Anabolic Monument Flower Harvest

Friday December 4,
9am - noon: Harvest in the Anabolic Monument
nonn - 2pm: Join us for the Metabolic Studio Public Salon + Lunch
2pm - 4pm: Harvest continues in the Anabolic Monument

Saturday December 5
8am - 1p: Harvest in the Anabolic Monumentm

Join us in gathering the flowers in the Anabolic Monument this weekend.
Bring scissors, clippers, and containers. Take home what you can carry.

Contact Meredith for further information: [email protected]



Metabolic Studio Public Salon
T. J. Mairs, C. de Arce, M. Carrasco, T. McKinney Zisler, S. Faxon‐Mills
Friday, December 4, 2009 @ Noon

Human Trafficking in Los Angeles County

a panel organized with the Studio for Southern California History

for the Studio’s current exhibit “Law & Disorder".

What are the most relevant definitions of human trafficking today? What are examples of human trafficking that we may not see but that may surround us? How has the passage of Assembly Bill 22 – the California Trafficking Victims Protection Act – increased our ability to recognize & respond to human trafficking in Los Angeles? How can we protect our daughters? What are the tell tale signs that someone is in a relationship that may lead to prostitution? What else can we do? As individuals? As a community?

Carmen de Arce: Ms. de Arce is a Victim’s Specialist for the greater Los Angeles area for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI works with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and national victim‐based advocacy groups in joint task forces that combine resources and expertise on the issue. Today, the FBI participates in approximately 30 law enforcement task forces and approximately 42 Bureau of Justice Assistance‐sponsored task forces around the nation. The FBI Victim Specialists (along with victims specialists from the US Attorney Offices and/or other non‐government victim assistance service providers) work with human trafficking victims to not only advise them of their rights as victims but also to assure they get the help they need to address their short‐term and long‐term needs—like legal and repatriation services, immigration relief, housing, employment, education, job training, and child care.

Taja McKinney Zisler: Ms. McKinney Zisler is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking. The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi‐ethnic, multi‐lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims. CAST provides comprehensive long‐term services through a three‐armed empowerment approach, which includes Social Services, Legal Services, and Outreach and Training. The organization also operates the first shelter in the nation dedicated to serving victims of trafficking. CAST’s mission is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery‐like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.

Susannah Faxon‐Mills: Ms. Faxon‐Mills is the Senior Coordinator of Youth Education for Break the Cycle. Those at Break the Cycle believe everybody has the right to safe and healthy relationships—regardless of where they live, who they are or what they believe. That is why they work everyday towards a mission to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence. Break the Cycle offers programs that defy geographic bounds—ensuring that no young person is excluded from receiving the help, tools and information they need to live free from violence. Their success is demonstrated by more than a decade of leadership in working with teens to prevent and end domestic and dating violence.

Leslie Gersicoff: Ms Gersicoff is Executive Director of the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region, a social justice organization that bridges the Labor and Jewish communities in a shared commitment to human rights. She also Chairs the transitioning Los Angeles County Unity Coalition formed to combat all categories of human trafficking. Educating labor leaders and rank and file members about signs of possible human trafficking and providing safe, anonymous avenues to report suspicions has been a prime focus of the JLC, as well as finding Latino victims of trafficking in the car wash and day labor industries. Human trafficking impedes and defies every principle fought for and won by organized labor and every advance gained, including the 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, paid benefits for health, pension and time off, legal recourse for labor law violations, representation on the job and a fair choice of employment. Leslie is also Secretary of the Labor Task Force for Universal Healthcare, a member of Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle, Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California, National Council of Jewish Women, NABET-CWA Local 53, and Hollywood NOW.

T. Julie Mairs: Julie Mairs is the immediate past president of Soroptimist International of Los Angeles, Chair of Project Five‐0‐Los Angeles, and Chair of the Camino Real Region Soroptimists STOP Trafficking campaign. The Soroptimists STOP Trafficking campaign is an initiative of Soroptimists with 19 countries and territories including Canada, the USA, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. Julie has over 25 years of experience in the leadership of human social and heath services and strategy and change management.

Studio For Southern California History

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Image courtesy of Stanford University



Metabolic Studio Public Salon
Laura Valdés Kuri & Claudio Valdés Kuri
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ Noon
Free Admission

Environment, Art and Science in Mexico

This salon will present an overview of how the environmental movement in Mexico has evolved in the last 20 years. Laura Valdés Kuri will present a slide show showing the groundswell of social participation in environmental and cultural activism in Mexico spanning from the 90’ to present day actions. Her brother Claudio Valdés Kuri will share insights on the greening of the art movement through a specific project “Ecocentro de Ciertos Habitantes” which is being developed by his theatre group “Certain Inhabitants”.

