Public Programs

Public programs include individual artist talks, panels, short film screenings, and exhibition walkthroughs. Programs are organized to coincide with museum-curated exhibitions on view at Art + Practice.


Organized by CAAM and Art + Practice (A+P), the Points of Access series continues with a focus on artists and their need to build a sustained practice. In four public programs, CAAM and A+P welcome artists of all stages and genres to explore the many ways to navigate the art world at each point in their careers, and the lessons learned. Join us for the final program at CAAM, which will include an introduction to professionals in the field followed by a speed mentoring mixer. Mentors include Karen Atkinson, founder and creator of the artist-run company and art project, Getting Your Sh*t Together for Artists; Rosalyn Escobar, Grants Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Letitia Fernandez Ivins, Sr. Manager, Transportation Planning (Arts and Design) at Metro Art; Kyle Foster, Shopify LA; Pete Galindo, Founder of Civic Center Studios; Pauline Kamiyama, Director, Santa Fe Arts Commission; Karen Mack, Founder of LA Commons; Silas Munro, designer, author, artist and professor of Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design; Angelise Williams, Shopify LA and others.

December 12, 2019

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Artist Talk: Kenturah Davis

Join Art + Practice for an artist talk with Los Angeles, New Haven and Accra (Ghana)based artist Kenturah Davis. Through a multidisciplinary practice that includes drawings, textiles, sculpture and performances, Davis’ work uses text as a point of departure, exploring the fundamental role that language has in shaping human understanding. At A+P, Davis will discuss how her recent work has been influenced by thinking about ways of “seeing in the dark.” manifesting in text based drawings that are intentionally blurry and objects whose qualities are veiled in mystery to highlight an awareness of things at the edge of our perception.

January 8, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Artist Talk: Diedrick Brackens

Join Art + Practice for a talk with Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens. Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX) will discuss his practice of handweaving textiles to explore themes of Black and queer identity, and American history. Brackens will also describe his process of making his weavings and the techniques used—drawing from West African weaving, quilting from the American South, and the art of European-tapestry making—to create abstract and figurative works.

January 23, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Artist Talk: Lava Thomas

Join Art + Practice for an artist talk with Los Angeles-native artist Lava Thomas. Through a multidisciplinary practice that includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and site-specific installation, Thomas’s work considers notions of visibility, empowerment, and healing in the face of erasure, oppression, and trauma. At A+P, Thomas will discuss recent and new works that explore portraiture and memorialization through a black feminist lens.