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Anna Wise. June 10th. Ford Theatres

I fell in love with Anna Wise in 2012 when a friend handed me a self-titled album by Sonnymoon. There were no photos, only artwork and that voice. By the time I hit Track 5 Watersboiled, I was all the way in. Since then, Anna Wise has continued to bloom as an artist with spectacular collaborations, her own solo work and a penchant for depth in her lyrics, sound and themes.

As a staunch supporter of independent artists in the entertainment industry, Anna is hands on with other mediums as well, creating works of video, photo and other various design to accompany her music. Anna also performs alongside her band, Sonnymoon, with whom she has released three albums, Golden Age, Sonnymoon, and The Courage of Present Times. Anna has shared the stage with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kimbra, The Roots and Flying Lotus.

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This year will mark my 3rd time returning to the Ford Theatres to produce a concert and I am THRILLED to feature GRAMMY-award winning Anna Wise. She'll bring her all-woman band from Brooklyn along with an opening set by Los Angeles producer and beatmaker, MNDSGN, and special guests including Durand Bernarr.  

Go As If will donate tickets and bus transportation to local LA non-profits as a way to remove obstacles (real and perceived) to high quality art experiences for underserved communities.

A generous matching grant from Modern Woodmen doubles your impact when you give >> bit.ly/GIVEMUSIC. Pay it forward when you give the gift of music and an unforgettable night to someone deserving.

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From March 28th until April 3rd, click the photo for super special private pre-sale details for this year's show at the historic Ford Theatres in Hollywood and pick from the best seats in the house!

Say it with your work | Welcome Blanket

The Welcome Blanket installation at Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

The best part of my work is the synchronicity that occurs without effort. Saying yes to life and enjoying the delight and fulfillment that comes from the sheer willingness to simply be open.

At the beginning of January, I was referred to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago in their search for a graphic designer to assist them with packaging design, part of the conclusion of their 5-month-long Welcome Blanket installation. They're looking for the best way to package over 3,000 blankets that people around the country were invited to make for newly-settled refugees and immigrants.

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Welcome Blanket is a participatory project by the Pussyhat Project's co-founder Jayna Zweiman that confronts issues around immigration and refugee resettlement through a tapestry of handmade blankets. The work explores how political activism can be “positive, creative, and collective.” 

Welcome Blanket is a crowd-sourced artistic action that called for over 3,000 blankets to be knit from 3,500,640 yards of yarn, a length equal to the proposed border wall dividing the United States and Mexico. Welcome Blanket invited participants to knit, crochet, or sew the blankets for new immigrants as well as for refugees seeking resettlement and send them with personal notes of welcome and stories of immigration to the Smart Museum of Art.

The project opened on July 18, in an empty gallery in the Museum which was quickly activated as a receiving station to sort and store the blankets. Blankets accumulated in the space over the run of the project, transforming it from a visually sparse site of potential action into a vibrant installation of handmade blankets. Throughout Welcome Blanket, visitors were invited to spend time knitting in the gallery or joining a series of public programs that took place over the fall, creating spaces for conversations around issues of human rights, immigration, and the legacy of artistic activism.

This Spring, the blankets will be distributed in coordination with immigration organizations and refugee resettlement agencies and other community partners around the country. I am humbled to have a small part in getting these love-filled blankets into the hands of thousands of our newest neighbors. Thank you, Jayna, and thank you, Smart Museum of Art!

 

Year in Review 2017

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At the beginning of this year, I launched Go As If: a production company that would carve a space for me to continue my work of developing inclusive, multi-generational arts + culture events.

By being a part of this journey, you’ve helped to spark collaboration, mentorship and increase access to the arts for people, young and old. Cheers to my creative community of musicians, artists and activists. Here are some of my favorite highlights from the year.

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Some People Are Artists. Some, Themselves, Are Art.

Photographer, Jaimie Milner, captured the beauty of the audience at Astral Progressions last month. Astounding beauty in every portrait. 

 
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About the photographer

Born and raised in Southern California, Jaimie Milner discovered photography through a high school elective. After high school, Milner attended the University of Southern California and received her Bachelors in Communication. In her studies at USC, she learned about the portrayal of race, gender and sexuality in the media and the effects it has on our society. It was then she realized she could have a direct influence on how people saw themselves and each other. Milner combined this new found knowledge and her love for the art of photography to capture the essence and stories of a people and their individual characteristics. Milner uses photographic portraiture as her primary medium by which she aspires to capture, empower and inspire the human spirit. 

Read an article from the LA Times about her work entitled, The Gifted Project >>>