LAAM International Urban Art Festival
The L.A. ART MACHINE, in partnership with FIND Art Magazine, and STROKE Urban Art Fair (Munich & Berlin), is proud to announce the first annual LAAM International Urban Art Festival (Festival) to take place over the July 4th weekend 2011.
The & Festival pays homage to L.A.’s status as a street art capital while presenting exciting programming for Angelenos and out-of-town visitors alike. The event includes a juried exhibition stemming from the competition, a curated exhibition, an opening gala, an awards ceremony, live art painting, outdoor installations, music, food, public murals throughout Los Angeles, performances, demonstrations, art tours, classes, panel discussions, and other forms of creative urban expression and discourse. Proceeds from this event benefit Sister Cities Los Angeles.
All Artists Invited to Participate!! Submit your work and be part of a global art phenomenon. Get out of the alleys, your studio, and your room. Show your artwork to the world!
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Steve Grody, Celebrated Graffiti Documentarian and Author of Graffiti L.A.
Bryson Strauss, Director of L.A. ART MACHINE
Elizabeth Morin, Director of Youth Arts & Education, City of Los Angeles
Justin Bua, Urban painter, writer, performance artist
Shirlae Cheng, Curator of the Pasadena Museum of California Art
Daneva Dansby, Independent Curator and Writer
Marco Schwalbe, Founder of STROKE Urban Art Fair, Munich and Curator of Intoxicated Demons, Berlin
Mear One, L.A. Street Artist
Los Angeles will ignite next summer with two major exhibitions on street art: MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” and Pasadena Museum of California Art’s “Street Cred.” The Festival are designed to harness that energy and excitement while creating a central venue and nexus of activity for international street art and urban culture in Los Angeles.
- Curated exhibition
- Juried exhibition
- City-wide mural program “Vox Humana” (already initiated)
- Festival (host venue)
- Large-scale, live-art murals painted on-site during the festival by international, national, and local artists on temporary walls
- Youth education programming
- Gala opening and fundraiser for host venue and Sister Cities Los Angeles
- Family, day-time events, sunset DJ and evening music
- Food vendors
- Merchandise vendors
- City-wide gallery exhibitions and related programming
- Bus tours originating from and to the Host Venue to Vox Humana murals and participating sites around the city
- Inaugural awards ceremony
- Film Series
- Fixed gear bicycle rally
An important component of the Festival is the Vox Humana program. Organized by the L.A ART MACHINE and curated by Bryson Strauss, Vox Humana is a program of carefully selected live art happenings and mural installations in the U.S. and abroad by celebrated street artists and muralists from around the world.
Founded in January 2010 and based in L.A., Vox Humana has quickly become a premier public art program with major installations in the U.S., Switzerland, and Germany by artists such as Mear One, Retna, El Mac, Kofie, Akut, Hera, Case and Chor Boogie.
Under this program and working closely with the city of L.A., handpicked artists from around the world are invited to create new murals throughout Los Angeles leading up to and during the Festival.
This initiative has evolved over many years out of strategic partnerships with local and international organizations, institutions, and artists. Partnership organizations include: Sister Cities Los Angeles - the Pasadena Museum of California Art - STROKE Urban Art Fair (Munich & Berlin) FIND Art Magazine (Costa Mesa, CA) - Mid-City Arts (Los Angeles) - Fleury Art (Basel, Switzerland) - Miracle Mile Art Walk(Los Angeles) - 33third (Los Angeles) - Goethe Institut (Los Angeles) - VOLTA Art Fair (Basel, Switzerland). Key artists include: Mear One (Los Angeles), Retna (Los Angeles), El Mac (Phoenix), Augustine Kofie (Los Angeles), Chor Boogie (San Francisco), Sainer (Lodz, Poland), Herakut (Frankfurt & Erfurt, Germany), Axis (Los Angeles), Tasso (Berlin), Case (Frankfurt), Claudio Ethos (Brazil), Robert Poch (Poland), Morten Andersen (Denmark) and many others.
SCHOLARSHIP AND EXPERTISE
Key figures involved in the Festival include: Steve Grody, Celebrated Graffiti Documentarian and Author of Graffiti L.A. - Bryson Strauss, Director of L.A. ART MACHINE - Elizabeth Morin, Director of Youth Arts & Education, City of Los Angeles - Kamilla Blanche, Director of Sister Cities L.A. and Senior Deputy of Arts & Culture for Councilman Tom LaBonge - Neight Adamson, Publisher of FIND Art Magazine - Justin Bua, Urban painter, writer, performance artist - Shirlae Cheng, Curator of the Pasadena Museum of California Art - Daneva Dansby, Independent Curator and Writer - Marco Schwalbe, Founder of STROKE Urban Art Fair, Munich and Curator of Intoxicated Demons, Berlin - Mear One, L.A. Street Artist ...and others.
While the civic plaza has long held a place as the heart of the city, the beating pulse ofthe streets is more often than not undervalued as a trajectory of passage rather than a focal point in its own right. This inaugural Festival brings this oversight into the spotlighT — celebrating the many forms of artwork inspired, created and envisioned on the urban landscape. Graffiti art’s enduring nature is born out by the archives of history, from the caves of Lascaux to the spas of Pompeii to the walls of galleries and museums worldwide. The Festival, in collaboration with artists, organizations and institutions worldwide, aims to link this global phenomenon together, celebrating the artistic contributions of the streets and its creators while embracing the public, which is both its subject and its audience. L.A International Street Art Competition and Urban Arts Festival invites all artists creating around the planet and across the varied forms of street art to participate in this important commemorative event in art history.
The Festival targets all ages, income levels, nationalities, and ethnicities with an event that provides for family involvement, arts and cultural education, and community outreach. The event aims to offer all Angelenos a rich and entertaining arts and cultural experience while also creating a major attraction for national and international travelers.
Due to the strategic partnership of the L.A. ART MACHINE, FIND Art Magazine, and STROKE Urban Art Fair, and the important relationships with Sister Cities, the Goethe Institut and other cultural organizations, the global outreach for the Festival is immense. All of these organizations are heavily entrenched in the international art scenes and are recognized brands around the world. Combined with local partnerships with the city and other arts organizations, the synergetic potential is fantastic. Join us for this important and exciting event.
The Festival are managed by the L.A. ART MACHINE team, with Bryson Strauss, Director and Daneva Dansby, Associate Director.
The L.A. Art Machine (LAAM) is an online publication and arts organization based in Los Angeles but with an eye on a global art phenomenon. The LAAM covers the most relevant and current happenings in the art world, organizes events, curates exhibitions, and advocates for a continuing and vital art community on all levels.