Common Field Session
Organized by Jia Gu/ Materials & Applications

This topic is conceived in two parts.

Many of us in the arts acknowledge and concede the role we play in the acceleration of gentrification. At the same time, gentrification is also a problem that has come to affect artists and arts organizations who themselves struggle to find affordable spaces. The mechanisms of gentrification (including rising rents, evictions, homelessness and displacement) are so complex that they defy any single cause and therefore resist any single perspective. Often, these mechanisms are so entangled that they often appear anonymous or at the very least un-navigable, especially as one begins to unravel the layers of urban policy, zoning / building codes, and economic pressures that produces unaffordability and displacement.

LA 2040: Codes, Policies, Systems (Conversation Session)

How can we educate and ally ourselves with those most negatively affected by these changes, with the hope of mediating our impact and using what agency we may have to promote equity within the neighborhoods we live and work? How can artists, organizations and networks ability to serve as an alliance with targeted communities, and to engage and advocate as a field? This panel invites five arts organizations currently advocating for a more equitable process of urban development. The conversation will be forward-looking as we actively address the precarity of Skid Row in light of the City of Los Angeles to rezone and redevelop Downtown Los Angeles for 2040:


LA Recode 

Olympics LA 2028

Downtown LA 2040 - 2 community plans