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CALL FOR ARTISTS:The We Shall Not Be Moved Project

by Center For The Study of Political Graphics Tuesday, May. 07, 2002 at 5:22 AM
(323) 732-9961, ext. >204 "We Shall Not Be Moved" Project, c/o SAJE, 2636 Kenwood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Nowhere are gentrification issues more sharply drawn and contested than in the Figueroa Corridor of Los Angeles, where some of the richest investors in the world are planning to develop a "Sports and Entertainment Corridor" through the City s poorest neighborhoods. Three Los Angeles community organizations -- Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), the Centerfor the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), and Self-Help Graphics and Art (SHG) -- are joining forces to challenge gentrification in this community through the We Shall Not Be Moved Project.


The We Shall Not Be Moved Project:

Posters, Gentrification, and Resistance in the Figueroa Corridor

As major developers have rediscovered America s inner cities, poor and

working class people are increasingly pushed out of their neighborhoods by

demolitions and rising rents. This process, commonly known as

>"gentrification," is being met with resistance from the grassroots

>community, including cultural workers. Around the country and the world,

>this resistance has been chronicled in poster art.


>Nowhere are gentrification issues more sharply drawn and contested than in

>the Figueroa Corridor of Los Angeles, where some of the richest investors

>in the world are planning to develop a "Sports and Entertainment Corridor"

>through the City s poorest neighborhoods. Three Los Angeles community

>organizations -- Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), the Center

>for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), and Self-Help Graphics and Art

>(SHG) -- are joining forces to challenge gentrification in this community

>through the We Shall Not Be Moved Project. We are looking for six artists

>from Southern California to create new poster images that reflect

>gentrification in the Figueroa Corridor and the community s determination

>to stay in their neighborhoods.



> * Artists must be available to meet with residents and members of the

>Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice at a series of poster

>exhibitions, anti-gentrification and printmaking workshops on June 15, June

>23, October 12-13, 2002, and additional times to be determined.

> * Artists must be available every day for one week (5 days) between

>July 9 August 16, 2002.

> * No experience in printmaking necessary we are looking for artists

>from a wide range of mediums (graffiti, paint, graphic design).

> * Background in art for social movements preferred.



>Artists will have the opportunity to create meaningful art that will have a

>powerful impact on the Figueroa Corridor community and all who pass through

>it. In addition:

> * Artists will receive training in making high-quality silkscreen

>prints at Self-Help Graphics, a nationally acclaimed visual arts

>institution serving the Chicano community of Los Angeles.

> * Artists new work will be posted in public places throughout the

>Figueroa Corridor, included in an exhibition curated by Center for the

>Study of Political Graphics, (the largest collection of political posters

>in the country), and will be published in a catalog that will be

>distributed nationally.

> * Selected artists will receive a 0 honorarium.

> * Artists will receive a portfolio of each of the other prints and a

>1/3 of their edition.


> * Please submit cover letter (including your background as an artist,

>your interest in the project, and anything else you think we should know

>about you), resume, and 6-10 slides or photographs of original artwork by

>Tuesday, May 28, 2002. Photographs must be 3 x 5 or larger and may also be

>submitted on disk.

> * Send application to "We Shall Not Be Moved" Project, c/o SAJE, 2636

>Kenwood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

> * For more information, call Denise Duffield at (323) 732-9961, ext.

>204. Applicants will be notified on June 5, 2002.

>The We Shall Not Be Moved project is funded through the PACT (Partnerships

>Assisting Community Transformation) program of the Rockefeller Foundation.


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