KaleidoLA Guest Artist Speaker Series: Joel Garcia

Friday, December 11, 2020 12:15pm to 1:15pm

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Joel Garcia is the final artist of the fall 2020 KaleidoLA series. Garcia (Huichol) is an artist, arts administrator and cultural organizer of the Decolonial Initiative Task Force with more than twenty years of experience working transnationally focusing on community-centered strategies. His approach is rooted in Indigenous-based forms of dialoguing and decision-making (non-hierarchical) that uplifts non-institutional expertise. Garcia uses art and organizing to raise awareness of issues facing underserved communities, inner-city youth, and other targeted populations. He’s the co-founder of Meztli Projects, an Indigenous based arts & culture collaborative centering indigeneity into the creative practice of Los Angeles by using arts-based strategies to advocate for and organize by highlighting issues impacting native artists and youth.


About the Artist

Garcia served as Co-Director at Self Help Graphics & Art from 2010 to 2018, and also previously co-chaired the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities-Boyle Heights Youth Development Campaign. He is the 2019 Los Angeles Fellow of Monument Lab, an independent public art and history studio based in Philadelphia which cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments around the world. He has been awarded a grant by the “Ready to Rise Initiative” a Youth Development project of the California Community Foundation/Liberty Hill Foundation funded by the Los Angeles County Probation Department to support new strategies using art and Indigenous-based practices to educate youth and reduce violence. In his personal work as an artist, he uses printmaking to explore masculinity through Indigenous perspectives through his ongoing project “Tatewari.” He was recently featured in the LA Times, “Commentary” Goodbye, Guy on a Horse, A New Wave of Monument Design is Changing How We Honor History,” authored by Carolina A. Miranda, 07.23.2020. He studied illustration at Otis College of Art & Design and holds degrees in Photography (2002) and Business Management (2003) from East Los Angeles College.

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About KaleidoLA

KaleidoLA is the Department of Art and Art History’s annual guest speaker series and is a featured program of the College of Communication and Fine Arts (CFA). For the past eight years, KaleidoLA has been a vital connection between Loyola Marymount University and the Los Angeles arts community. For fall 2020, in collaboration with LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, KaleidoLA will thematically center artists whose artwork and lived experiences foreground issues of racial, economic and social justice. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all lectures will be delivered live on Zoom.


For more information about this event, contact Karen Rapp, Director & Curator, Laband Art Gallery, karen.rapp@lmu.edu

Image courtesy of Joel Garcia and Ricardo Ocegueda

Presented live online via Zoom.

To register for this event: https://lmula.zoom.us/webinar/register/8415994345720/WN_sTH4nC6tSHazTsoMziZl8Q

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