The Art of Activism

Unsure about how to make your art into an activist statement? Or are you unsure of how to find art in your activism? The arts and activism often go hand-in-hand, but sometimes we struggle with the best way to combine and optimize the two.

Join Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles for a panel conversation on the relationship between arts and activism across diverse disciplines. We will be serving mimosas and hors d'oeuvres while you learn from our expert panelists the best practices on turning your art into activism - and vice versa.



Isis Avalos is a dancer, choreographer, teaching artist from South Texas, based in Los Angeles. Avalos received her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas where she trained intensely in Modern Release technique. Her origin of movement starts with her studio dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Flamenco and Folklorico as a young child. While she was a student at the University of Brownsville (UTRGV) she Co-lead the first Hip Hop dance group on campus. During her time at The University of North Texas she was a performing company member for Jose Zamora's, CholoRock Dance Theater, where she connected back to her Mexican roots of dance and found the intersections of Modern dance with her own heritage through Zamora's choreography. Her influences of Mexican regional (folk) dance, Modern release, Jazz, hip hop, and most recently House, create a vibrant and culturally-bold aesthetic to her movement.

Bamby Salcedo - TransLatina Coalition

Bamby is a national and international transgender Latina Woman who is pursuing a master’s degree in Latino/a Studies. Bamby is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latinxs in the US.

Bamby is currently developing the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multipurpose, multiservice space for transgender people in Los Angeles. Bamby’s remarkable and wide-ranging activist work has brought voice and visibility to not only the trans community, but also to the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration and Latin@ communities. Through her instinctive leadership, she has birthed several organizations that created community where there was none, and advocate for the rights, dignity, and humanity for those who have been without a voice. Bamby’s work as a collaborator and a connector through a variety of organizations reflects her skills in crossing various borders and boundaries and working in the intersection of multiple communities as well as the intersections of multiple
issues. Bamby has served and participated in many local, national and international organizations and planning groups. This work mediates intersections of race, gender, sexuality, age, social class, HIV+ status, immigration status and more.

Danice Cabanela - Artists in Office

Danice Cabanela is a Filipino American actor, writer, producer and activist. She is a co-founder of Artists in Office, an organization that empowers artists to get involved in leadership positions, and was a community leader and filmmaker within FilAm Creative's program for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017. Danice has also co-founded the Women of Color Writer's Army and is passionate about raising visibility for those who are underrepresented. She also aims to engage the artist as well as AAPI communities to keep showing up not just to their creative endeavors but also to the polls (and possibly run!). Representation matters.  Feel free to check out for more info. 

Moderator: Matt Kennedy - La Luz De Jesus Gallery

I've worked in almost every capacity in the arts and entertainment businesses. I've four-walled films theatrically, run street-level promotions, overseen the special features division at a micro-major, run the sales force for a mid-level music company, handled acquisitions, contracts and development for several boutique labels, and overseen the highest executive posts at a couple of special-product distributors. I've also done the lecture circuit and written columns on Contemporary art, Asian film, pop culture and motion picture marketing. I have curated museum exhibitions, and as director of the influential La Luz de Jesus Gallery help to set the public standard of emergent art in Los Angeles, and therefore the world.

You won't want to miss this inspiring conversation!

Tickets are $10 and inclusive of food, drink, networking opportunities and actionable takeaways!


May 20, 2017 at 10:30am - 1pm
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N Main St
Los Angeles , CA 90012
United States
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