ART HAPPENS ANYWHERE
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its devastating effects on the arts and culture community, the City of Glendale's Library, Arts & Culture department and the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission re-launched the Art Happens Anywhere (“AHA”) Program, with the purpose of encouraging the expansion of arts and culture activities to benefit the citizens of our community during these unique times.
Through innovative uses of digital and virtual technology, audience interactivity, and unconventional delivery methods, the AHA Program seeks to foster progressive attitudes toward art, art-making and performance, and to elevate the role of art in enhancing a community. The AHA Program is also an opportunity for artists to immediately begin working on a proposed project, resulting in the stimulation of the creative economy in Glendale and beyond during these challenging times.
The following temporary art installations of the 2020/21 Art Happens Anywhere (AHA) Program are
sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission through funding from the Urban Art Program.
With Love from LA
Artist: Mark de Clive-Lowe
August 2020 - January 2021
With Love From LA is a new online virtual offering conceived by musician, performer, composer and event producer Mark de Clive-Lowe. With Love from LA is a six-month series which will run from August 2020 through January 2021 featuring "In-Conversation" and "In-Concert" episodes of Los Angeles County musicians such as Jamire Williams, Jeff Parker, and Gretchen Parlato.
January 2021 Artist: Low Leaf
"In Conversation" - January 13th at 5pm
"In-Concert" - January 20th at 5pm
Low Leaf is a multi-instrumentalist playing harp and piano, singing, programming and producing her other-worldly creations. With inspiration from her Filipina ancestry and an impressive talent for fusing the natural beauty of acoustic moments with electronic soundscapes and beats, she’s a unique artist carving her own path.
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Artist: Ashton Phillips
September 15, 2020 - January 15, 2021
Location: Central Park
Reflections by artist, Ashton Phillips, is a meditative, experimental sound art installation located at Central Park (216 S Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203) from September 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021. The virtual, sound art component will weave together the voices of a diverse range of LA County residents with other voices from quarantined regions around the world, all reflecting on their experiences living through this pandemic. These digital voices will be virtually tied to a physical installation of flat, durable reflective aluminum discs set into the ground in a mandala pattern, providing a visual marker of the activated space and a meditative environment in which to experience the sound installation.
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Watch the promo trailer here!
365 Days of Voters
Artist: Deborah Aschheim
September 2020 - November 2020
365 Days of Voters is an online community engagement project focused on highlighting the importance of voter engagement for the 2020 election by artist, Deborah Aschheim. Any Glendale resident over age 18 (or over 16 with parent or guardian's permission) is invited to participate in “365 Days of Voters” and help inspire other people to vote. It’s easy! To be today’s voter, send Deborah an email at , and she’ll explain how to send a headshot or selfie (at least 1 MB file size). She will send you a very short form to fill out, and then she will make an original hand drawn portrait of you and post her drawing of you and your inspiring quote about voting to help Get Out the Vote in 2020.
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I Am A Small Business - Glendale
Artist: Eric Axene
On display from November 10, 2020
I Am A Small Business – Glendale by artist, Eric Axene, is an immersive virtual experience that can be viewed from any connected device. The project involves portraits of business owners taken in their shops, overlaid with audio interviews of the store owner, edited interactions with customers (if open), and ambient sounds recorded in and around the shop. The photos combine up to 1000 hi-res digital captures and are so highly detailed that the viewer can actually see all of the items in a store. The online experience will feature a “zoom in” function that allows the viewer to wander and explore around the image at 100% magnification.
GYO in Pieces
Artist: Glendale Youth Orchestra
World Premiere on December 13, 2020
GYO in Pieces by the Glendale Youth Orchestra, is a virtual concert that will break the orchestra up into smaller components where they can perform with enough space between each other. There will be units as small as duets, trios, sextets but none larger than 15 musicians while all having social distancing. The performances will also feature interviews with members of the orchestra telling their musical story. The members will share how studying music plays a part of their growth as young people in this current period of time. Henry Shin, conductor and music director, will also be featured giving short music history about the music played and what the audience should listen for in the music.
15,000 & MORE
Artist: Connie DK Lane
On display from February 12, 2021
15,000 & MORE is a memorial tribute to the lives lost from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in California. The concept is based upon Chinese ancestral worship of deceased relatives and family members with a special ceremony. This ceremony requires burning a mixture of gold and silver joss papers (ghost money) as an offering to the deceased. The joss papers are folded before being burnt to pay tribute to the afterlife. A mixture of silver and gold ingots differentiates the deaths of males and females from the coronavirus. 15,000 & MORE will be on display in the Central Library foyer in February 2021.
BALLAD OF WORST CASE
SCENARIOS IN AN ERA OF
Artist: Kate Sikorski
On display from March 15 - 26, 2021
Ballad of Worst Case Scenarios in an Era of Intersecting Pandemics is a site-specific, augmented reality installation of interactive animation on the Reading Spa Windows of Central Library. The first half of the animation has thus far focused on the COVID pandemic, the second half will detail the ever present pandemic of White supremacy and how these two pandemics intersect. The interactive artwork animation will contain hidden elements that the viewer could at times unlock with their phone to complete the artwork composed from individual, hand drawn frames of mixed media on watercolor paper, this animation will explore our present anxieties to the fullest by quoting popular dystopian fiction, historical manuscripts from the time of the Black Plague, and political cartoons published during the Spanish flu.