The LA River was once a center of community in our region. From the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, the river was a vital source of life for indigenous tribes, who established thriving villages along the water.
Today, we often overlook the paved river as we pass it on our commutes, but I think that we can restore the LA River to what it once was: a place to connect with nature and community. With this vision in mind, I met with local artists to discuss opportunities in creative fields in Southeast LA (SELA). This team of artists conceptualized a community event on the LA River to give artists a platform to showcase their work.
These efforts eventually led to the SELA Arts Festival. Over the last two years, this event has brought thousands together to celebrate art, music, and culture. This year, that same team of artists is using their creative talents to bring the festival to our homes.
The virtual 2020 SELA Arts Festival will be an interactive event with a virtual art gallery, as well as performances, spoken word, and vendors. This year’s festival theme, Streaming Our Stories, is all about the individual and collective stories of the SELA community in relation to the river and current events.
Since many of us feel isolated during this time, I think it’s especially important to reflect and celebrate our community and our stories. I hope you can join us in celebrating on August 1st from 4 – 8 p.m.
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