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Art and luxury come together at Eden Gallery Dubai’s 1st

NEW YORK, 01 Feb. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eden Gallery Dubai, a luxury destination for contemporary art connoisseurs, is proud to celebrate its 1st anniversary. Located in the heart of Dubai, next to the iconic Burj Khalifa, the gallery boasts a lavish space of 11,000 square feet., with floor-to-ceiling artwork displayed in a modern design that allows the art to take center stage while providing visitors with a beautiful and inviting atmosphere. As one of the most exquisite galleries in the UAE, it is a must-visit for art enthusiasts visiting Dubai.

The gallery that redefines art and luxury

For more than 25 years, Eden Gallery has been exhibiting the works of renowned artists in leading locations worldwide. And now Eden Gallery has brought its expertise to the Middle East by opening Eden Gallery Dubai. This milestone anniversary is a year of curating the most extraordinary and diverse exhibitions, featuring the works of some of our time’s most exciting and innovative artists. From the bold and striking street art of Alec Monopoly to the vibrant and dynamic paintings of Eduardo Kobra, Eden Gallery Dubai offers a visual feast for art enthusiasts of all tastes. The gallery also delights in the exceptional works of additional talented artists, including Gal Yosef, Angelo Accardi, David Kracov, and many more.

In addition to these exhibitions, Eden Gallery Dubai also hosts several exclusive events throughout the year, offering visitors a unique opportunity to engage with the art and artists in a more personal and intimate setting. As they look forward to another year of bringing the best in contemporary art to Dubai, they invite everyone to join them in celebrating the 1st birthday of Eden Gallery Dubai.

Eden Gallery Dubai 1St Anniversary: ​​Exclusive events and art

Eden Gallery invites guests to mark their calendars and take part in a month-long celebration of FebruArt, a series of unique art events as part of their anniversary. Longtime collectors and art enthusiasts are invited to immerse themselves in the vibrant and colorful world of contemporary art at Eden Gallery Dubai. The gallery is located in The Dubai Mall on Fashion Avenue and is open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm. This is an opportunity for visitors to experience the epitome of luxury and art at Eden Gallery Dubai.

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Arlington Announces New PLACE Grant – Official Website of the Government of Arlington County Virginia

Published on January 31, 2023

Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Arlington Commission on the Arts are introducing the PLACE Grant, a new grant program that seeks to provide opportunities for artists, makers and performers from underserved and underrepresented communities. Applications are now being accepted until 28 April 2023.

The PLACE Grant, which stands for Promoting Local Arts and Community Equity, is a competitive grant program that will support community-initiated projects related to Arlington’s history, built environment and/or cultural heritage. The award reinforces the Arts Commission’s goals to promote cultural equity in Arlington for all and reinforces Arlington County’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

This award seeks proposals that are at the intersection of arts, culture and heritage to provide opportunities for communities that have had limited access to programming, education and other arts services. Arlington’s historic communities are a critical priority for this funding. Parties eligible to receive a Fiscal Year 2023 PLEK award include:

  • Individuals residing in Arlington County (PO boxes are not eligible).
  • Institutions, community groups and organizations that serve Arlingtonians and/or use historic property.
  • A citizen/citizen organization and/or homeowner’s association serving Arlington County.
  • A 501 (c) (3) organization in Arlington County.

How to apply

The application process is electronic via Slideroom. The application period is now open, and applications will be accepted until Friday, April 28, 2023. To complete this process, applicants will need access to a computer with the latest version of Adobe Reader software, Internet access, and the ability to send and to receive. emails. The Grants Office can assist applicants with limited computer access or who need help submitting an online application.

Please direct any requests for application assistance to [email protected]

About Arlington Cultural Affairs

Arlington Cultural Affairs is a division of Arlington Economic Development that delivers public activities and programs as Arlington Arts. Our mission is to create, support and promote the arts, connecting artists and community to reflect the diversity of Arlington. We do this by providing material support to artists and arts organizations in the form of grants, facilities and theater technology; integrating award-winning public art into our built environment; and presenting high-quality performing, literary, visual and new media programs across the County.

