Violence Girl and the Past, Present and Future of Queer/Punk Rage
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
It was a teen dream come true being on a panel with Alice Bag. She's my friend who happens to be a punk rock legend. We inspire each other. She wanted to go to Jumbo's Clown Room. Alice always says the right things to me. Alice interviewed me last year and it appears here:
Fronteras Alternativas event University of Southern California
Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles Tour Downtown Los Angeles, Arts District
Isabel Rojas-Williams invited me to speak to a group of mural tourists in from Laguna Beach about 'Resurrect,' the new Noni Olabisi mural. I spoke about being a Getty and County arts intern in 2000 and 2001 and learning about Los Angeles murals around East and South Los Angeles and coming across Noni's incredible Black Panther murals (titled: To Protect and To Serve, located at Jefferson Park.11th Ave. and Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90018). When it came time to choose an artist to work on SEED: A Weird Act of Faith, my colleague, Ann-Sophie Morrissette and I felt that Noni was the artist for us! Noni's Resurrect piece reflects the sovereignty many in South LA are enacting when it comes to food and healthy choices. It also reminds me of The Rose that Grew from Concrete - by Tupac Shakur.
'Creative Seeds' Talk with Noni Olabisi, Alma Lopez & Yreina Cervantez
Chuco's Justice Center, Inglewood
This was a round-table conversation discussing the artist's role in community and the mutual transformations that take place during encounters between artist and community. It was another dream come true to be in dialogue with these giants of Los Angeles contemporary muralism. I have been so inspired in my own social practice by these genius artists.
Keynote Speech, Women's Studies Graduation
“Being Open to
I was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Women's Studies Graduates at UC Riverside. Some of the cast from Cornerstone Theater Company’s Café Vida (a collaboration with Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Café) joined me for the celebration. Read the text