Artifact Gallery, an art forum, is located at the Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA) in the city of Hawthorne. It first opened its doors as an educational classroom in July of 2007. Since its inception it has hosted various workshops, served as an exhibit gallery, an installation space as well as an art forum for the community of Southern California. Most recently the Artifact Gallery hosted through the UCLArts and Healing, a two day program entitled “MUSIC FOR THE SOUL” for more information go to www.uclaartsandhealing.net.
The Artifact Galleryis an educational classroom conducting daily music, art, drama and movement classes for currently enrolled CECA students. The space is also used to host workshops on bi-monthly basis. These workshops are open to currently enrolled Arts & Services for Disabled Inc. (ASD) students including TAPII, EPI, ART and the CECA programs. Members of the local community of Gardena, Lawndale and Hawthorne are also invited to participate in the many classes that are offered throughout the year. Different workshops are available for minimal material fees ranging from three to five dollars per workshop.
One way we promote our students as community leaders as well as professional artists is by facilitating opportunities for different students at ASD to be Teacher Assistants which could include but not limited to: assisting in class set-up and breakdown, handing and collecting materials or supplies, by demonstrating various techniques, critiquing, etc. As assistants, students would earn a portion of the material fee. This opportunity encourages vocational training as well as compensates students with earned wages.
Also locally established installation sculptors are invited to install original work twice a year. This partnership gives selected ASD students experience as an Artist Assistant for professionals outside the direct and immediate ASD installing and creative process.
ASD holds two shows a year in the Artifact space. Students and staff take on the complete responsibility of the exhibit. This enables ASD staff to continue to grow as professionals, as well as present an array of creative solutions and points of view while the students continue to explore different work opportunities and heighten their vocational art skills. Traditional opening receptions invite the community to regard CECA and Artifact as an art destination, increasing the art radius within Los Angeles.
Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc., continues to support students in progressive and inventive ways. Artifact is a way for us to merge and collaborate with the talents of Los Angeles and to develop or enrich other existing art programs. There are endless possibilities for Artifact to promote the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities as well as enhancing the surrounding communities.
For additional information and to attend a workshop, contact:
Erin Haley, CECA Program Director at (310) 970-9945.