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Read how Lewisville Grand Theatre’s Arts Center manager turned her passion for the arts into a career |  Lewisville Leader

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Art of the City: Fedella Lizeth rediscovered her love of San Diego through a camera lens

Fedella Lizeth remembers a time, not so long ago, when she did not appreciate her hometown. Like many teenagers with a restless sense of displacement, she says growing up in San Diego sometimes felt unsatisfying and she dreamed of escaping to places like Costa Rica.

Then she got a camera.

“I was so anti-San Diego,” admits Lizeth on a rainy afternoon in her Logan Heights apartment. “But because I was somehow able to turn it around, I now have this deep love for it, and in return it also made me love all the flaws that I had or that I thought my family had. It all slowly disappeared the more I did it.”

Self portrait by San Diego photographer Fedella Lizeth

(Courtesy of Fedella Lizeth)

The “this” in question is her amazing photography practice. Finding a newfound appreciation for home or one’s hometown is not uncommon. Most of the time, though, it takes moving away to realize just how green the grass was back home. For Lizeth, however, it came with her exploration of her hometown. Camera in hand, the lifelong local began documenting aspects of San Diego culture that she felt often went unrecorded or unrecognized. From the people in her community to distinctive places that quietly define the local culture, Lizeth manages to capture an elemental essence, the defining characters and characteristics that make San Diego unique.

“I think it’s so important to just take a picture of anything, especially as changeable as this world is,” says Lizeth. “An image of a building can be so important because that building may not always look like that.”

This sense of specialness, and the sense that she is capturing a distinct moment in time, is especially evident in her portraits. She manages to capture a distinct sense of vulnerability in her subjects, despite most of the photographs being casual and unposed. She seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to capturing, in one click, the ethos and aura of a person.

“I’m still very shy to approach people like that, but if there is something or someone that needs to be photographed, I just have to do it,” says Lizeth. “And when I say ‘photograph them’, in my head I also say ‘celebrate them’ in a way. They are just being their natural selves. Maybe they go to the store, and they don’t even think of themselves that way. So when I ask to take their picture, they’re often like, ‘really?’ This is my way of telling the people around me that they are beautiful.”

"Payasa" by San Diego photographer Fedella Lizeth.

“Payasa” by San Diego photographer Fedella Lizeth.

(Courtesy of Fedella Lizeth)

One of the more interesting things to learn, and what makes her work all the more impressive, is that Lizeth shoots almost entirely on film. Using analog to produce or consume art has become more and more trendy and to shoot on film have something of a moment below those who grew up primarily taking photos on phones. However, Lizeth has been using film cameras for years and says she has never owned a digital camera other than the one on her phone.

“I got into the film early and it was great,” says Lizeth. “It used to be such a humbling process for me, but I just loved being physically involved with the camera. I had to know every little thing to get a good image: the exposure, the ISO (a camera’s sensitivity to light), the aperture – I had to know everything and if I didn’t have it, I could have a whole roll and find out later I didn’t turn it right in the camera.”

It’s a practice she perfected as a lifelong local. The daughter of an Italian mother and a Nicaraguan father, Lizeth found herself having to move around a lot after her parents divorced. As a teenager she says she gravitated towards documentaries and at 16 she received a book about street artist Banksy’s work and remembers feeling “excited” about the idea of ​​documenting street art.

“I really wanted to document graffiti, that was my first influence,” Lizeth recalls. “I wanted to be the photographer who finds these things, the ones that are sometimes hard to find. I took public transportation and I would just go out and try to find that stuff in San Diego.”

"Ranflas in Sunshine," a photo of trucks in Chicano Park by San Diego photographer Fedella Lizeth.

“Ranflas in Sunshine,” a photo of trucks in Chicano Park by San Diego photographer Fedella Lizeth.

(Courtesy of Fedella Lizeth)

This fascination morphed into a more all-encompassing outlook on documenting and photographing various aspects of San Diego culture.

“It was then that I realized that I really enjoyed documenting my city because I began to see my city in a different way than I ever had before,” says Lizeth. “I grew up moving around a lot. I’m very privileged in a sense, but I also grew up with inaccessibility to a lot of things. Food was difficult at times, I was homeless a few times and so I didn’t necessarily have that love for home because there really wasn’t a home for me in my head. But when I started taking more photography, I realized there were all these things I might be trying to look away from and dream of something else. All those things that were in front of me the whole time were just so beautiful.”

