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Good morning, dear neighbors, artists, collaborators, community partners, and supporters of arts in Skid Row,

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Aboriginal activists group

Welcome to the third Doodles Without Borders newsletter!

You may be receiving this email, because you used to receive monthly Studio 526 Skid Row Community Arts Calendar emails. This newsletter will take on the role of sharing some arts events in Skid Row neighborhood (printable calendar starting in next newsletter!), and doodle up some of it's own ideas, too. If you no longer want to receive the emails, you can  unsubscribe using link at the bottom of the email.

- Indigenous People's Day
- 11th Annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists
- August/September/October Birthdays
- Arts and Community in Skid Row: online and in-person
- Vote and Organize Locally: BLM LA recommendations
- Liberation Globally: Standing with Armenia and Artsakh

On this Indigenous People's Day marked in many parts of North American continent today, let us stand together with Indigenous people across the continent who ask for "Lands Back!" (as seen on a writing board behind Charles Sepulveda, who was discussing this demand during last week's UCLA Institute on Inequality and Democracy's Abolition on Stolen Lands event). And let us allow our imaginations take us to what it means to align with this demand in our own work, and for ourselves as human beings, for our collective liberation.

In Skid Row neighborhood, where the bullshit of capitalism, racism, imperialism, and settler colonialism of our entire country is both reflected, and conquered every day by humanity, survival know-how, and collective work of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), poor, and other oppressed folks every day; in Skid Row there are always a bunch of arts and cultural activities coming up.
Here are a few of them:

1) 11th Annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists - Virtually!
The Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct 17th, 4:30-6:30pm online, with opportunities to watch online as well as in person at Gladys Park, and with collaborative painting happening at Studio 526. More information on this facebook event page.

2) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all the August, September, and October Babies! That's a LOT of people to list, so a shout out to one regular to embody birthday wishes to all the rest of you born this month: Happy Birthday, Gary Painton! the Studio 526 Arts Jam is on hold, but here as a gift is a glimpse of Arts Jam!

3) Skid Row Arts/Community ONLINE: Check out Arts TV Guide for online Skid Row focused arts activities and workshops, from LA Poverty Department, Street Symphony, and Urban Voices Project to Piece-by-Piece and LACAN's Culture Hour!

4) Skid Row Arts/Community IN PERSON: 
a) UCEPP at the parks on Fridays, 11:30-1pm. One week at Gladys Park and next week at San Julian Park. Good music, good food, good people. 
b) LACAN in Person (838 E. 6th St) - Wellness Wednesdays 12-2pm; Sundays Strong 12-2pm. Follow them online here. Frontline support to neighborhood residents (while city, state, and country officials continue to distribute racial and economic violence via policies that increase inequality).
c) Studio 526 is OPEN. Visual Arts side is already open and Music Room will reopen on October 26th (follow the links for the flyers). Enrollment: Already enrolled artists are welcome to stop by Mon-Fri 12-4:30pm to sign up for a future slot, or get situated immediately, if a spot is available. For NEW ARTISTS, orientations are coming up on Tuesdays Oct 13th and 27th, 10-11am. Please RSVP in person or with Dakarai at as space is limited.
Location: 526 San Pedro St, 90013

Also in Doodling Without Borders:

ELECTIONS ARE COMING UP, and while the first call is always to ORGANIZE for abolitionist-minded liberation, it can Organizing to VOTE within it. For LA County voters, here's Black Lives Matter LA's Voting Guide.

LIBERATION Globally. On this Indigenous People's Day, extending the call for "Lands Back!" globally. Today for me--as an immigrant from Armenia--that rings very close to home. Today I invite you to join me in being with Artsakh and Armenia against Azeri-Turkish state aggression. For self-determination and against expansionist territorial claims. #ArtsakhStrong
Quoting Glendale Tenants Union's statement (follow statement link for more info and ways to support) on the subject, "We see wars, destruction of homelands, genocides, and genocidal plans as part of the same pattern [of housing instability and displacement], but on a larger scale. We organize and defend our rights so that these experiences will not continue repeating themselves." 


See you at the Festival for All Skid Row Artists! 
Stay safe, stay connected, stay creative!

Hayk Makhmuryan
(pronouns: he/they (what's this?)
Art Worker, Community Organizer
equitable access to arts, cultural, and social spaces is a fundamental human right.
love the people, decommodify life

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