dwb newsletter #11: 13th Skid Row Artist Festival + dwb hours, Oct-Nov’22

Image above: Doodles without borders in Yerevan, Armenia

Good evening dear neighbors, artists, collaborators, community partners, supporters of arts in Skid Row and of doodles without borders.

UPCOMING
THIS SATURDAY and SUNDAY, October 29 and 30, 12-4pm – 13th ANNUAL FESTIVAL FOR ALL SKID ROW ARTISTS 
organized by LA Poverty Department in collaboration with multiple community orgs in LA’s Skid Row Neighborhood’s General Jeff Memorial (formerly Gladys) Park, 808 E. 6th Street (corner of 6th and Gladys).
This event is FREE and open to the public, good music, workshops, performances, and a good time are guaranteed! doodles without borders will also be there!


STUDIO 526 Transition 2.0 
A lot of you know that I had returned to the Studio for a few months part-time to help onboard new leadership. I’m very happy to say, Studio 526 now has two (already not so) new staff: Alice, the Arts Program Manager, and Josh, the Arts Program Specialist. 
I’m no longer at Studio 526, as of July 14th, but you can find me at Doodles Without Borders (or doodles beyond borders, as Silkiie calls it), and by emailing info@doodleswithoutborders.com .
On July 12th the new Arts Program Manager, staff, and artists threw me an amazing little almost-surprise goodbye party, and it was such an incredible, wonderful experience! Thank you all so so much!
For Studio 526 related questions please email Alice at ACorona@thepeopleconcern.org or Josh at Joshua.Castro@thepeopleconcern.org .

P.S. Special SHOUT OUT to Maestro, King, Sir Oliver! 8+ years of pure joy and love through music and collaboration, reggae, roots reggae DJ, a gift of global connections to LA and amazing example of the rich Black African Diaspora from London to Kingston, from New York to Skid Row and beyond! Thank you for everything!

P.P.S. Been back from Armenia for less than 24 hours, and looking forward to catch up with everyone, and get in the groove of amazing creativity and thrilling collective work here in LA and Skid Row with the Festival starting this weekend!

Quote of the month:
“No amount of moral admonishment or “indirect pressure” will guarantee that our demands are met, in the absence of our own organizational presence on the ground. Only by struggling ourselves can we convince our allies of our attachment to the revolution, to the land, and to our national rights. And only by struggling ourselves will we have the chance to impose our demands, in the face of all reactionary opposition.” 
– Monte Melkonian, freedom fighter in the Armenian liberation struggle

Read the rest of dwb newsletter #11 here.

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dwb newsletter #12: Holiday events Skid Row + Support artwork storage, Dec’22

Image: Doodles without Borders table at Festival for All Skid Row Artists, Oct 2022

Good morning dear neighbors, artists, collaborators, community partners, co-conspirators, supporters of arts in Skid Row and of doodles without borders,

Another revolution, around the sun. The year is getting close to its end. Our collective work, struggle, celebration– all in one–continues! In this issue:
Upcoming Neighborhood Events for Dec 2022 and
– 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.

Why support storage of Skid Row artist work?
A critical pillar of neighborhood strength is all its creative and cultural expressions. Community entrenched artwork storage is one of the structures and tools that encourage, preserve, remember, and pass on these expressions.  And adequate and equitable accessibility of an artwork storage is an inseparable part of the fundamental human right and collective responsibility of accessibility to arts and culture, essential to both individual and collective arts and cultural work everywhere.Community Arts Depot starts to address this vital need, currently storing some of the individual as well as collaborative visual work created in Skid Row from early 2000s and to present day.
Please join us in supporting this effort by donating to or spreading the word about their campaign!

Community Arts Depot just switched to a new platform called Givebutter. To donate to the campaign click HERE!


Quote of the month:
“…it is necessary to revise what we mean by success or failure as far as revolutions are concerned. …Revolutions are learning curves.”
– Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Syrian political writer and former leftist detainee 

Read the rest of dwb newsletter #12 here.

dwb newsletter #10: 7th Annual JID, doodles tabling, Studio526 transition, Aug’22

Good evening dear neighbors, artists, collaborators, community partners, supporters of arts in Skid Row and of doodles without borders.

UPCOMING
THIS SATURDAY, August 6th, 12-5pm – 7nd Annual JID – Jamaican Independence Day Celebration in LA organized by one and only Sir Oliver in DTLA’s Spring Street Park (428 S Spring St, 90013)part of the larger Skid Row neighborhood’s area of collaborative support.
This event is FREE and open to the public, good food, good music, good people, and a good time are guaranteed! 
**VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you are interested to volunteer at the festival, reply to this email and i’ll connect you!**


STUDIO 526 Transition 2.0 
A lot of you know that I had returned to the Studio for a few months part-time to help onboard new leadership. I’m very happy to say, Studio 526 now has two (already not so) new staff: Alice, the Arts Program Manager, and Josh, the Arts Program Specialist. 
I’m no longer at Studio 526, as of July 14th, but you can find me at Doodles Without Borders (or doodles beyond borders, as Silkiie calls it), and by emailing info@doodleswithoutborders.com .
On July 12th the new Arts Program Manager, staff, and artists threw me an amazing little almost-surprise goodbye party, and it was such an incredible, wonderful experience! Thank you all so so much!
For Studio 526 related questions please email Alice at ACorona@thepeopleconcern.org or Josh at Joshua.Castro@thepeopleconcern.org .

