Some Pics from the December 10th Artist Bailout

The third Artist Bailout took place on December 10, 2011 at Human Resources. All told, we collectively raised over $2,500 and awarded $1,000 grants to the two participants whose presentations received the most votes: Knowledges and the Mobile Pinhole Project. Congratulations! All of the other participants received a $100 prize. 

Thanks to everyone who attended and to all our sponsors and volunteers who helped make this Artist Bailout a success! 

Below is a selection of photos from the evening. You can view more pictures  on our facebook page and picasa



December 10, 2011 Artist Bailout Participants

Slanguage Studio www.slanguagestudio.com

Slanguage Studio is an artist-run space and art collective founded in 2002, operating from a storefront in the industrial/harbor neighborhood of Los Angeles in Wilmington, California. Originally intended to be a studio for poet/artists, Karla Diaz and artist Mario Ybarra Jr., Slanguage Studio became an art project and public space in response to a need for art by the community. Slanguage Studio is dedicated to art, education, art workshops, performances, music, residencies, and curating of events and exhibitions all over the world. The work of Slanguage artists operates as examinations of conflated and excluded social norms, often examining complete environments, identity, neighborhoods, invisible histories and marginalized cultural, street narratives. Slanguage’s most recent projects include “Police and Thieves” at Chicago Hyde Park Art Center (2011), “Landscapes” for MDE 2011 in Medellin, Colombia (2011) “Defiant Chronicles: Women and Graff” at MOLAA (2011) CA, “Possible Worlds” at LACMA (2010-11), “Slanguage” (2009) at ICA Boston; and Engagement Party MOCA Los Angeles (2009).

In accordance to Slanguage’s mission of arts education and mentorship, for the Bailout Project, we’d like to propose that you fund a project for SLANGAIR (Artist in Residency). This is part of Slanguage’s art residency program which annually invites local artists from Los Angeles, from California, including one from Los Angeles, a national artist, and an international artist to make a new piece of work. As part of this residency we have a literacy component that invites poets/organizers/activists to do events that will promote literacy at the studio/community. We have a green residency program that invites artists to also work with the community but also with our Teen Art Council. During their time at Slanguage, each artist builds a body of work to show at the studio’s gallery space and may include teaching a workshop, leading a lecture or panel discussion.

Please visit one of our latest project “Slanguage TV” working with El Paso Texas and Ciudad Juarez to make the first bi-national project since the most recent violent attacks in Mexico.



Mobile Museum of Riverside Chinatown

Part activist architecture, part education station, wit
h a hint of playfulness, the Mobile Museum of Riverside Chinatown is a transportable kiosk that will engage the public about the history of Riverside’s Chinatown and the current political struggle to preserve the historic site. The project aims to share untold stories and document an important piece of Asian American history, and larger US history.

In Riverside, one of the most well preserved archaeology sites containing invaluable artifacts documenting one of the oldest Chinatowns in the country is under attack. Private development is attempting to purchase the site, and the community is organizing.

Partnering with Save Our Chinatown Committee, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we plan to construct a mobile museum that will serve multiple functions. The Mobile Museum will display photographs of artifacts that are in storage at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, hidden from public view. Additionally, it will be a roving information booth that will provide important information about the political campaign to save the site to the community and serve as a mobile volunteer station. It will also be an interactive art workshop station for the community to create their own vision for a public park on the site, NOT a medical building.

The Mobile Museum will be deployed in Los Angeles, Riverside and other locations, to support interactive learning, political awareness, and cultural exchange. It’s portable nature is a comment on the ability to reclaim space for our history, not confined to a brick and mortar structure. We CAN build our own cultural institutions!

Think silkscreened canopy, collapsable modular architecture, community art, and political message—that is the Mobile Museum of Riverside Chinatown.

This will be a collaboration between DreamLA (Melissa Guerrero) and FrameShiftDesign (Theresa Hwang), both LA based art and design studios.

About Save our Chinatown Committee: www.saveourchinatown.org


Actual Size Los Angeles

Guy de Cointet
ACR CIT, 1973
Offset on newspaper
22 x 17 inches

Actual Size Los Angeles is collaboratively run by Lee Foley, Justin John Greene, Samia Mirza and Corrie Siegel. The current Actual Size location at 741 New High Street in Chinatown, Los Angeles opened in April 2010. Actual Size has hosted over 20 exhibitions/ curatorial interventions and worked with over 90 artists. Actual Size collaborates with established and emerging artists to encourage situations that activate the exhibition and engage the public. Projects curated by Actual Size have been profiled in the L.A Times, Mousse Magazine, and Flash Art International.