She began to see her passion pay off and began participating in group art exhibitions and projects of her work. Last year, several of her photos were included in “La Tierra Mia: A Chicano Park Story,” a photography book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic neighborhood park. She also had her work at “Clown’ Around Vol. 1,” a group show of femme/queer artists at Mixed Grounds Coffee in Barrio Logan.

Around the same time, she participated in “Eat, nevertheless,” a group exhibition at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights that centered on different aspects of Latino food, cuisine, and consumption. Lizeth’s piece, “If It’s Goya It Has to Be Mierda,” focused on popular Latin American food producer Goya Foods, as well as its controversial endorsements of right-wing candidates like Donald Trump.

“I just thought, ‘how can this company that represents the Latino community here support someone who actively discriminates against that community,'” says Lizeth, adding that she plans to do similar projects in the future. “I was angry and it was my first time trying to do something like that, a political thing.”

More recently, she was part of a group exhibition and series of workshops at Art Produce in North Park called “Electrification, Efficiency, Equity,” which centered on energy efficiency and its impact on workers and communities. Lizeth’s involvement in the project is further proof that she has come full circle to not only embrace her hometown, but now to help it through her art and activism.

“It blossomed into something where I am all about my city, my reality and what I have come to know,” says Lizeth. “And not even just mine. It’s a whole community that was out there that I wanted to see celebrated.”

Fedella Lizeth

Born: San Diego

Age: 23

Fun fact: When Lizeth first got into film photography, she says she often had to track down PDFs of scanned manuals for the cameras she used. “These days it’s popular enough that people can figure it out by watching a TikTok video,” she says.

Combs is a freelance writer.

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Kentucky barn quilts show community pride, artists say

Melissa Drury has a basement studio at her home where she pours her “heart and soul” into her passion – colorful barn quilt squares that decorate the sides of buildings across rural Kentucky.

Drury, a painter based out of Lawrenceburg, has been making barn quilt blocks for about three years after being inspired by the paintings on barns near her home. Now her works can be seen on buildings across the country, all inspired by Kentucky’s original barn quilt trail movement.

Barn quilts are an artistic tradition for many in the commonwealth and can be as varied in color, pattern and symbolism as the families they represent. And the painted versions of traditional quilts, Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Chris Cathers said, can bring communities together — they work together to create them, often in tandem with a cooperative extension office, and the finished products to proudly display a connection with culture and history.

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Explore Denver’s street art with Denver Graffiti Tour

Walk around the River North Art District (RiNo) in any direction for just a minute and you’re bound to see many sprawling murals plastered on the side of a building. You can spend hours wandering the district and still only see half of what is there RiNo has to offer. It’s true Denver Graffiti Tour (DGT) coknife in.

I’m So Bored With The USA Mural by Gregg Daniels

Denver Graffiti Tour takes customers on a two-hour walking tour of RiNo every Saturday and Sunday at 10 am. The tour stops to appreciate and learn about all the breathtaking murals and graffiti art. Hear details about the artist, the art and the history of the piece to provide a more in-depth and thoughtful experience than you would get on your own.

“We want to give an art class on street art to know the different types, but also to give the social, political and historical context of the art that you can’t always find on Google. We do the research, whether it’s talking to the artist directly, or just researching the hell out of it.” said Jana Novak, the co-owner of DGT. Novak is a freelance writer WHO start with DGT as a tour guide before being in the co-ownership position with Nick Fletcher in February 2022.

Jana Novak, Denver Art Graffiti Tours,

Photo Via Jana Novak On Facebook

Art is a catalyst for community, it is meant to bring us together and think about the world around us. Denver and the RiNo neighborhood specifically has deep historical ties to the Black and Latino communities. This is where street art comes in Denver began, and where it blossomed into what it is today.

The art that in RiNo is fascinating. Using the buildings as the canvas, creativity is unfettered, allowing for some of the most thought-provoking artwork in the state. Denver Graffiti Tour was the first tour of its kind in the Mile High City. Their history gives them an edge over their competitors as they have used that time to build deep roots in the community, watching the growth of this unique subculture. Community is also one of the core values ​​of the tour, as Novak talked at length about how they can help the neighborhood, and vice versa.

