Evictions, Artists and Displacement: ALMLA, 800 Traction, and Beyond

Robby Herbst
Dulce Ibarra
Michael Parker
Julian Smith-Newman
Nancy Uyemura

Common Field Session
Organized by Michael Parker CSULB and ALMLA
with Aurora Tang/Center for Land Use Interpretation (LA)

This session engages artists and arts organizers in Los Angeles to discuss their experiences and actions around creating, maintaining, and advocating for economically sustainable spaces for artists in a changing city. What happens when a neighborhood that once embraced and built its identity on artists develops in a way that leads to their displacement? At the same time, this session will also grapple with the role that artists and arts organizations play in gentrification. If economically sustainable spaces for artists can only be created at the expense of existing communities—and above all, poor communities of color—where do artists’ solidarities lie? How can artists resist displacing others as part of a process that—as in the case of ALMLA: Artists’ Loft Museum Los Angeles and 800 Traction in LA’s Arts District—will eventually lead to artists being displaced themselves? Led by artist Michael Parker, co-founder of ALMLA, this program includes speakers Nancy Uyemura of 800 Traction, artist writer Robby Herbst of the Council Street Council, artist and curator Dulce Soledad Ibarra, and Julian Smith-Newman, writer and member of the LA Tenants Union.