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.