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Photo by Visit Denver Via Facebook

Street art is a mostly thankless art form. At a concert, the artist sees the fans cheering in the crowd. But with physical art, this is not always true. Because of this, an aspect of the business that DGT close to his heart, empowers the artists.

Since Novak and Fletcher took over, they have focused on doing everything they can to ensure that the artists get their fair share of the praise they deserve. “We try to spend a lot of time on our social media to do anything to help publicize their art… It’s been a big learning curve to take over a business, but we really orient the business to how we can help the artists, and what we can do for them,” Novak said. On their website, there is a tab for the artists who highlight their portfolio and social media and encourage people to support the artist by buying some of their work.

“One of the first things we did when we took over was really deep discounts on tours for schools and non-profit organizations,” says Novak. This move seemed to work as schools started coming DGT for excursions. During one tour, Novak recalled an instance when a kid who wanted to grow up to be a professional street artist came on the tour. They happened to ran into one of our artists here in the community and the artist spent all this time with him. He helped him come up with his graffiti artist name. So he had this great experience and will now go on and hopefully become a graffiti artist… Those are the experiences that make it all worth it.”

Denver Graffiti Tour presentations tours every weekend for which you can get tickets here. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. If the classic tour isn’t enough for you, there’s also a happy hour tour that takes a 30-minute break at a local brewery for you to purchase a refreshing ice-cold beer or cocktail.

DGT has a mission to show what Denver has to offer the world through street art and graffiti. This city’s street art is something to share with others, and DGT do everything in his power to express it. Through his efforts, they have been able to build a reputation in both the artist and neighborhood communities and continue to grow and expand. Remember to wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen if The one from Denver weather can be very unpredictable.

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Longmont Symphony Orchestra;  desalination plants – Longmont Times-Call

Longmont is fortunate to have Symphony Orchestra

On Saturday, January 21, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra 2,600 St. Vrain Valley School District welcomes fifth graders to a performance of selections from Saint-Saens “The Carnival of the Animals” narrated by Cameron Grant. Maestro Elliot Moore asked for a show of hands if it was their first time attending an orchestral concert. There was a tsunami of raised hands.

Collectively, the music ecosystem is known to generate rich social, cultural and economic benefits. Music is a universal gift, and its power to connect people is beyond doubt. It improves mental and physical health. It teaches teamwork and discipline. It has no restrictions on age or physical development. It celebrates and commemorates our lives.

This fact has long led to the LSO’s mission to provide the entire community with this basic need. The annual fifth grade concert is just one example of how that need is met. In addition to the LSO concert series, the LSO offers the following special events: the “Gentle Nutcracker” for those in our community who have special needs; the Fourth of July concert at Thompson Park; the smaller chamber concerts at the Senior Center and the museum. The LSO works with music teachers and other performing arts groups in the area to assist in their work to educate and entertain current and future generations about the value of music.

Longmont is very fortunate to have such an institution and the support of such dedicated musicians, donors and volunteers to help with this vitally important commitment. Support for the arts is critical to the health and well-being of a community.

Judith Watson, Longmont

Desalination could help with West’s water crisis

A recent Denver Post article published in the Times-Call provided opinions on ways to alleviate the Colorado River water crisis. Israel’s desalination success should be relevant. But that success is discounted on the grounds that agriculture uses the most water in the Colorado River Basin states, but that agriculture makes up only a small fraction of Israel’s economy.

In fact, the fraction of Israel’s GDP from agriculture is comparable to the Colorado River Basin states; about 2.4% for Israel and 2.9% for the seven basin states together. Currently, Israel has five large desalination plants that supply a total of approximately 475,000 acre-feet per year. Two more in development will increase that to more than 700,000.

Israel has demonstrated the ability to afford that level of desalination. The combined GDP of the seven basin states is more than nine times that of Israel. Therefore, the countries acting together must certainly be able to afford plants to produce three times (only one-third of the GDP ratio) the amount that Israel produces. That would be more than the 2 million acre-feet a year that federal officials say is needed to ease the crisis.

