collaboration with Sara, director Mark Escribano, video editor Andrew Swant and LACAC. The screenings will includes a meal and discussion based in cultural exchange with the artists and other cultural leaders involved at the public spaces. Screenings will occur at the public spaces featured in the documentary as well as other art and cultural venues in Los Angeles in 2018, with schedule to be announced. Civic Art Works also involves meetings with County staff and politicians, and other Los Angeles cultural leaders, using the documentary as a tool to discuss long-term art and public engagement strategies for each of the public spaces and the County overall. This effort in tends to explore the County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative and the recommendation within it to develop dedicated artist-in-residence programs in parks and libraries. Based in the LACAC Civic Art Program, the project explores how social and physical production can work in alignment with art in public spaces as a creative way of encouraging civic engagement with a government agency.

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