This weekend, as most of you may know, Metro Los Angeles is shutting down the 405 freeway for construction on Saturday and Sunday, and CARMAGEDDON II will descend upon L.A. (Here’s Metro’s official page with ) During the first Carmageddon in July of last year, we were bombarded with messages of commuter apocalypse, telling us not to leave our homes. Then a funny thing happened; people stayed home, barbecued, and enjoyed themselves.
In response, project leads Diana Wyenn and Ezra LeBank came up with ARTmageddon, a 2-day art party in which Angelenos are encouraged to experience the art in their neighborhoods. Less Car. More Art. Instead of driving on packed surface streets, we can walk, bike, or take the metro to experience the art in each of our distinct communities.
I have been volunteering for the Social Media team, and it’s been a wonderful experience so far. It’s a rare thing for a city which is so divided and defined by its niches to gain such a sense of unity. ARTmageddon is produced by Beyond the Usual and Curbside, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Experience LA, LA Stage Alliance, ForYourArt, and Metro, and in association with a growing consortium of community partners. Now with over 200 participating artists, there’s no excuse not to check it out.
The best part? YOU can still join. I e-mailed you lot because I know you to be talented, art-savvy folk.
Acting in a play? Playing in a concert? Or do you want to organize a group singalong in a park? Add your art to the fun! Please, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you. (And your event will show up on this awesome interactive map!) And please share with your own friends and family, so we can make this Art Party as fantastic as can be!
Whether you’re on the Westside or Eastside, you too can beat Carmageddon II with the iron fist of catharsis.
Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if you have any questions about participating, and I hope to see you guys out there. I’ll be tweeting during the day, if you’d like to keep up with me.