dwb newsletter #14: Celebrating Black Diaspora in Skid Row + Communarts Feb’23

Image: #SkidRowConnected banner by Doodles without Borders, 2021

Kind light /Բարի լույս*to you, dear neighbors, artists, collaborators, community partners, co-conspirators, supporters of arts in Skid Row and of doodles without borders,

*the “good morning” greeting in Armenian literally translates as “kind light”

February. How to celebrate Black History Month in this country whose main, best oiled operational systems will devour and appropriate anything that threatens capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, settler colonialism, and its global imperialist insatiability? As an immigrant and not being Black, one way for me is to co-celebrate Black freedom fighters, Black liberation movements, Black cultural heritage past and present, the global reach of Black diasporas, and to find ways to align with the love, collaboration, and communal work that disassemble the aforementioned operational systems.
Happy Valen… collective liberation day!

UPCOMING in and near SKID ROW, Feb/March 2023
Some neighborhood events, celebrations, and parties to join
1) Friday, Feb 17th, 7pm – MOVIE NIGHT “After Skid Row” @ Skid Row History Museum and Archive (250 S. Broadway); Movie Nights are every 1st and 3rd Friday of the months 
2) ***Saturday, Feb 18, 10am-3pm – 23rd Annual Skid Row Neighborhood Black History Celebration: 23 AND WE – CELEBRATING HERITAGE OR THE BLACK DIASPORA @ San Julian Park***
Organized by UCEPP together with LA Rec and Parks and multiple community partners.
Doodles without Borders will be there with a table 🙂
3) Saturday, Feb 18, 5-7pm – exhibit opening of Cosmology and Community: Networks of Liberation @ Skid Row History Museum (250 S. Broadway). Curated by Charles Porter
4) Friday, Feb 24th, 5-7:30pm – OPEN MIC with Hayk (+ bdays and milestones) @ Skid Row History Museum (250 S. Broadway) – every last Friday of the month

Thursday, March 16, 10:30-12pm, Creative Writing / Writers’ Workshop for Skid Row writers, first monthly meeting hosted by Ivy @ Skid Row History Museum and Archive (250 S. Broadway), coordinated by Doodles without Borders.  If you are interested, please reply to let us know.

doodles without borders (dwb)
dwb “How dare you!” community arts table at General Jeff ( formerly Gladys) Park, Thursdays, 3-4:30pm. 
At doodles without borders art is the glue to collectively strengthen community, make local, diasporan, and global connections, and disassemble white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism and patriarchy. 

1) Doodles without Borders (dwb) is now on Instagram and Facebook.
Online presence is not dwb’s strong suit, so please have low expectations 🙂
2) There is also now a monthly dwb Skid Row Community & Arts Calendar. I’ll be adding events I see, and if you do community strengthening work in Skid Row and know of an event/meeting that should be on there, please share. 

SUPPORT Community Arts Depot
A shameless plug asking for your support of Community Arts Depot, a sister project addressing the vital need for artwork storage and access focused on Skid Row neighborhood members and residents.

Quote of the month:
“Ancestral voices sing songs reaching through time and space
Healers that fight, teach, and laugh in battle.
Soldiers, survivors, sages.
Conjuring worlds of wonder
Reclaiming roles of power
Restoring broken bonds
The wholeness of We.”
– from  the upcoming “Cosmology and Community: Networks of Liberation” exhibit by Charles Porter

You can see full dwb newsletter #14 here.