The documentary film "Civic Art" delves into the world of Los Angeles-based artists as they negotiate with the government and local neighborhoods to produce ambitious, permanent, large-scale public art projects. This film highlights the vital, complicated, and often misunderstood efforts behind these artworks while exploring the extensive social power of art within four South LA County neighborhoods. The screening is followed by a conversation with Erin Harkey, former senior project manager with the LA County Arts Commission and Sara Daleiden, art and public engagement consultant and documentary producer for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program’s Open Space Creative Graffiti Abatement Project. Presented in conjunction with Nicole Miller’s Athens, California.
“Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles” was Commissioned by Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program Open Space Graffiti Abatement Project in collaboration with Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, County of Los Angeles Public Library. SPArt grant funding supports the film’s screening series.