Some Place Chronicles

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Some Place Chronicles

A creative placemaking project featuring the people, histories and cultures of East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, Lennox, and Ladera Heights, View Park, and Windsor Hills

Some Place Chronicles is a series of creative placemaking projects set in four unincorporated communities located in the Second District of Los Angeles County. Numerous and varied engagements with the people who live and work in these communities have culminated in four unique books—each containing explorations, documentation, and pragmatic and poetic testimonies of what has been and dreams of what might be—created by four different artists/collectives.

The chronicle of Lennox is authored by Harry Gamboa Jr.
The chronicle of East Rancho Dominguez is authored by Thomas Lawson.
The chronicle of Florence-Firestone is authored by Jeannene Przyblyski.
The chronicle of Ladera Heights, View Park, and Windsor Hills is authored by Studio 75 (Isabelle Lutterodt and Sandy Rodriguez).

Some Place Chronicles asks: What space of possibility opens up when a particular artist encounters a particular place and the people who live and work there? How can artists engage communities through their own distinctive practices, and the methods of looking and reflecting they’ve developed? And how can the communities respond in kind, by inviting artists to their community meetings and gatherings, their libraries, parks, schools and churches, their businesses and their homes? How can artists and communities engage each other in a process of mutual discovery?

Some Place Chronicles is a project of the Los Angeles Arts Commission in partnership with the Temporary Institute of Unincorporated Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), funded by the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources.

California Institute of the Arts

Ranked as America’s top college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines, and cultural traditions.

The Temporary Institute for Unincorporated Studies

The Temporary Institute for Unincorporated Studies at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) supports established and emerging artists and designers in community-based art, design, and planning projects. We envision unincorporated studies as studies that embrace open-ended inquiry, reject received notions and preconceived methodologies, and are inclusive and affirming of the publics for whom, and with whom, they are produced.

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