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Paint The Mic

  • 3000 South Hill Street Los Angeles, CA, 90007 United States (map)
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Paint the Mic is an artistic initiative between professional visual and performing artists who are masters of their craft. Poets, painters, and performers are paired together to work in collaboration to create original thought provoking pieces of art. The result is a red carpet event, where a night of compelling performances and an audience completely immersed in art, is followed by an unforgettable after party.

Originally created in 2007 by Goya Robles, Paint the Mic was born from a need to push the boundaries of expression of what we call the Artist. By giving poets and painters a platform to create original work, it has evolved to include various forms of artistic creation, all for the primary goal of raising money and resources for local philanthropic organizations whose mission is to serve our community.

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4:00 PM16:00

Marciano Art Foundation with Eka Ekong + Homeboy Industries Dec 12


Join us at the Marciano Art Foundation on December 12, 4-7pm for the upcoming TINAG event!


The event will be co-hosted between Cara Levine, Eka Ekong and Homeboy Industries.

Levine, the founder of #thisisnotagun, is an artist and educator working in Los Angeles CA. Ekong is a writer, activist and Internationally renowned yoga teacher. She is the editor in chief of WOKE. Magazine, a periodical focused on bringing wellness, yoga and social change to diverse communities.

Homeboy Industries is the largest and preeminent gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy offers an “exit ramp” for those stuck in a cycle of violence and incarceration, helping them develop the strength and skills to transform their lives and become contributing members of society. The organization's holistic approach, with free services and programs, supports nearly 9000 men and women a year as they work to overcome their pasts, reimagine their futures, and break the intergenerational cycle of gang violence. Therapeutic and educational offerings (case management, counseling, and classes), practical services (e.g., tattoo removal, work readiness, and legal assistance), and job training-focused business (e.g., Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café & Catering, and Homeboy Electronics Recycling) provide healing alternatives to gang life, while creating more inclusive and healthier communities.

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3:00 PM15:00

Berkeley Art Museum Cara Levine + Ekaette Ekong 12-2


This Is Not a Gun: Ceramic Workshop with Cara Levine + Eka Ekong

Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

A sandwich is not a gun. A hairbrush is not a gun. A wallet is not a gun. In this workshop, artist Cara Levine encourages participants to give presence to objects that have been mistaken for guns by police officers in civilian shootings, calling out their not-gun-ness by sculpting their shapes in clay. The gathering, cohosted by Ekaette Ekong, founder of Woke Magazine, offers a nonjudgmental space to site the issues of this historically dense and complicated crisis within our own bodies and stories.

Cara Levine lives in Los Angeles. She is an artist exploring the intersections of the physical, metaphysical, traumatic, and illusionary through sculpture, video, and socially engaged practice. She is currently a lecturer on the sculpture faculty at Otis College and an instructor at Exceptional Children’s Foundation in Inglewood, California, working with adults with developmental disabilities. She received her MFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2012. Levine’s work has been exhibited at venues including the Wattis Center for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, YoungArts Miami, Art Basel, and the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.

Ekaette Ekong, from As a dedicated student, I have studied various yoga traditions(Ashtanga, Bhakti, Anusara), with my primary focuses being Ayurveda, Yogic Philosophy, and Hatha practices. In 2007, while completing the YogaWorks 500hr Professional Program, I met my current teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and began studying ParaYoga (Tantra/Sri Vidya lineage). In 2015, I completed my Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor training.  I am Yoga Alliance registered at the E-RYT 500 level, YogaWorks certified, and lead 200 and 300-hour level teacher trainings, workshops and retreats around the world. My classes are an intentional intermingling of ParaYoga, Hatha, Philosophy and Ayurveda with principles of mindful sequencing and alignment awareness, to help the practitioner feel at ease in their bodies and at home within themselves.

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