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The Fact That Changed Everything: Jon Vidar and Tiziano Project

"We leave with friends in these communities and with stories that would never have been told otherwise.”

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The Fact That Changed Everything: Deborah Marrow and the Getty Foundation

“We realized that audiences are changing, but what about the staffs of the cultural institutions? They weren’t very diverse."

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The Fact That Changed Everything: Bob Bates and Inner-City Arts

For Bates, students are not just a set of standardized testing scores to be monitored. Each child has a heart and mind with unlimited potential.


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At 40, arts teacher Bob Bates was still unsure what to do with his life. The artistic director for Para Los Ninos, a Los Angeles non-profit that caters to at-risk youth, Bates took to meditation to find clarity.

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Recipes for Living: Making It Features Tips from L.A.'s Most Famous DIY Couple

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen think things like learning how to make your own household cleaners and keepin your own bees can help transform the world.

Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne exude the warm confidence you might expect from a couple who shares their Los Angeles home with chickens. Best known to many as Mr. and Mrs. Homegrown on their popular blog Root Simple, Knutzen and Coyne have spent years passing along their wit and wisdom on urban homesteading issues and beyond to eager, enthusiastic readers. Now they're the authors of Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, a cookbook-style DIY manual that covers everything from making your own household cleaner to keeping your own bees.

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Tour L.A.'s Real Art in the Streets

The blocks that surround MOCA's street art exhibition are filled with an ad hoc gallery of exuberant public art, thanks to a group called LA Freewalls

Long before MOCA's Art in the Streets show opened, Los Angeles's Downtown Arts District already had more than a few monumental works of street art on display with a little help from a group named LA Freewalls. Anyone can see this art in its natural environment for free, but this Saturday at Bloomfest LA, a guided tour of the neighborhood's many elaborately embellished industrial buildings will be led by Daniel Lahoda, curator of LA Freewalls.

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How to Paddle the Los Angeles River

Starting in July, a new program might allow kayak trips along the L.A. River. But it needs public support to make it happen. Here's how you can help.

We were among the voices that cheered last year as the Federal Environmental Protection Agency overruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and declared the whole Los Angeles River navigable and protected by the Clean Water Act. But according to environmentalists, that was only half the battle. "The Clean Water Act was about protecting the water and the watershed, but it didn’t address the issue of public access to the river," says George Wolfe.

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