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Community Spotlight: Art + Practice in Leimert Park

If you’re an art lover, Los Angeles never seems to disappoint. From Michelangelo’s drawings at the Getty Museum to The Theater of Disappearance, Adrián Villar Rojas’ site-specific installation inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space, Los Angeles is home to significant works of art from past to present.

It seems that every corner of Los Angeles is filled with galleries, museums, and exhibition spaces that contribute to the city’s ever-evolving cultural landscape.

We recently discovered an incredible organization and exhibition space in Leimert Park, one of the communities we serve, called Art + Practice (A+P). We’re so excited to share our discovery with you!

A+P provides free, museum-curated art exhibitions and moderated art lectures to the community of Leimert Park at its nearly 20,000 square-foot campus. Curated by a diverse range of museum institutions locally, nationally and internationally, A+P showcases world-class contemporary visual art in all media.

Public programs include moderated art lectures, discussions, screenings, and performances. Programs are organized so as to coincide with A+P’s exhibitions on view in its exhibition space.

In addition, A+P encourages education and culture by providing support services to foster youth predominantly living in South Los Angeles through its collaboration with First Place for Youth. Founded in 1998, First Place for Youth is a nonprofit organization helping foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.

A+P’s commitment to Leimert Park and the surrounding area is truly groundbreaking. Their organization is building and strengthening our community through their thoughtful and inspiring programing that aims to reignite a conversation about the social value and positive influence of contemporary art. Also, they’re fostering the growth and creativity of young minds and future leaders! If you’re interested in learning more please visit their website.

Want to support A+P?

A+P is a private operating 501(c)3 foundation. Your tax-deductible donation supports their work to connect Los Angeles through art, discourse, and critical resources. Learn more: www.artandpractice.org.

Current Exhibition, on view until May 26, 2018:
Maren Hassinger, The Spirit of Things.
For over four decades, Maren Hassinger has explored relationships between the industrial and natural worlds in a practice that is both meditative and critical. From the 1970s on, her sculpture has incorporated common materials associated with manufacturing, mass media, and commerce. In abstract compositions such as those that will be on view at Art + Practice, she transforms wire rope, newspapers, plastic bags, and more into evocations of the beauty found in conditions often dismissed as blighted or marginal.

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Thanks to Joe Basile, founder of GoHumphrey for this guest blog post.

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