June 21 –  June 25, 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
North Figueroa Street Corridor
Highland Park 90042

more info here


Friday Night Lecture Series

In conjunction with our Words Uncaged Exhibit

April 21st, 2017, 7:30pm – 10pm

Sister Inmate: What does it mean to have a loved one in prison?



Poetry Reading – 4/22

Hosted by Suzanne Lummis, 2017 ISLA Poet in Residence

Please join The Institute for the Study of Los Angeles (ISLA) as we celebrate the culmination of a six week series of workshops with the 2017 ISLA Poet in Residence, Suzanne Lummis. Members of Occidental College and the community attended these intensive workshops to learn more about the craft of poetry from the past and present.

April 22, 2017
3 – 5pm


Featured poets include:Angelina Coppola
Art Currim
Peggy Dobreer
Alan Freeman
Elline Lipkin
Laura L. Longoria
Julie Macias
Ariadne Makridakis
Ebram Naftzger
Luis Ordaz
Emma Robitaille
Hovsep Van Hanovnikian
FREE and open to the public, we look forward to seeing you there to support emerging and established poets in Los Angeles! Join us to celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month.

Sponsored by: the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Oxy Arts, the Arts & Urban Experience Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
For more information please contact us at isla@oxy.edu 323-259-1350
Artwork by Rufino Tamayo- Coyote 1950

Art as Resistance:

Paintings in Protest to a Trump Presidency

Curated by Eric Almanza
Executive Orders, Alternative Facts, Muslim Bans and Border Walls. Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric, ICE Raids, Cuts to the EPA, NEA and PBS. Enough! In response to the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, Avenue 50 Studios presents a group exhibition displaying the raw power of Art to convey dissent and resistance. Art as Resistance brings to focus the artistic reactions of 17 artists living and working in the era of Trump. Rich with voices from the oppressed, these paintings serve as a visual protest to Trump and everything his administration stands for.
Opening Reception is May 13th, 2017 from 7:00-10:00PM
May 13 – June 3, 2017
Saul Aguilera
Eric Almanza
Karla Diaz
Francisco Franco
CiCi Segura Gonzalez
Cynthia Lujan
Gaby Maldonado
Katie Phillips
Christian Ramirez
Raquel Rojas
Alex Schaefer
Hector Silva
Timothy Robert Smith
Sergio Teran
Ray Vargas
Wendel Wiggins
Peter Woods



Credit: Felicia Montes

Animating the Archives: The Woman’s Building

A Metabolic Studio Special Project in Archiving

Opening Reception is May 13th, 2017 from 7:00-10:00PM

May 13 – June 3, 2017




SOUL Together is a collective response to the lack of exhibit space for people of color in Los Angeles. While suffocating under the extreme weight and sheer abundance of white artistry, artists of color have been creating dynamic and engaging work that disposes of stereotypes and decimates gatekeepers and the boxes they reside in. SOUL Together hopes to address these issues by providing a safe and professional gallery space for artists of color to build within and around.

All are welcome. Enter with respect.

On the Menu:


Billy Burgos – A graphic designer/illustrator/poet originally from Belize, Central America. Billy grew up in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles where he still resides. He is an active member of The Anansi Writer’s Workshop and a mainstay in the local L.A. poetry scene.

Sara Borjas – A Fresno poet. Her interests include space and time, memory, aromatics, cocktails as poems, tiny prints and oldiez. She currently lectures in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside and lives in Los Angeles.

F Douglas Brown – The 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three (Georgia, 2014). He holds a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, and is a Cave Canem and a Kundiman fellow. He teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

Live Music:

Bizzart – sound art hiphip to put it simply. Born and raised in The City of Angels, the futuristic hispanic rapper continues to push limits in the underground music scene.

Blackbirdone- a.k.a. Niggy Pop, was born Gershwin Hutchinson. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he was a member of the psychedelic hip-hop group Darkleaf (along with others including legendary producer Cut Chemist). Embracing the intersection of punk and hip hop, Gersh is equally on point on the mic or in the mosh pit.

AnA Saldana – A Los Angeles native. She is a singer/songwriter, producer, and activist for immigrant rights and Mother Earth. Ana believes music is our soul’s revolution and hopes to keep her culture and roots alive through song. She has affectionately coined Neo Soul Ranchera.

Earth Arrow – A Los Angeles Afro-cuban hip hop-based band focusing on reviving ancient african and indigenous rhythms and dance .Earth Arrow is a reflection of the fire that burns in the hearts of all who live in colonized lands across the world. A pioneer of indigenous blues sounds, they set out to defy expectations and explore new realms of emotional intensity while incorporating modern hip hop and jazz sabor.

Art Exhibit:

Donovan Vim Crony – Artist/Director
Lp Ǽkili Ross – Artist/Designer


Art Code Collective – Art Code Collective showcases artwork by established and emerging artists who push the envelope of socially conscious art. ACC strives to uplift, empower and expose artists of color, while raising awareness about important social issues facing the world.

Love Donation $5 | 21+

We would like to thank Avenue 50 Studio for providing a platform for artists of color.