Quote of the month:
“Sovereignty is as much about artistic and physical connections to Ancestral homelands as it is about ideas of nationhood or boundaries on a map.” 
– Nanibaa Beck and Teresa Montoya, Dine/Navajo

Read the rest of dwb newsletter #10 here.

dwb newsletter #9: Walk the Talk, doodles tabling, SkidRow Communarts May-June’22

Good evening dear neighbors, artists, collaborators, community partners, supporters of arts in Skid Row and of doodles without borders.

Events and Activities
THIS SATURDAY, May 21st, 2-6pm –  2nd Annual Kite Festival @ LA State Historic Park (North side of Chinatown, at 1505 N Spring St, 90012). RSVP is suggested but this event is FREE and open to the public. Doodles Without Borders will be tabling, too ;). Come say hi! 

THIS SUNDAY, May 22nd, 2-5pm – COME TOGETHER organized by Los Angeles Poverty Department as a pre-Walk The Talk parade event @ Inner City Arts (720 Kohler St, 90021). Come hear from 7 community members doing inspiring work in Skid Row!

WALK THE TALK PARADE AND PERFORMANCES
Next Saturday, May 28th, 12-4pm. A parade and performances, festive, loud, musical. Paying tribute to neighborhood initiatives and the people whose contributions to the community call for a big, blaring celebration!
Starting at 250 S Broadway and winding its way to General Jeff/ Gladys Park. More details at https://www.lapovertydept.org/projects/walk-the-talk/ 
One-of-a-kind event only once every two years. Come one, come all!

THIS MOMENT
RIP to all the Buffalo victims of the genocidal violence that is white supremacist settler colonial mindset that is a cornerstone of this country we live in. May we root in collective abolitionist work, local work that is rooted in global, transnational connections, may we “mourn the dead, and fight like hell for the living” (Mother Jones). As an immigrant from Armenia, South West Asia, the borderlands between global North and South, and interested in working class led liberation, I look to the diverse Black, Brown, and Indigenous led leftist movements on this continent, on this Turtle Island. Because “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing” (Malcolm X).

Quote of the month:
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

Read the rest of dwb newsletter #9 here.

dwb newsletter #8: Bob Marley this SUNDAY + Skid Row Communarts April/May’22

Greetings!
Good morning dear neighbors, artists, collaborators, community partners, supporters of arts in Skid Row and of doodles without borders,
The heading, Reclaiming Our Power, was the theme of 22nd Annual Skid Row Black History Month-and-every-month celebration, and the banner was created during doodles without borders tabling sessions in January/February of this year. Many thanks to Eiko, Silkiie, Sir Oliver, Pedro, Hayk, Gary and many others adding to the piece!

Events and Activities
THIS SUNDAY, March 27th, 12-5pm –  7TH ANNUAL Bob Marley Day @ General Jeff /Gladys Park. Good music, good food, good people! An incredible line-up of artists.
Come one, come all!  

Quote of the month:
The result of being colonized is the internalization of the need to remain invisible. The colonizers erase you, not easily, but with shame and brutality. Eventually you want to stay that way. Being [an artist] is getting up there and writing yourself into everyone’s blackboard.” – Lee Maracle, Indigenous writer, traditional teacher, Sto:lo Nation 

Read the rest of dwb newsletter #8 here.

dwb newsletter #7: Studio526, dwb + Skid Row Community Events: Jan/Feb’22

How are you doing?
Good morning dear neighbors, artists, collaborators, community partners, supporters of arts in Skid Row and of doodles without borders,
This week, Skid Row Neighborhood exhibit (go  to link and scroll down about midway to “Recognizing Skid Row as a Neighborhood”) at the LA Art Show at the LA Convention Center. An active community member and artist, Tom Grode, has put together this exhibit as a project of Skid Row History Museum and Archive! 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
–     February 26, 2022: 21st Annual Skid Row Neighborhood’s annual Black History Month Celebration, organizing led by UCEPP, in collaboration with multiple community partners. Follow Gladys Park Skid Row page on facebook for more information, when it becomes available!
–     May 28, 2022: Biennial Walk the Talk Parade, organized by Los Angeles Poverty Department, in collaboration with multiple partners.

