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 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.
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.
Getty Center Family Festival Celebrating The Caves of Dunhuang, Saturday, June 11, 10am-pm. Partners: Community Arts Resources, The Getty Center
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.
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.
Getty Center Family Festival Celebrating Art of Alchemy and The Shimmer of Gold, Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10am-pm. Partners: Community Arts Resources, The Getty Center
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
West Hollywood has been home to Russian Jewish immigrants for decades but gentrification is changing the demographics and creating tension. We connected by breaking bread together in a public bake. I invited bakers to make various important cultural breads like rye and a Russian celebration bread called Karavay. The flier we posted in advance of the festival can be seen here.