Take a book, and you will find it offering, opening itself. It is the openness of this book that I find so moving. A book is not shut in by its contours, is not walled up as in a fortress. It asks for nothing better than to exist outside itself, or to let you exist in it.
                                                                    - Georges Poulet, Interiority and Criticism,1970

Print Imprint is a satellite exhibition in partnership with Once Emerging Now Emerging, Cirrus Gallery’s year-long exhibition project in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time. Print Imprint seeks to develop an intimate relationship and conversation between artworks from the 1970’s and 80’s, and current artworks works produced by emerging and mid-career Los Angeles artists. Participating Artists include Ali Bailey, Scott Benzel, Gui de Cointet and Larry Bell, Cayetano Ferrer, Katie Herzog, Laura Owens, Ed Ruscha, and Barbara T. Smith. The artists’ responses to the concept and form of the book will take many physical forms, including prints, paintings, slide projections, musical composition, and custom vitrines and pedestals. Actual Size will produce a limited edition book in conjunction with the exhibition.


Outpost for Contemporary Art

Outpost for Contemporary art has a six-year history of promoting community-based projects with international influence. Through Outpost's residency program, artists from Mexico, Canada, Eastern Europe and South America have operated for extended residency periods from Outpost's Highland Park headquarters and embarked on projects that have engaged the community in a part of the city historically underserved by the region's major cultural institutions. Outpost also serves as an important satellite for members of Los Angeles' vibrant artist community whose practices manifest largely outside the realms of galleries and institutions.

Outpost for Contemporary Art seeks to engage and enrich diverse Los Angeles communities through cross-cultural exchanges and interdisciplinary projects that blur the boundaries between art, social practice, and public life. Programs support the work of innovative, socially-engaged artists who utilize public spaces, temporary venues, and collaborative methods of production to foster intimate contact and genuine connection with their audiences.

Outpost has been connecting people to art and artists through a wide variety of events, exchange programs and residencies since 2004. Alive to the specificity of its location in heterogeneous Northeast Los Angeles, Outpost’s programming actively creates community and intellectual exchange on local and global levels.



Knowledges is an emerging, artist run curatorial organization that seeks to broaden the context of contemporary art production and reception. Our mission is to create dialogue between contemporary art and geographic sites of historic, scientific or cultural influence
by organizing site-specific explorations and events.

Our first major project is an event that will take place at the Mount Wilson Observatory. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, just outside Pasadena, Mount Wilson is an astronomical observatory and site of historic scientific discovery, contemporary research, and sweeping views above Los Angeles. Art and science communities thrive in Los Angeles, but seldom have occasion to converge. We are initiating a dialog by inviting contemporary Los Angeles artists to create and exhibit works in response to the location, history and influence of Mount Wilson. This weekend-long, experimental event, scheduled for June 2012, will incorporate exhibitions, performances, film/video screenings, and other forms of temporary installations on the observatory grounds, as well as night viewing through the telescope. The observatory has granted us unprecedented access to the facilities and grounds, including the historic auditorium, astronomical museum and the observation decks inside the 60-inch and 100-inch telescope domes.

We have an overwhelmingly positive response so far, with the following artists and organizations confirmed: Lita Albuquerque, Jennifer Boysen, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Claude Collins-Stracensky, Cloud Eye Control (Anna “Oxygen” Huff, Miwa Matreyek, Chi-wang Yang), Zoe Crosher, Russell Crotty, Katie Grinnan, Mark Hagen, Emilie Halpern, Norman Klein, Emily Lacy, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Laura Riboli, Kim Schoen, Sneaky Snake (Ian James & George Jensen), April Totten & Donnie Stroud, Kara Tanaka, Mungo Thomson, Cody Trepte, Viralnet.net (Tom Leeser) and more to be announced...

Funding from an Artist Bailout grant will help cover our project’s organizational costs, including the development of a comprehensive research website, the creation of a companion publication, printed event maps or promotional materials, and a possible park permit fee. Additionally, we need to raise funds to rent the 60” telescope.

Christina Ondrus, Founder/Director, Co-Curator

Elleni Sclavenitis, Associate Director, Co-Curator

Information about the Mount Wilson Observatory:


Signify, Sanctify, Believe


Signify, Sanctify, Believe—facilitated by Claire Cronin, Adam Overton, and Tanya Rubbak, and featuring the sacred gifts of dozens of contemporary artists, performers, and visionaries—is invested in the temporary, playful exploration of [semi-]fictional religious technologies.

Over 2 weeks last Spring 2011, we opened our storefront revival center doors – within the Free Church of Public Fiction – to the Highland Park public. We provided a venue for over 70 semi-secular artists to present over a dozen inspirational services, sermons, and workshops, and oversaw the publication of nearly 20 pamphlets, consisting of creative articles of faith and other religious ephemera. (Our fu
ll schedule, and the complete Library of Sacred Technologies, can be found online at http://signifysanctifybelieve.org.)