FUNDRAISER to continue supporting Community Arts Depot
Please consider supporting this awesome new group, Community Arts Depot, which has formed a couple of months ago, with a focus on providing much needed artwork storage, with initial goal to focus on Studio 526 artists who wish to store work with the Depot, plus support storage of a Skid Row artwork collection going back to 1999-2000. Here’s what the main storage unit looked like as work started coming in. 🙂
Please support at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-sustain-community-arts-depot

To read the rest of dwb newsletter #7 go to: https://mailchi.mp/27d355977ce6/happyholidays-dwb-liberation2021-10709938

dwb newsletter #6: Skid Row Artist Fest Oct’21 + Support Art Storage + dwb

Today I write to you from the Shahumyan village in the Lori region of Armenia, and in the spirit of thinking beyond borders, I’d like to tell you about two projects in Skid Row, and ways to stay in the loop! 

First,
12th ANNUAL FESTIVAL FOR ALL SKID ROW ARTISTS
HALF WAY BACK – ONE DAY ONLY!
Saturday, October 16th, 12-5pm
Location: Gladys Park (6th/Gladys, Skid Row neighborhood, Los Angeles, CA)
A day packed with music, performances, and visual arts!
On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lapovertydepartment/posts/3150310605196991
More info about the event: https://www.lapovertydept.org/projects/festival/

Second,
FUNDRAISER for Community Arts Depot
Please consider supporting this awesome new group, Community Arts Depot, which has formed a couple of months ago, with a focus on providing much needed artwork storage, with initial goal to focus on Studio 526 artists who wish to store work with the Depot, plus support storage of a Skid Row artwork collection going back to 1999-2000. Here’s what the main storage unit looked like as work started coming in. 🙂
Please support at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-sustain-community-arts-depot

To read the rest of dwb newsletter #6 go to: https://mailchi.mp/9f7f083b7346/happyholidays-dwb-liberation2021-10528350

dwb newsletter #5: doodles table IN-PERSON + some Skid Row Commun/Arts Aug’21

It’s been a long time! I’m sorry. Unable to spend “proper” time to compose a newsletter, to make sure to include events and actions and activities, doodleswithoutborders went without a newsletter since Dec 2020-Jan 2021, I think. So this email by no means attempts to include everything, just scratches the surface. 
Meanwhile, in person activities and events–especially outdoors–are returning!
Studio 526 even rolled out an August 2021 Community Arts Calendar 🙂

DWB ARTS TABLE
And over the last couple of months doodles without borders (dwb) started for the first time showing up with a low-key anti-capitalist arts table at Gladys Park (Arts Table birthday = June 24th, 2021!)

We are currently slowly working on…

To read the rest of dwb newsletter #5 go to: https://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=0668b0742daee528604f31cdb&id=0a0d968666

dwb newsletter #4, December 2020: Happy Holidays from dwb

Happy Holidays and a liberation-minded 2021 from Doodles Without Borders!
Today, December 27th is Kujichagulia, the second day of Kwanzaa. The principle for this day calls for Self-Determination: to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

From Solstice to Christmas and Kwanzaa and everything in between, we wish you–and all of us–love, joy, self-determination and togetherness in the new year! See you in 2021!

Message from Studio 526:
Happy Holidays and HAPPY BIRTHDAY (link to Studio 526 facebook post) to all the December Babies! The studio is on a short break, and will return on Monday, January 4th.

To read the rest of dwb newsletter #4 go to: https://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=0668b0742daee528604f31cdb&id=0a0d968666

dwb newsletter #3, October 2020: SkidRowArts + DoodlesWithoutBorders

Image: “#SkidRowConnected” collaboration (fragment) from Festival fro All Skid Row Artists, with doodles without borders overlay

Indigenous People’s Day
– 11th Annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists
– August/September/October Birthdays
– Arts and Community in Skid Row: online and in-person
– Vote and Organize Locally: BLM LA recommendations
– Liberation Globally: Standing with Armenia and Artsakh

On this Indigenous People’s Day marked in many parts of North American continent today, let us stand together with Indigenous people across the continent who ask for “Lands Back!” (as seen on a writing board behind Charles Sepulveda, who was discussing this demand during last week’s UCLA Institute on Inequality and Democracy‘s Abolition on Stolen Lands event). And let us allow our imaginations take us to what it means to align with this demand in our own work, and for ourselves as human beings, for our collective liberation.

In Skid Row neighborhood, where the bullshit of capitalism, racism, imperialism, and settler colonialism of our entire country is both reflected, and conquered every day by humanity, survival know-how, and collective work of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), poor, and other oppressed folks every day; in Skid Row there are always a bunch of arts and cultural activities coming up. […]

To read the rest of dwb newsletter #3 go to: https://mailchi.mp/c19aa42a635d/skidrowarts-doodleswithoutborders-october-2020