Active Cultures Comes to Grand Central Market (OPENING DAY)

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$0    |  Nov 16, 2019  |  10:00AM - 6:00PM

(THROUGH NOV. 23) Los Angeles-based nonprofit Active Cultures—the first organization of its kind dedicated to bringing art and food together to develop new cultural projects—announces its inaugural public program in collaboration with downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Central Market, a diverse community of food shops and restaurants that has been in continuous operation since 1917. Asha Bukojemsky, in consultation with Active Cultures’ Co-Founder and Director Laura Fried, the debut brings AC and GCM audiences and tenants together through the artistic practices of LA-based artists Sarah Rara, Nancy Stella Soto, and Mecca Vazie Andrews. The trio will contribute works for a community-focused project that will continue over the course of two weekends — Saturday/Sunday, November 16–17 & Saturday, November 23. On Saturday, November 16, Sarah Rara will lead a textile workshop and program using foodstuffs collected from GCM tenants and deadstock fabrics sourced from the adjacent garment district businesses; on Sunday, November 17, Nancy Stella Soto will guide a sewing workshop to create universal, everyday garments from the treated fabrics; and, on the following Saturday, November 23, Mecca Vazie Andrews will conduct an exploratory movement workshop that captures the energy of the Market’s activities and incorporates the process of the trio’s collective art-making. The project will culminate with a final audience-led performance that blends the clothing made on site with sounds and movements reflective of each programmatic element. Each of the daily programs will feature public conversations with the artists, market tenants and chefs, and some special guests, as well as opportunities for audience members to participate in accessible communal meals.