Free Workshops on painting, poetry, music, and performance led by Harbor Area Artists. Saturday June 25, 2011, 12-4pm @ Slanguage Studio. Word Play is part of FLOW, an event series organized by SLANG AIR Literary Artist in Residence Mario Davila.

SlangFest will be a day of arts, spoken word and music, designed by Slanguage Studio and organized by LAXART Curator Cesar Garcia in Long Beach on June 18th from 2-6pm. The event is sponsored by the Arts Council for Long Beach as part of an event series to help activate underutilized public spaces and will be held at the site of a public art installation called Chantilly Clad, located on the corner of Ocean Blvd.and Lime Ave in Long Beach.  Slanguage founders and three spoken word artists organized by Slanguage Literary Artist In Residence, Mario Davila.
special guests MC Tyson, and the Slanguage Noise Band will perform original works to creatively address the topic of Language and Music.

Throughout the day, DJ Cheebo will spin eclectic Latin sounds while interactive workshops will be offered
on breakdancing and recycled art (drawing, collage, and sculpture) by Slanguage Teen Art Council,
Homeland Cultural Center, and Wilmington Enrichment Community Artist Network (WECAN). The band
YEPA! will take the stage at 5 p.m.

This month Literary Artist in Residence Mario Davila began working with local artists to produce a series of interactive poetry and performance art events at Slanguage and other sites in the Harbor area he calls “FLOW.”

The series will highlight creative exchanges in the harbor area and engage residents of Long Beach, San Pedro and Wilmington on a variety of issues affecting their communities including the impact of local industries on the environment, public education, and gang violence. While each event will focus on engaging a different age group, every event will be multigenerational and interdisciplinary. Word Play, the first event, will be youth focused and is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th from 12-4pm here at Slanguage!

About Mario Davila

Mario Davila has been a friend of Slanguage for several years. Mario is both an artist and educator, and he is currently Director of Arts Education for LA’s BEST, an after school enrichment program currently serving over 28,000 children in 179 public schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition to visual and performing art workshops led by practicing artists, LA’s BEST provides programming in science, sports, computer literacy, conflict resolution and nutrition.

Over the years Mario has developed a number of community based projects, including Poetic Action, which ran for nearly a decade in the 90s and created multidisciplinary events designed to introduce poetry and other art forms to broader audiences. Mario is also Founder and Project Coordinator of LAartlab, an all-volunteer artist collective currently providing youth with opportunities to design and produce art events at venues such as JANM, The Music Center, Ave 50 Studio and MOCA.

Viva la Verde: Slanguage Juniors Summer Art Camp 2011

In the intensive week-long workshop our students will produce a wide range of multi-layered artworks that will deliver a message for environmental awareness. The camp will be composed of 8 workshops, including field trips and guest artists. Students will produce projects that will allow them to grapple with environmental restoration, reduce their trash, and implement a holistic approach to artmaking that includes painting, design, sculpture, poetry, and music.  The camp will close with an exhibit and celebration featuring our young artists!

July 11-July 15th, Monday-Friday


Closing Exhibit, Saturday July 16th, 12-2pm

Ages 8-14

Cost $150, fee includes materials and lunch daily

Pay in full on registration days, receive $25 discount!

Registration during open hours

Wednesday-Friday July 6-8th, 10am-5pm