This year we hope to travel our two very special branches – The Saints and Servants of the Order of [Con]Temporary Religious Observance, and The Library of Sacred Technologies – up, down, and around the West Coast and Southwest, spreading the good word and creative gospel currently infusing the sanctified work of our Los Angeles experimental art and performance community. In addition, we hope to meet and collaborate with artists in these locales as well, as we continue to produce creative, gentle, temporary religious services, sermons, healing dens, and so forth.

Money earned through the Artist Bailout will potentially help us visit Portland, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Salt Lake City. It will also help us print and distribute more copies of our Library of Sacred Technologies.

a video advertising the first iteration of Signify, Sanctify, Believe:


Mobile Pinhole Project

This past summer, I founded the Mobile Pinhole Project, a new community arts organization in Los Angeles. The Mobile Pinhole Project brings hands-on photography workshops to youth in neighborhoods across Los Angeles using the VanCam, a giant pinhole camera on wheels. The Mobile Pinhole Project is having a huge impact for kids across Los Angeles, guiding them to re-examine their neighborhood community through a visual lens. The “oohs” and “ahhs” from the kids when they go INSIDE the camera makes all the hard work worth it. Unfortunately, we can’t continue our programming unless we raise funds to support our materials and maintenance costs. The Artist Bailout micro-grant would support the paper, developing, snacks and gas for 5 workshops, allowing us to continue to inspire the creative leaders of tomorrow by making arts education available to youth who otherwise don’t have access to creative outlets.

In half-day mobile workshops guided by professional local artists, young people experience photography as a powerful tool for exploring their communities. Our workshops makes visual arts geographically and technologically accessible by allowing youth in neighborhoods across Los Angeles inside the mechanism of photography, empowering a collective visual exploration of identity, culture, and place.

Funding for arts and education has been cut deeply across the United States, and California is no exception. Twenty-nine percent of California's public schools offer no study in any arts discipline. Los Angeles has lost 25% of its full-time elementary art teachers in the past three years. Yet, we know that artistic expression is fundamental to youth development – as a tool for self-expression, communication, and critical thinking. Personally, founding the Mobile Pinhole Project has been a personal milestone for me, furthering my goal to improve accessibility to arts education for all youth.


Press Release for December 10th Artist Bailout



November 30, 2011, Los Angeles: Artist Bailout is a community driven means to fund the arts during the current economic crisis. This new philanthropic model brings together artists and patrons for a dinner which is part performance, part fundraiser and culminates in the awarding of two micro-grants. The third Artist Bailout will be held at Human Resources on Saturday, December 10th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This upcoming Artist Bailout will differ from the previous events as proceeds raised will go toward local artist-run organizations, rather than individual artists.

At the Artist Bailout, patrons contribute donations on a sliding scale ($10 to $10M!) and receive a delicious meal and a ballot. While attendees enjoy their dinner, seven pre-selected Los Angeles-based arts organizations will present proposals for funding which will benefit their current programs and/or special projects they are hoping to realize. The participants—all selected from a pool of organizations that responded to an open call for proposals—include: Slanguage Studios, 
the Mobile Museum of Riverside Chinatown, Actual Size L.A., Outpost for Contemporary Art, Knowledges, Mobile Pinhole Project and Signify, Sanctify, Believe. Once the presentations conclude, dinner-goers vote for their favorite, and the two arts organizations that receive the most votes split the money donated at the door. These micro-grants will be used to fund the winning projects.

As a special bonus for the winners of this upcoming Artist Bailout, GOOD (www.good.is) will make a donation matching the total proceeds raised throughout the evening, up to $1,000. Initial funding for this event was generously provided by Woodbury University’s Department of Art History. Winners will also receive a free copy of GYST Ink software.

“Our hope is that the Artist Bailout will become an on-going support system for Los Angeles artists in a time when funding for the arts is vanishing,” expressed organizers Elana Mann, Laura Noguera , Michael Rippens, Autumn Rooney and Jenn Su. “Together we can share our resources to support each other’s projects, both creatively and financially. We are excited to collaborate in funding interesting and relevant projects and experimenting with unconventional philanthropic models.”

For more information about Artist Bailout visit artistbailout.org.


Artist Bailout:
A public meal designed to solicit community-driven financial support and democratically fund new work by local and emerging artists.

Date & Time: Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Price: $10–$10M, sliding scale donation (includes dinner and a ballot)

Location: Human Resources: 410 Cottage Home St. in Chinatown, Los Angeles 90012

Website: www.artistbailout.org

This event is made possible through the generous support of Woodbury University Department of Art History Aesthetics of Deficit symposium and History of Performance Art class, GOOD, Human Resources, the Echo Park Time Bank and many more.