Art + Practice and Craft Contemporary co-present 6°, a single-day, virtual symposium bringing together six L.A. non-profit art organizations to address systemic racism in the art world. With the current uprising against police brutality, systemic oppression, and the elevation of the Black Lives Matter movement, arts organizations are also using this moment to discuss how racial inequality affects the internal dynamics of the art world. In holding these conversations publicly and transparently, 6° aims to build collective momentum and support in creating collaborative and systemic change. The six participating institutions include: Art + Practice, Craft Contemporary, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), Materials & Applications, NAVEL, and The Underground Museum.
With a combination of pre-recorded and live events, 6° is a single-day, virtual symposium bringing together six L.A. non-profit art organizations. Through dynamic, individually presented programs from the viewpoint of each institution, we aim to begin a collective and open conversation addressing how to dismantle and identify systemic racial inequalities in the art world. Where can we start?
Founded as a museum in 1973, Craft Contemporary reveals the potential of craft to educate, captivate, provoke, and empower. Craft Contemporary presents dynamic exhibitions of craft media and processes by established and emerging artists and designers who are often underrepresented in larger art institutions. Craft Contemporary cultivates an environment for people in Los Angeles to deepen their relationship to art, creativity, and one another.
Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) and reestablished in 2017 with a new identity and home in Downtown Los Angeles, ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of bold curatorial vision and innovative programming to illuminate the important untold stories and emerging voices in contemporary art and culture. ICA LA’s mission is to support art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other.
LOOKOUT FM Is a new educational FM radio project with a focus on a wide outlook: varied perspectives on the world expressed through documentaries, lectures, music, poetry, and discussion. Partnered with voices from the music community, the arts community, local archives, academic and non-academic communities. LOOKOUT FM offers long-term perspectives on that which lasts: Nature, and the arts.
Materials & Applications (M&A) is a Los Angeles-based non-profit cultural organization dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture. With a focus on architectural ideas and processes, M&A curates critical exhibitions and commissions new work by under-recognized architects, designers, and artists. Since 2003, M&A has produced more than 20 temporary site-specific installations and over 100 programs that are always free and open to the public.
NAVEL is a non-profit cultural organization and multipurpose community space with a central location in downtown Los Angeles. We empower a range of creative projects and practices that ignite our collective imaginaries and expand our capacity to cooperate in holistic, pleasurable, and emergent ways. Through membership, programs, and events, we bring people together and create opportunities to engage and experiment with caring and collaborative ways of thinking, being, organizing, and making.