The Ecocentro is nestled at the edge of a forest, it will be an environmentally sound artistic retreat that will offer artistic residences and retreat facilities for creation, reflection, research, cultural exchange, artistic and environmental education and the development of theatrical productions. It is a model cultural project that incorporates artistic inspiration, education, sustainable development and the application of low-impact technologies that demonstrates how a long-term project can preserve natural resources, protect local traditional culture and nurture the theatrical arts. There is an elaborate outreach plan to work with the local rural communities.

This salon will describe just how the Ecocentro de Ciertos Habitantes has been designed with an inclusive multidisciplinary modality which, from its inception, has brought together a wide range of stakeholders who participate actively in its creation and development. Laura and Claudio will discuss how the two disciplines are intertwining through permaculture design, theatrical art projects, hands-on community development and the support of social networks and how collectively they are playing a key role in saving a significant endangered area of the Great Water Forest near Chalma, a rural village in Mexico.

There will be a Q&A in English and Spanish after the discussion.

Claudio Valdés Kuri's Los Angeles residency at CalArts and REDCAT is made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affair's Cultural Exchange International grant and the National Performance Network's Performing Americas Creative Exchange Program.

Laura Valdés Kuri has been recognized as a leader in the Mexican environmental movement. Since 1985, Laura has propagated environmental practices, sustainable education and community development projects that benefit the environment and society as well. With a background in Social Studies, Environmental Education, Bioregionalism, Permaculture and Ecovillage development she has spearheaded and served as an advisor for hundreds of rural and urban projects throughout Mexico such as the Environmental Promoters Group of Tejalpa, a recycling center run by a women’s collective.

Laura has been founder of the Bio-Regional Movement in Mexico and Latin America, co-founding member of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA) and coordinator of the national education project ECOHABITAT. She is also an Ashoka associate in Mexico. Laura and the networks she participates in have organized events, symposiums, conferences, fairs, workshops and international congresses in Mexico, Latin America and United States. She is focalizer for national and international environmental and bioregional networks. She has compiled and edited environmental books such as Welcome Home: Life Experiences and Bioregional Thinking (Mexico 2003) and Ecohabitat: Experiences Towards Sustainability (Mexico 2006)

Claudio Valdés Kuri, a prestigious Mexican director, is recognized as one of Latin America’s Artists with the most international acclaim. Founder and director of the Certain Inhabitants Theater Company, his work includes The Grey Automobile, Monsters and Prodigies: The History of the Castrati, Becket or the Honour of God and Where will I be Tonight?, all presented in Mexico and in Europe, Latin America, United States and the Caribbean. Specialized critics have given him well-deserved recognition, such as naming him the best director in experimental theatre as well as best group theatre director.

Several important governmental cultural offices have commissioned and co-produced his productions: National Theatre Company (Mexico). National Autonomous University of Mexico, International Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato) Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Kunsten Festival des Arte (Brussels) and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna). He has received several grants from Cultural Contact, the US-Mexico Foundation for Culture, Young Scholarship Holders and Co-Investment Projects from Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and the Arts.

The monthly publication Mexican Leaders has acknowledged Claudio as one of the top 300 most influential leaders of the country. With the creation of Ecocentro de Ciertos Habitantes, Claudio intends to merge the transformative powers of theatre and performance arts with Environmental Conservation and sustainable development in a rural community within the Great Water Forest in Mexico.

Further information:

Image: Ciertos Habitantes Ecocenter Design, courtesy of Arq. Jorge Calvillo

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Metabolic Studio Public Salon
Aaron Chappell & Juan de Lara
Friday, November 6, 2009 @ Noon
Free Admission

Building the American Dream in the Inland Empire

About The Salon
During the most recent real estate boom, local boosters produced new cognitive maps of Southern California’s Inland Empire to show that the good life was possible in ‘cow country’ and a booming higher-end housing market created new business opportunities for upscale retail companies that had typically ignored the Inland Empire.

The ideal house – an embodiment of the American Dream - came to represent a lifestyle of luxury that homebuilders and marketers drew upon to stimulate conspicuous consumption. But much of the shopping that drove the local economy was underwritten by the same financing schemes that ultimately doomed the housing sector. The housing crash of 2007-2008 revealed that narratives about the good life didn't match financial reality for the majority of Inland Empire residents.

Considering the ways in which the relationship between finance, consumption, and housing significantly shaped the Inland Empire, Juan de Lara and Aaron Chappell will present a brief history of land, housing, and boom/bust real estate cycles and discuss current organizing efforts to reshape the social, economic, and physical landscape in that area.

Juan de Lara is a PhD candidate at UC-Berkeley studying the political geography of the Inland Empire. (LIUNA Homebuilding Campaign)

Aaron Chappell is a political and community organizer for the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) on their Quality for All campaign, which is uniting the workers who build homes with the residents who buy new homes to create good jobs, sustainable communities and a stronger regional economy here in the Inland Empire. Aaron has over ten years of experience in the labor movement.

Further Information: Quality for All

Image courtesy: Douglas McCulloh, from Dream Street

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