Join the Arts Council for Long Beach, Carole Frances Lung and Nicolassa Galvez in an Open Conversations about socially engaged art. We are interested in exploring ways Long Beach artists work within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. Lung and Galvez have prepared a networking activity from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and participants will have the opportunity to discover ways to engage with community through art. At 6 p.m. the program begins and each artist will talk about their work in a PechaKucha-style presentation with 20 slides, 20 seconds each.

The conversation takes place on Wednesday, May 31 (5:30–6 p.m. networking, 6–7 p.m. program) at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage (5021 E. Anaheim St.).

Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

Carole Frances Lung

Carole Frances Lung is a soft guerilla activist, artist and academic living in Long Beach, CA. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Carole utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism, research and spirited crafting of one-of-a-kind garment production performances investigating the human cost of mass production and consumption, addressing issues of value and time, through the thoroughly hand-made construction and salvaging of garments.

Nicolassa Galvez

I am a 38-year-old, mexican and white, passionate, sensitive, childless, educated, beautiful American woman. I wear these labels with confidence and with self-doubt. The term Chingona, which translates to badass woman has been the label that really sums up how I have moved through the last few years.

Suggested Reading List:

Activists Who Yearn for Art That Transforms: Parallels in the Black Arts and Feminist Art Movements in the United States
Author(s): Lisa Gail Collins
Source: Signs, Vol. 31, No. 3, New Feminist Theories of Visual Culture (Spring 2006), pp.717-752
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
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Review: Art, Activism, and Feminisms: Sites of Confrontation and Change
Reviewed Work(s): Art and Feminism by Peggy Phelan and Helena Reckitt; Decoys andDisruptions: Selected Writings, 1975-2001 by Martha Rosler; Feminism-Art-Theory: AnAnthology 1968-2000 by Hilary Robinson; The Interventionists: Users’ Manual for theCreative Disruption of Everyday Life by Nato Thompson and Gregory Sholette
Review by: Julie Cole
Source: NWSA Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1, Feminist Activist Art (Spring, 2007), pp. 175-180
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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A Brief Introduction to Temporary Services
Author(s): Nato Thompson
Source: Art on Paper, Vol. 12, No. 1 (September/October 2007), pp. 56-63
Published by: Art in Print Review
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Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life
Author: Nato Thompson

“It can change as we go along”: Social Practice in the Academy and the Community
Author(s): Harrell Fletcher, Sandy Sampson, Eric Steen, Amy Steel, Cyrus Smith, AvalonKalin, Laurel Kurtz, Katy Asher and Varinthorn Christopher
Source: Art Journal, Vol. 67, No. 4 (WINTER 2008), pp. 92-112
Published by: College Art Association
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Place, Position, Power, Politics
Author: Martha Rosler
Source: The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility, pp. 55-76
Published by: Routledge

The readymade metabolized: Fluxus in life
Source: RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, No. 63/64, Wet/Dry (spring/autumn 2013), pp.190-200
Published by: {ucpress)
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Seeing Power Activism Twenty first Century
Author: Nato Thompson

Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth
Author: Tara J. Yosso
Source: Race Ethnicity and Education, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2005, pp. 69-91
Published by: Routledge
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