A Space To Create: Art Share LA Offers Resources To The Local Community

Downtown L.A.’s Arts District sprung from the rows of industrial buildings that had dominated the area at the turn of the century. As time moved on the buildings were used as spaces for artists to work and live in the area. Today the landscape is changing to include a new wave of residents. Rent prices have risen, and some buildings and spaces have been renovated to meet the demand of non-artists who are flocking to the area, but one can still see a thriving arts community in that location. Art Share Los Angeles is one of the pieces of the arts community that continue to keep the area alive and flourishing.

Art Share L.A. began in 1997 after it renovated a two-story textile recycling factory from the 1920’s into 30 affordable live/work lofts on its top floor and a theater, art gallery, studios, classrooms, and administrative space on its bottom floor. Once an after-school arts center, Art Share L.A. reopened its doors a couple of years ago as a program to support local artists. International street artist, INSA, transformed the outside of their building by adding the iconic colorful façade that stands today and helped make the building into a downtown landmark.

Today Art Share L.A. continues to provide education and resources to artists. They also put on art shows such as the one currently on display until September 2nd. Read more

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Art Exhibition Review: Beyond The Streets

Swift designs involving geometric patterns and shapes blended together to make bold statements, tell stories, and to display works of art in public spaces. Graffiti writing has a long, and often misunderstood, history. People associate the word with lowered property values and delinquent activity. However, the assumptions about graffiti art have evolved over time to recognize the style as an art form.

The Los Angeles exhibition, Beyond The Streets, aims to showcase a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography, and various installations that celebrate the journey that graffiti art movement has taken throughout the more than 40,000 square feet of industrial indoor and outdoor space. Read more

Singer-Songwriter and ‘The 26 LGBTQ’ Creator Camille Ora-Nicole Seamlessly Blends Talents

Camille Ora-Nicole is a southern California-based singer-songwriter who has been writing creatively since the age of six. She creates songs that she loves and that is true to herself and finds the space to seamlessly blend her love for music with her love of crafting pieces of art and graphic design. When she is not creating music or making art, Camille works on managing a digital publication called The 26 LGBTQ that celebrates queer intersectionality and creativity. Read more

What Was The Arts District of Los Angeles And What’s To Come

There’s a neighborhood on the eastern edge of Downtown Los Angeles. It’s boundaries stretch from Alameda Street on the west, which blends into Little Tokyo, First Street on the north, the Los Angeles River to the east, and Violet Street on the south. It was a gritty area that has given new life to old industrial buildings whose history dates back to the early 20th century. Art galleries have opened in the area that was once just factories and over time the area has come to be known as LA’s Arts District. But have you ever wondered how or why Los Angeles’ Arts District came to be? Read more

Not So Artful Productions’ Grosse Misconduct Offers Refreshing Take On LGBTQ Representation

Meet The Cast of Grosse MisconductPublished on The 26 LGBTQ.

20Gayteen has seen a stream of content in mainstream media with LGBTQ representation. The characters and content have been rich, strong characters, but not every piece of content with representation has done what the digital series, Grosse Misconduct, has done.

Grosse Misconduct follows a group of characters working in human resources who end up navigating personal and professional struggles in their everyday lives under the leadership of their high-maintenance director, Mitch Grosse, played by actor Colby Ryan. The group of characters just so happens to feature LGBTQ leads. Read more

Kittenhead Uses The Power Of Rock To Spark Social Change

There’s something deeper behind the rock and roll lyrics of California-based indie band, Kittenhead, than a passion for music and self-expression. There lies a sense of responsibility to use the platform of the musical stage to be advocates for the disenfranchised and a voice in the movement for more social justice. Read more