Community Outreach

The rewards of artistic creation are many.  

The joy and sense of accomplishment are paramount.

But two vital reasons for maintaining SoLA Contemporary’s art education programs are the stress and anxiety reducing effects and the building of community that results from experiencing the creative process.

Art making provides a retreat from burdensome stress by tapping into the part of the mind that is non-judgmental. When this happens, a “flow state” may be achieved where one is totally absorbed by the task at hand. The mind is distracted from everyday stresses, dwelling in the present, while it simultaneously expands and interacts with the world through a different mental framework. Through the process of making art, attention is strengthened, strategic thinking skills are developed, a sense of accomplishment is gained and complex feelings and personal meanings are supported and expressed.

There are many aspects of art making that can build community and promote connections. Racial, religious, socio-economic stereotypes barriers and prejudices are put aside as one learns to appreciate the expressive contributions of different cultures. The art maker is open to new relationships and can experience a broader sense of belonging. In a classroom setting everyone is learning, problem solving and given the opportunity to train the mind to be more open and empathetic. Art and creative practice supports the future of our local and global community.

Linda Jo Russell, Art Education Chair

Community Quilt Project: “We Are Home” 

Calendar 2021

June 5 – Sept 8:  On Display at the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster:  closes September 8

October 10:  Quilt making Workshops Free (in person) at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro: Sunday from 10am to 3:00pm on the Angels Gate campus.  To RSVP please follow this link:  Quilt Block Workshop RSVP

  • If you would like to participate remotely at home to create your 12×12 inch quilt square,  please mail completed quilt square with your contact information to:  Quilt, SoLA Contemporary, 815 North LaBrea Ave, LA, CA 90302.

November 1 – 20:  On display at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro

December 4 – 18: On display at SoLA Contemporary, South Los Angeles

November 29 – December 18:  Online Auction of quilt squares

December 20, 21, 22Pick up of bids – quilt squares at SoLA  11 am – 4 pm

The Quilt Project

SoLA Contemporary, in partnership with Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro,  https://www.angelsgateart.org/ will be conducting free workshops on quilt block making in person on Sunday October 10.   Workshops ongoing between 10 and 3 pm on Angels Gate Campus.  RSVP will be through Angels Gate.  Created blocks will be added to a monumental quilt already in process displayed in building G from November 1-20.  Linda Jo Russell will lead workshops with assistance from artists Charity Malin and Peggy Sivert.  Participants are encouraged to bring along meaningful materials to the workshop based on the theme “We are Home”.  Sewing tools and other materials will be provided.  Those who want to donate their blocks to SoLA’s charity auction to support organizations that care for the unsheltered will be greatly appreciated.

All ideas of “Home” are acceptable. A quilt represents shelter, nurturing, protection and much more.  Your individual uniqueness contributes to the collective whole and therefore the community.  We highly encourage you to participate in this endeavor as every small, individual act of creating contributes to a larger and higher purpose.

Our goal is to collect as many blocks for the quilt(s) as possible, to catalogue them and exhibit the assembled quilts at the SoLA and participating organizations. At the end of touring, the quilts will be online auctioned and all proceeds will be donated to organizations that care for the unsheltered.  We appreciate your donation and effort to help heal our community.