Silk Road Supper Collective Dinner, May 2019. Photo credit Leah Choi @leahchoiphoto

Instructor, Otis School of Art and Design Creative Action Department

COAST Santa Monica Festival 2018: The 100-Foot Table

In partnership with Community Arts Resources (CARS), The City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles Food Policy Council Executive Director Clare Fox and artist Marianne Sadowski

Arts intensive curriculum design with the Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program

This month-long intensive arts program designed by Leyna Lightman immersed a group of ten teenagers in the Los Angeles contemporary arts landscape. Working artists, ceramicists, photographers, painters and designers guided the teens in a series of workshops at the South Central Gang Reduction and Youth Development community center. The experience culminated with a 40-foot mural on a wall of a local elementary school.

Heirloom Corn Workshop at Blue Sky Center for Sustainable Living

An Evening at the Craft and Folk Art Museum From Earth, to Farm, to Grain, to Table

Led by artist Leyna Lightman,  an eclectic group of makers gathers to lead participants in activating every part of a single local farm. We will learn about harvesting grain, foraging clay, baking bread, beer brewing, and creating their ceramic pieces. We're even using the clay the grain grew in to make vessels for baking bread. This event is a one-time evening thing, but the relationships between the players are deeply inspiring and compelling.

Dinner for sixty at Blue Roof Studios celebrating Big City Forum

Dinner designed and curated by Leyna Lightman. Food by Root Down LA, Kandarian Organic Farms-grown Emmer Wheat three ways (beer, bread and grain salads) by Craftsman Brewing and Ceor Baking.


Vision Zero Roscoe public art activation in collaboration with Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Pacoima Beautiful, Kaiser Permanente and Cottonwood Farm

A week-long, “intervention” in a neighborhood plagued by traffic death. I designed programs to give the neighborhood a chance for expression and healing. Commissioned by Los Angeles Department of Transportation.


Mini-residency at Pacoima City Hall, April, Local Food: Then and Now. Partners: Big City Forum, Mia Wasilevich

This series of free workshops in Pacoima invited neighbors to back up in time and explore the foods that grew in the area hundreds of years ago. The city is home to an underserved population and is considered a food desert and these conversations and sensorial experiences gave us the opportunity to explore the genesis of food injustice in our lives.

Nibble on your Neighborhood Partners: Craft and Folk Art MuseumJosey BakerMia Wasilevich, 

This one-night program united local expert food foragers, renowned paper-makers, a wild yeast brewer and a wild yeast baker for a awesome night of activating wild food in multiple ways. Press coverage from Vice Muchies here.


Bike and Brew Partner: The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

The public brewed a communal pot of beer in the museum galleries. We powered the burner with homemade electricity by biking. Local hop farmers brought long hop bines to the event and we touched and smelled them and talked to the growers. We also popped fresh hops right into the brew.

Curriculum Design, Micheltorena Elementary School and Community Garden


West Hollywood Public Bread Bake and Community Festival Partners: Community Arts Resources, City of West Hollywood Eastside Community

In the Grain Pit with Big City Forum Partners: Big City Forum and Elysian

Heirloom Grain and Brew Dinner Partner: Maximiliano Highland ParkCraftsman BrewingHighland Park BreweryFarmer Mai NguyenMark Stambler



Founding Member, California Grain Campaign

Advocate and Creative Director, Painted Brain