From the abstract to the narrative in mediums from photography and painting to sculpture, site-specific installation and street art, in context each contributes to an intuitive, profound understanding of the array of experiences and emotions surrounding mental health, mental illness and paths to wellness.
But it’s the exceptionally salient and eclectic slate of public programs that really activate the promised Festival of Wellbeing at the core of the WE RISE mission. Every single day brings multiple public engagements, from concerts to poetry slams, silk-screening sessions to independent DJs, group stress relief, and profound panel conversations centering on progressive, on-the-ground policy-making.
All art installations and programs are free and open to the public.
WE RISE L.A. happens at 1262 Palmetto St. in downtown from Saturday, May 18 through Monday, May 27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends (including Memorial Day), and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. weekdays.
Schedule of Events
Part massive interdisciplinary art exhibition, part civic and policy-minded symposium, part public health festival, part community meet-up spot, WE RISE LA is all of these things and more. A ten-day pop-up exposition in a gorgeous brick and glass Arts District development, the 2019 edition of this cross-platform mental well-being happening promises a variety of experiences from the esoteric to the educational, inspirational, and pragmatic.
Picture this: Three writers nervously read excerpts from works in progress in front of a panel of three veteran writers who offer instant advice. "The only catch is that these master writers may not be exactly sober," note the organizers of ongoing series Drunken Masters: Poetry.
Amber Tamblyn’s latest publication is a multipronged, multilayered Swiss Army knife of a book that unfolds like a beautiful flower spiked with poisonous stingers.On the one hand, Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution (Crown Archetype) is a fervent call to arms to women and their curious if confused male allies, a heartfelt public exhortation and savvy instructional primer about how to navigate the emotional minefields and institutionalized barriers that prevent women from achieving genuine equality in the workplace and the arts.
For those who crave to hear more artistically ambitious poetry and short fiction performed live, there are a dizzying variety of places where subtle wordplay is appreciated, although one sometimes has to search carefully to discern the more adventurous and experimental spoken-word artisans amid the overriding clamor of actor types and comedians manqué shouting over one another in telling their personal anecdotes at generic storytelling events.
The folks who've organized the group reading "Put Your Suicide on Hold" understand that the commiseration of like-minded souls is often the best way to stave off despair. The lineup includes longtime punk performer Iris Berry, who has overcome her past addictions through the salvation of storytelling, and TSOL lead singer Jack Grisham, whose anti-memoir An American Demon ditched the typical rock-bio format in lieu of a more dangerously provocative and richly unsettling glimpse into his raw, unfiltered soul.