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! 

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/

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 🙂

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

dwb newsletter #2, July 2020: Doodles w/o Borders + Skid Row Arts: Aug-Sept 2020

Mariana V performs at an Arts Jam, doodling away borders left and right

1) Arts Jam and June/July BIRTHDAYS
2) Intense Love for an Intense Neighborhood
3) ARTS in Skid Row neighborhood
4) Arts East Coast to West Coast

Intense Love for an Intense Neighborhood
In May 2020, a prolific Skid Row artist Mariana V (aka Blackie) who I’ve known since 2008 passed away. We will miss her so very much. Mariana was a regular at the Arts Jam and did not shy away from sharing her feelings. One way to celebrate Mariana’s life, to learn from her, and to carry a bit of her legacy is by channeling Mariana sharing her intense love for “intense” Skid Row in this clip. She speaks with neighborliness that destroys oppression and dismantles colonialism for breakfast. Rest in Power. […]

To read the rest of dwb newsletter #2 go to: https://mailchi.mp/72c1081ac098/dwbskid-row-arts-augsept2020