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, featuring 17 individually unique projects that were launched from 2020 - 2022, 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 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 was 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 Art Happens Anywhere (AHA) Program are 

sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission through funding from the Urban Art Fund. 

Ride Like the Wind

Artist: Cathy Hrenda

Location: Central Library Drought Tolerant Garden

On display through June 2024

"Ride Like The Wind” alludes to the importance of sustainability through a playful artwork that engages with natural elements. The artwork includes old bicycle frames and used bicycle rims which were all found on the street in non-working condition. The frames and rims are combined with new steel and aluminum pipes and fittings to create a wall of black powder-coated scaffolding on which metal pinwheels, of various designs will be displayed.

Glendale Electric!

Event Organizer: Museum of Neon Art

Location: Downtown Glendale (various locations)

Saturday, June 11, 2022 | 12:00PM - 5:00PM

"Glendale Electric!" is a public festival aimed at providing live, bite sized, art and cultural experiences to viewers. The event will be the result of collaboration with a range of Glendale and LA based cultural organizations, artists, historians, and community members to bring us closer together over the wide geographical region of Glendale. The event taps into the spirit of neon, an art-form that developed along with the automobile, and was meant to be seen from a moving car.  A digital map introducing each art project, location, and performance will be produced for attendees to download.

View schedule here

Lernazang Ensemble: Concert of Traditional Armenian Music & Dance

Artist: Lernazang Ensemble

Location: Artsakh Paseo  

Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Join Lernazang Ensemble for a celebration of Armenian dance and culture on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 4:00PM. The event will feature master musicians from Armenia including folk singer Hasmik Harutunyan, Vardan Baghdasaryan on kamancha, Tigran Zakaryan on pku/zurna, Albert Ordinyan on dhol, and more…

 

As we continue to commemorate the Armenian Genocide throughout the month of April, Lernazang Ensemble will perform a rich repertoire of azgagrakan songs and dances from Western Armenia. Practicing and performing this repertoire is an act of resistance: to reclaim our heritage amidst a history of genocide and ongoing cultural erasure.

 

This event is generously sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission through funding from the Urban Art Program with support from Glendale Library, Arts & Culture and Meztli Projects.

 

photo credit: Angela Pailevanian

Impending Storms

Artists: Blue Marble Art Collective

Location: Central Library 

On display from March 4 - May 21, 2022

"Impending Storms" will put a spotlight on the reality of the impending dangers of significant loss of species and biodiversity, and by inference, the dangers looming over our biosphere. Many drawings depicting impressions of plant and animal species will be “captured” in the net. Visitors to the installation would walk through and around the net and other components of the installation, creating an experiential environment to consider problems related to species decline and environmental issues.

Artists of all ages are invited to submit grayscale drawings of plants and animals (especially the endangered or recently extinct species) on 6” x 6” white cardstock paper. During the exhibit, Central Library will have white cardstock paper and drawing materials alongside the exhibit for the first 2 weeks of March 2022 for patrons to submit artworks to the exhibit on-site. 

Color in Dance: Hip Hop Dance Festival

Artist: Versa-Style Dance Company

Location: Verdugo Park 

Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 1:00PM - 5:00PM

“Color in Dance'', serves as a response to the heightened injustices people of color endure from racialized political bureaucracies, especially within the last year. This event will exclusively pertain to Hip Hop repertoire and include performances, workshops, vendors, food, and moments of fun exchange on an open dance floor at Verdugo Skate Park during Black History Month.

Yoshito Meditating in the Forest

Artist: Ayumi Chisolm

Location: YMCA Glendale  

On display through May 2027

"Yoshito Meditating in the Forest" by artist, Ayumi Chisolm, is portrayal of the inner peace and tranquility the community has sought for during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The mural will be installed on the exterior wall of the YMCA Glendale through May 20, 2027. 

LIGHTWAVE

Artists: Lightriders & 11:11 Creative Collective

Location: Central Park Paseo

On display from October 9 - November 13, 2021

"LIGHTWAVE" by LightRiders and 11:11 Creative Collective, is an interactive light-art installation that reflects our new collective reality in function and form with two beautiful and elegant side by side waves of colorfully flowing LED tube lights.

Meter Pole Art

Artist: Jennifer Bentson-Gebel

Location: Broadway, Isabel St. & Glendale Ave.

On display through December 2023 

"Meter Pole Art" is a project that brings pop-up artworks to be wrapped around parking meter poles in Glendale. The artworks feature over 6 designs intended to expand public art in Glendale. 

California Love

Artist: Gooey

Location: Verdugo Skate Park (mural)

On display from September 2021 - September 2022 

California Love" is a temporary mural along the rims of the Verdugo Skate Park which celebrates diversity and a community, and creates a safe, fun space for people to not only skate, but to bond as a community.

Projected Visions

Artist: Ryan Griffin

On display nightly from May 31 - June 4, 2021 at 8pm

Maryland Ave. Parking Lot 4 (back wall of Alex Theater) 

What happens when an artist’s canvas reaches stories high beaming across the architecture? Artist Ryan Patrick Griffin engages in creative play and improvisation manifested through projected light, radically transforming the familiar. Here movements of the artist hand translate freestyle paintings and animations. Every night from May 31st - June 4th at 8:00pm, participants are invited to attend this live, interactive, digital art performance. To experience the work, viewers are invited to stand and/or bring a chair to sit in the Maryland Ave. Lot 4 Parking Lot to view the performance which will be projected on the back wall of Alex Theater. Please observe social distance and mask wearing guidelines.

USE IT TO DEFUSE IT (good luck with that)

Artist: Kate Sikorski

On display from March 15 - 31, 2021 (7pm-9pm)

With support from the City of Glendale Arts and Culture Commission and the University of California, Santa Barbara, artist Kate Sikorski will present USE IT TO DEFUSE IT (good luck with that) an interactive, site specific animation on the Reading Spa windows of the Glendale Central Library, March 15 - 31, 2021 (7pm-9pm). In this work, Sikorski treats site as form for metaphorical exploration; rendering some of the many cognitive distortions held by those in power. Sikorski's animated drawings hazard answers to how the violence of inequality is perpetuated by those with relatively more power. Viewers may recognize references to Derrick Bell’s Faces at the Bottom of the Well, Rainbow Bright’s Big Color Mix-Up episode, Alice and Wonderland, The Three Caballeros, Monty Python, Cinderella, and Little Nemo, and others. Her 12 act ballad of interactive animation will show nightly from 7 - 9 p.m., and is free to the public. To experience the work, viewers are invited to park in the library’s south parking lot as you would for a drive-in movie, or from the lawn of Central Park. Please observe social distance and mask wearing guidelines.