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Little Tokyo Service Center Announces +LAB Artist Residency Program Fellows

The Fellows will create artworks and projects promoting community engagement and creative place-making strategies, focused around the theme of “Community Control and Self-Determination.”

Los Angeles, CA - Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) has announced the inagural group of  artists selected for its +LAB Artist Residency Program in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The following California-based artists were awarded three-month community-based residencies:

  • Susu Attar, Visual Artist, Los Angeles
  • Dan Kwong, Performance Artist, Los Angeles
  • Tina Takemoto, Visual Artist, Daly City
  • Kuniharu Yoshida, Traditional Artist, Torrance

The four Artist Fellows were chosen from a talented pool of 100+ candidates in an open call by a panel of professionals from the Little Tokyo community and the program’s partner organizations. They were chosen based on the strength of their artistic work and their demonstrated desire to work collaboratively within a community context and address issues related to LTSC’s mission of promoting “positive change for people and places.”

During their residency, the Fellows will create artworks and projects promoting community engagement and creative place-making strategies, focused around the theme of “Community Control and Self-Determination.” The residency program is designed to immerse artists in the experience of the Little Tokyo community by living at the Daimaru Hotel and creating art in Little Tokyo cultural institutions.

In a unique collaboration with LTSC, local arts organizations will co-host the Fellows as well as provide them with staff support, studio and workspace. Participating organizations include: the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, Sustainable Little Tokyo and Visual Communications.

The +LAB Artist Residency Program is funded by a Community Development Investments (CDI) grant from ArtPlace America. LTSC was one of six organizations selected for the program, which explores how community-based organizations—not previously focused on arts and culture—can make the arts a sustainable part of their work.

Contact: Mark Robbins, mrobbins@ltsc.org

Read more and access bios of the awardees at Little Tokyo Service Center's website here.