Los Angeles Artadia Award Winners Announced

Artadia is pleased to announce the Awardees for the 2018 Los Angeles Artadia Awards: EJ Hill and Clarissa Tossin. As the 2018 Los Angeles Artadia Awardees, Hill and Tossin will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds as well as access to the ongoing benefits of the Artadia Awards program. Applications for the Awards were open to any visual artist living in Los Angeles County, for over two years, working in any medium and at any stage of their career. This is Artadia’s fourth year providing unrestricted Awards to artists in Los Angeles. Learn more about Artadia.

A Spotlight on Female Artistry

The National Museum of Women in the Arts’s latest exhibit, Women House, opens to the public on March 9 and runs through May 28, 2018. Women House explores six key themes in accordance with the museum’s mission: Bodyhouse, Body Configuration, Casting the Space, Desperate Housewife, Dollhouse, and Nomad. According to NMWA, “Women House forms a sequel to the famous project Womanhouse, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. The artists and their students at the California Institute of the Arts transformed a dilapidated Hollywood mansion with works that disrupted conventional ideas about the home as a feminine space. It attracted thousands of visitors and national media attention. A landmark exhibition in art history, Womanhouse is the first female-centered art installation to appear in the Western world.” Learn more about National Museum of Women in the Arts.

We Care Outreach Ministries Keeps the Dream Alive

Michael Cummings, founder of We Care Outreach Ministries, recently hosted a group of fifth graders from Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School in Watts for this full day program meant to orient them in the next steps for their education. They first visited the local middle school and high school, where they met with leaders and with administrators.  Following those visits, they toured the UCLA campus, where they learned about UCLA’s campus itself, as well as widespread opportunities in higher education. Over the course of this inspirational program, students were exposed to the steps required to fulfill their dreams to pursue higher education. Learn more about We Care Outreach Ministries.

LA Opera Presents New Production of Orpheus & Eurydice

Derived from the ancient Greek myth, this opera depicts the story of Eurydice’s death and Orpheus’ heroic and tragic attempt to rescue her from the underworld, ruled by Hades. LA Opera’s production is particularly unique, in that it is co-produced by LA Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Hamburg Ballet – some of the most prestigious artistic institutions in the United States. Orpheus & Eurydice runs March 10 through 25 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Learn more about the LA Opera.

Educational Opportunities at PST: LA/LA

A global beacon for radical and ambitious projects, the Getty Foundation spearheaded the innovative artistic collaboration entitled Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, beginning in 2014. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA was a massive, in-depth collaboration between institutions across Southern California, which presented 70 different thematically linked exhibits between September 2017 and January 2018. These 70 exhibits uniquely paid homage to the distinctive impact of Latin American and Latino art, ideas, and culture on the development of Southern California. While the exhibits were predominantly visually artistic in nature, the involvement of institutions such as the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic offered an expansion beyond visual art into music, literature, performance, and cultural cuisine. The topics of such exhibits ranged from the pre-Columbian Americas all the way through space and history to modern day Southern California’s cultural, social, artistic, and political landscape. Learn more about the The Getty.

Supporting Thomas Fire Recovery Efforts

In December 2017, Southern California faced one of this country’s worst wildfires in recent history. Wildfires scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of land and displaced countless families in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

A combined estimated 11 million people live in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, two of the most populous and dense counties in Southern California. Although both areas are unfortunately familiar with annual wildfires instigated by a combination of dry Santa Ana winds and little precipitation, December 2017 proved to be an especially devastating month. On December 4, the Thomas Fire broke out in Ventura County and spread rapidly, scorching more than 270,000 acres over the course of two weeks. Its total damage is yet to be estimated. During the same week, the Creek Fire in Sylmar, the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita, and the Skirball Fire in Bel-Air spread throughout Los Angeles County. Learn more at United Way of Ventura County and Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Designing Their Future at LATTC

Each semester, The Gold Thimble Fashion Show provides graduating fashion students with an opportunity to design clothing, compete with fellow fashion students, and see their work on models walking down a real runway. The winning designers in each of seven categories are awarded the Gold Thimble Award for their creativity and skill.

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GRoW Fellow, Mira Nadon

The School of American Ballet announced that Mira Nadon (pictured above), SAB’s GRoW Fellow in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, was selected as an apprentice by New York City Ballet. She joined the company for the 2017 winter performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the David H. Koch Theater. Learn more about School of American Ballet.

At the V&A: Opera: Passion, Power, Politics

“Opera: Passion, Power and Politics” is a complex, multidisciplinary exhibit that constructs a comprehensive look at a nearly 400 year history of opera, from its conception in the late-Renaissance, through its explosive popularity in the 20th century, to the present day. This long history explores each of the varied components that go into creating operatic works of art. Specifically, it illuminates the layers of opera that go far beyond its musical beauty: from design, to fashion, to societal influence. “Opera: Passion, Power and Politics” opened on September 17, 2017 and runs through February 25, 2018. Learn more about the V&A Museum.