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Unlocking Sacred Spaces

August 29 @ 8:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm

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Join us,curator and artivista Marlené Nansi Lopez, and select artists on Friday, September 1st @ 6:00 PM for the opening of the interactive exhibition

UNLOCKING SACRED SPACES-The Public Art Movement in MacArthur Park.

Featuring “The Grieving Sun Mural” Marlené Nansi Lopez’s capstone for her year as Activist-in-residence at UCLA, UNLOCKING SACRED SPACES brings artists together with local organizations and community members to imagine and design powerful public art installations that promote healing, culture, and spatial justice for the future of MacArthur Park.

The exhibition fills the Goethe-Institut project space with interactive art pieces and offers art-making workshops and art happenings where artists unite to create interactive public art installations. Thes pieces demonstrate the power of “Functional Community Art” to shed light upon the unseen, fight gentrification, decolonize, and to create radical connections. Together, the installations call upon the creation of permanent Public Art spaces that can be activated by various organizations, Activists and Artists, for ceremony, and programming in Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities. The exhibition will also introduce the next evolution of the Grieving Sun Mural, the “Enchula LA-Culturama Project” in partnership with UCLA’s cityLAB.

While on view at the Goethe-Institut, additional programming will include story-art circles, documentary screenings, discussions, and art happenings. In the spirit of the “Aesthetics of the Oppressed”, the exhibition serves as a launching point to begin legal and political negotiations for the permanent installation of the art pieces in MacArthur Park.

Admission is free with RSVP. Light refreshments provided



7:00 PM – Welcoming by Marlené Nansi Lopez + Introduction of the participating arti sts Abraham Aragundi, Maria Ramirez, Patricia Yossen, and Community organizations: HOLA, CHIRLA, The Next Futurama Project, and Inner City Arts, followed by an introduction of the artworks and the concept of the exhibition.

7:20 PM – Film presentation of the project

7:30 PM – Story-Art Circle with Marlené

8:00 PM – Local Artists concert

9:00 PM – End of event

The exhibition can be viewed during events and at the following times:

During Office Hours: September 1st – October
Tuesdays–Thursdays: 10:00 am –
Fridays: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Public transport is possible with the red line to MacArthur Park/Westlake stop. Using carpool or ride-share options are appreciated.

FREE PARKING is available at Metro/Retail parking structure located at

676 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057

UNLOCKING SACRED SPACES is curated by artivista Marlené Nansi Lopez and presented as part of the Neighborhood Interpretive Center, a hyperlocal initiative of cultural programs that focus on and uplift the MacArthur Park/Westlake neighborhood and surrounding areas.

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Goethe-Institut Los Angeles