The Facing Project was launched by the USAC Community Service Commission in order to create awareness in the UCLA community about the challenges and social stigmas faced by marginalized communities through the art of storytelling. Each year, the Facing Project gathers writers and storytellers in order to create a book that talks about the experiences of the community the group has chosen to focus on. The editor-in-chief, Nicolette Olson, told us more about the Facing Project’s newest book centered on LGBTQ+ stories.
Queer punk band PWR BTTM’s fast ascent to fame within the DIY and LGBTQIA+ communities has just as speedily turned into a sharp downfall. Known for providing queer youth with a much-needed safe and supportive space in which to escape an often queerphobic mainstream society, the band has become the subject of quickly developing and highly publicized sexual assault accusations.
To have Coste Lewis read at the MOCA during Marshall’s retrospective was monumental. In her opening remarks, Lewis alluded to this fact, pointing out that the celebration of Black artists within a hegemonically white space when such a concept would not have been possible until very recently.
The movie shown by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Center aimed to push back against the manipulation of Joan of Arc’s legacy for xenophobic purposes, and to show audiences who Joan truly was.
7 years old and i am
jagged fingernails bitten down
to the flesh, pink and raw.
my mother wraps bandages around my fingers
to protect me from my own mouth.
This album stands as a reminder that we will not stand by while communities are threatened.
The Indigenous people of America view corn as a sacred item, which inspired the name of the East Los Angeles collective Mujeres de Maiz, or “Women of Corn.” After 20 years of artivism, the group is celebrating with an exhibit at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, entitled “Mujeres de Maiz: 20 years of ARTivism and Herstory en L.A.”
21 years later, Tori Amos’ epic album “Boys for Pele” remains as relevant as ever. An 18-song cycle through which Amos examines love and religion in a world dominated by patriarchal norms, “Boys for Pele” uses the feminine as a weapon excision against misogyny and sexism.
Check out the events FEM’s Arts and Creative staff is looking forward to in the next two weeks.
For the panelists, LA’s queer punk scene continues to offer a space for self-creation and self-knowledge, an environment for exploring one’s identity and helping others do the same.