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S11 E2: The New West Coast Sound - An L.A. Jazz Legacy (Preview)

Drummer Mekala Session has emerged as the newest leader of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Collaborating closely with Jamael Dean, Jimetta Rose and other young artists, Session and his peers grapple with how to best carry forward Los Angeles’ rich jazz legacy while honoring the tenets that guided the sonic activism of the Ark’s founder Horace Tapscott.


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In October of 2019 the city of Los Angeles through the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Institute of Contemporary Art organized a city-wide exhibition of public art and events based around the theme of food. Each artist interpreted a different aspect or issue surrounding food or food systems in the city from climate change, to food access, civic engagement to waste and recycling. Activating public parks throughout the city, artists created works to spark conversation about what it means to live in Los Angeles and how to work together for a sustainable and hopeful future.

The Watts Towers Arts Center

The Watts Towers Arts Center was founded by artists and educators in the 1960s and has been a beacon of art and culture in the community for decades. This episode features the work of artists including Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, Charles White and Mark Steven Greenfield.