Cesar Chavez National Monument

I was honored to have been asked to create the commemorative poster for the Cesar Chavez National Monument Inauguration as a National Monument. Worked with Paul Chavez, Arturo Rodriguez and my good friend Alfonso Trujillo on getting the design and 10,000 copies of the posters done in a few days. Here is an image of the final poster and some shots from the day. President Obama himself oversaw the ceremony. I volunteered and ended up checking in the VIP. Some people in attendance beside many members of the Chavez family and 7,000 supporters were Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Mayor Marie Lopez, LA City Controller Wendy Greuel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and many others. Governor Brown was uninvited. No Joke.

Stepping Up

Stepping Up reception and open house for the SEIU/ULTCW new headquarters will be Friday, June 22nd, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

UTLCW is located at 2910 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057

Participating artist: Oscar Magallanes, Aniekan Udofia, Malik Seneferu, Dana Ellyn, Yvette Brown, Jack Eastgate, Keba Konte, Paul Barron, Kee Na Romano & Ashley Arnold, and Rosa & Lila Maes De Anda.

Levitt Pavilion Calendar Cover

When I was 15 I started driving out to LA from Azusa. I had just been accepted into Ryman Arts. At the time classes where held at the original Otis campus which is across the street from Macarthur Park. That campus is now Charles White Elementary. For a year and a half I received art instruction by some amazing artist as well as having guest artist like Kent Twitchell stopping by. It was the first time I had any art instruction and the first time someone told me I could be an artist. This along with my first real venturing into the city and especially into the Westlake area in the early 90′s would make it one of the most pivotal times of my life.

So when the great folks over at the Levitt Pavilion asked me to design their calendar cover I immediately said yes. Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park is a 501c3. Founded in 2007 to restore the historic band shell in MacArthur Park and present 50 free summer concerts annually in order to make live music and the arts accessible to all.

Here is a preview of the calendar.