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Arts Learning Lab @ Home - summer 2020

August 5th, 12th, and 19th

Wednesdays at 11:30am via ZOOM

Free with RSVP - full schedule below and at

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Santa Monica, CA - For three consecutive Wednesdays in August (August 5th, 12th, and 19th) at 11:30am via Zoom, 18th Street Arts Center will launch their summer 2020 series of live online arts classes for kids and families schooling from home called Arts Learning Lab @ Home. This series features artists Sultan Sharrief with Najla Sharrief, Audrey Chan, and David Horvitz, and is focused around concepts of place and identity.

Arts Learning Lab @ Home is a series of free online arts classes for kids and families schooling from home. These hands-on artmaking workshops are held live on Zoom and are posted as on-demand videos after each workshop. Led by a diverse group of professional artists in residence at 18th Street as well as members of our national and international artist community, ALL@Home strives to feature arts making workshops in a range of mediums, skills, and with the core belief that the arts help us imagine new futures, create empathy, and promote community resilience. The workshops will be taught in both English and Spanish for those teachers that are bilingual, and will be live translated in both English and Spanish to increase accessibility using Zoom's interpretation feature.

The three upcoming workshops for summer 2020 focus around place and identity, both concepts that have become extremely fraught in the midst of a global pandemic and a societal reckoning with structural racism and inequity. Artists Sultan Sharrief with Najla Sharrief, Audrey Chan, and David Horvitz will help students and families explore their own personal stories through art, reflect on their ideas of home, and think about language and cross-cultural empathy in new ways.

For all of the Arts Learning Lab @ HOME series, 18th Street Arts Center will work with our community partners at Virginia Avenue Park (like Familias Latinas Unidas), Community Corps of Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Public Library to get the word out to families in our local community who may be currently schooling from home. The virtual format will place members of our hyperlocal community in the same classroom as students from all over the country and beyond, fostering a community of families who are navigating life through arts and wellness during a pandemic.


Wednesday, August 5th @ 11:30

Sultan Sharrief + Najla Sharrief

Mining Your Diamonds

Discover your inner storytelling voice to show your true self with artist Sultan and Najla Sharrief as they lead you through a series of creative exercises to help build your story.

Materials: paper, pencil, pen

Recommended Ages: All ages.

Sultan Sharrief is a trans-media activist, filmmaker, educator and social entrepreneur. His interest lies at the intersection of art, business, and community impact. His directorial debut Bilal's Stand premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and he has produced four other feature films.

Najla Sharrief is an early-childhood education professional and dually certified Life Coach. She has a degree in Psychology from Georgia State, with a minor in Education. Over the past 20 years, Najla has been an elementary -school teacher in Compton CA, a family rehabilitation therapist, and has worked in service to multiple non-profits in the areas of youth empowerment & personal development. She now specializes in working with people of all age-groups to help them discover, or "illuminate", the lighthouse which is their soul. As a Life Coach, Najla delights in being of service to others in such a way that they are "led" to love being in service to their highest selves.



Wednesday, August 12th @ 11:30

Audrey Chan

Symbol Stories

Join Los Angeles based artist, Audrey Chan, and explore all of the fascinating things and people in your home and where they came from. How do objects help tell the story of your family? Each family will choose meaningful objects from their home to inspire a symbolic story drawing.

Materials: paper, colored pencils, crayons, pens, colored paper

Recommended Ages: All ages.

Audrey Chan is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator. Her research-based projects use drawing, painting, video, and public art to center stories that challenge dominant historical narratives of power, place, and identity. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA with Honors from Swarthmore College. She was commissioned by LA Metro to create a large-scale public artwork for the future Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station, opening in 2022. She was a Visiting Artist Faculty in the Program in Art at California Institute of the Arts and is currently the inaugural artist-in-residence at the ACLU of Southern California.



Wednesday, August 19th @ 11:30

David Horvitz

Reading of "Touch the Sky with Your Eye"

Experience a special reading by David Horvitz, artist and author, of Touch the Sky with Your Eye, a children's book of ABCs in English and French. As Horvitz reads, students will be prompted to help create a performative action for each letter, exploring the way we communicate across languages and geographies.

JBE Books is pleased to offer a 20% discount for the book until September 1, 2020 with the code 18@HOME.

Materials: Just yourself!

Recommended Ages: All ages.

David Horvitz uses art books, photography, performance art, glass, and mail art as mediums for his work. He is also known for his work in the virtual sphere. He was recently artist in residence at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, New York City and has recently relocated to Los Angeles. In 2015 he was named a United States Artists fellow. Horvitz has had solo exhibitions at Fotomuseum Winterthur, and tongewölbe T25, Ingolstadt; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; Jan Mot, Brussels, Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw; Peter Amby, Copenhagen; Art Basel, 2013; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Chert. Group exhibitions include: MoMA, New York; Bielefelder Kunstverein, Kunstverein Nürnberg; Murray Guy, New York; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen; Crac Alsace, Altkirsch; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn.



Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public. We strive to provide artists the space and time to take risks, to foster the ideal environment for artists and the public to directly engage, and to create experiences and partnerships that foster positive social change.

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