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January 2018
January 12 - May 11
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,
1717 E. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021 United States
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Citizen Project

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) partners with the student body of Metropolitan High School, a Los Angele Unified School District (LAUSD) continuation school, for school-wide reading and art project with the book Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. The in-school reading program will be complemented by a site visit to the ICA LA where students will explore the museum’s exhibition(s) and enjoy a hands-on activity that further enriches their experience of the book. Metropolitan High School…

April 2018
April 1 - June 23
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

#LookingAtMyLosAngeles

As part of this year’s 10th anniversary celebration of the literacy initiative, the Big Read Program, and the featured title, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, Angelenos are invited to participate in a citywide art awareness and cultural appreciation campaign, #LookingAtMyLosAngeles. Starting on April 1 Angelenos can send a picture of a mural, monument, historic site or related public work in Los Angeles that features historic figures, civil rights themes, and/or address social issues. A 30-second video of creative expression in front…

April 1 - April 30
Grammy Museum,
800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A 245
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Social Justice and Cultural Movements Through Music

Grammy Museum welcomes Big Read Program schools and community groups. The Museum will host a tour of its permanent collection that explores music and how it has played an important impact in the landscape of social justice. The Museum will detail music’s role in specific social justice movements, from the Civil Rights, Anti-War, and Women’s movements in the 1960s to the Black Power and Red Power movements in the early 1970s. Grammy Museum seeks to educate and inspire all museum…

April 1 - April 30
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

When Children Speak: Oral Dramatic Readings By Elementary School Youth

The United Voices of Literacy (UVOL) Readers are Leaders is comprised of 3rd – 6th grade advanced readings students who will perform readings of excerpts from Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and other socially relevant readings, poetry and musical lyric readings in partnership with various Big Read partners. UVOL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of reading and reading comprehension for at-risk youth using the instruction and delivery of oral dramatic reading based on current theatrical films and television…

April 27 - April 29
Grand Park,
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Free

Grand Park’s Our LA Voices

LA Arts Festival is a weekend-long arts gathering that focuses exclusively on the diverse and powerful artistic talent in Los Angeles County. Envisioned as an annual “best of L.A. arts festival,” this free, three-day performing and visual arts showcase will bring dance, music and theatre performances as well as visual artwork by L.A. artists to Grand Park every spring. Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices will serve as a home for L.A. artists, underlining Grand Park’s commitment to L.A.’s creative communities.…

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grand Park,
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Printmaking in the Park

Self Help Graphics and Art will host a printmaking pop-up during Grand Park’s Our LA Voices – LA Arts Festival. Participants will create a mono-silkscreened poster based on this year’s Big Read title, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine Founded in 1970 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics and Art is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. Our multi-disciplinary, inter-generational programs promote artistic excellence…

May 2018
May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Underground Museum,
3508 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018 United States
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Who Gets To Be A Citizen?

Professors Robeson Taj Frazier and Shana L. Redmond will facilitate a dynamic discussion that seeks to bring together young adults who are eager to think through the writing of poet Claudia Rankine’s writings as it applies to their own lives, or the lives of others. Frazier and Redmond will spend time sharing thoughts on Rankine’s work, as well as the images used in her book Citizen: An American Lyric that are derived from contemporary art and important moments in black…

June 2018
June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barnsdall Gallery Theater,
4800 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Sony Pictures Media Arts Program Culminating Event

Students from all over Los Angeles participate in this media arts program. Students will read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric and create original short films. The program culminates in a public exhibition and screening of the artwork produced by the students, to be presented at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Park, on Saturday, June 9, 2018. This 30-week, tuition-free media arts program, held after-school twice a week, is for middle school students aged 10 to 14. Students learn drawing…

June 9 @ 1:00 pm
Barnsdall Gallery Theater,
4800 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Animated Film Screening: Sony Pictures CalArts CAP Media Arts Program

A curated selection of animated shorts created by students of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program. The films are inspired by the poetry of Claudia Rankine, this year’s NEA Big Read featured author. The screening of these animated short films is the culmination of the program. The films created by middle and high school students who participate in the year-round Sony Pictures Media Arts Program at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Pacoima City…

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Free

Public Art Tour Aboard Metro Rail

The Department of Cultural Affairs and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) have partnered to offer an exciting docent-led exploration of public art commissioned for the Metro Rail System. Each of the works in this special tour will address the themes of social justice, diversity and/or artivism, in conjunction with this year’s Big Read Program title selection, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Join us for this dynamic tour aboard METRO rail. Each attendee will receive a TAP card with…


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