No new technology is needed. A plant rated at just over 300,000 acre-feet per year has been in service in Saudi Arabia since 2014. Seven of them, the same number as Israel has, would provide the 2 million acre-feet per year needed. There is plenty of room – California’s coastline is five times the length of Israel’s. All that is needed is the political will to build them. We have delayed too long.

Conservation and other constructive measures are good, but relying on lawyers to divide an inadequate water supply will not work in the long term. The overall water supply must be expanded. Desalination is the only proven way to do this.

Carl Brady, Frederick

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Erie Approves New Public Art Installation – Boulder Daily Camera

The Erie Board of Trustees welcomed a new live art installation as part of a public art program.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the installation by Dixie Friend Gay. Mayor Pro-tem Sara Loflin and Trustee Ari Harrison were not present.

Parks and Recreation Director Patrick Hammer said in March 2022, council and town staff began planning a public art program and the installation of an iconic piece of art in town. Amanda Golden, a managing principal of Designing Local, said Friend was selected from more than 100 submissions. Golden said town staff and community volunteers for the program felt Friend’s art most closely aligned with the vision and values ​​outlined for the installation.

Golden said that the installation needed to capture the essence of Erie, which includes local nature, the Front Range mountain view, a slow and steady lifestyle and an open heart; and includes Erie history. Golden also said that the art should be welcoming to all community members, be a natural extension of local nature, be vibrant and create opportunities for residents to connect.

The art installation consists of three abstract totem-like statues, made of organic forms and including natural elements.

“These items in the poles are symbols,” Golden said. “One thing that Dixie is interested in is going out into the community and incorporating symbols that are important to the community.”

The installation will be placed between the Erie Community Library and the Erie Community Center. The project is expected to cost $316,000. The arts program has $325,000 in its budget.

Downtown project

The council also looked at new paving, curbs and plantings along the town center as part of a project to beautify the town centre. Economic Development Manager Lucas Workman presented the downtown infrastructure project update Tuesday. He said the project will support the growth and vibrancy of downtown Erie.

Workman said the alleys immediately east and west of Briggs Street, from Cheesman Street to Moffat Street, will have streetscape and alley improvements. The intersection of Briggs Street and Cheesman Street will have curb extension improvements.

Some of the streetscape improvements include special finish concrete, upgrades to lights and pedestrian lights at intersections. Matt Wessel, of RockSol Consulting Group, which will complete the project, said that the results of community engagement from July 2021 show that tree planting is a priority for residents. The project will include trees and other plant spaces along Briggs Street.

Trustee Brandon Bell confirmed with Wessel that there will be traffic calming features along Briggs Street for both pedestrians and increased traffic near the post office on Wells Street. Mayor Justin Brooks said while the project update is only a discussion, he wants to make sure town staff communicates with downtown businesses since the construction will significantly affect them. Project construction is expected to begin in the winter.

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A ‘Mountain Mammoth’ Named Mashaal: Public art structure begins to take shape at Detroit Mountain – Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES – Visitors to Detroit Mountain Recreation Area this past weekend may have noticed construction happening near the children’s playground and Bunny Hill.

No, the 8x20x12-foot wooden structure isn’t a new platform for doing aerial acrobatics in the snow: Eventually, the structure will take the shape of a woolly mammoth, with a “fur” coat made up of sticks made from the forest has been collected. near.

This permanent piece of public art is designed to be interactive, according to Zach Schumack of the Leonic Collective, a group of artists from around the country responsible for creating the structure. Schumack and fellow Leonian artist Ian Molloy-Busse are also the duo that created the “Cave People” structures that were placed in the Detroit Lakes City Park late last month.

“We’ll put a ladder inside that bone,” Schumack said, pointing to one of the mammoth’s bones. “Kids can climb the ladder and be inside the belly of the beast, which will have a small playroom.”

Both Schumack and Molloy-Busse worked on the “Mountain Mammoth” on Friday, along with Leonian artists from Arkansas, Texas, British Columbia and North Carolina — and one local addition: Detroit Lakes Ice Palace creator Hans Gilsdorf, who was recruited to help with the project.

“I’m holding up the a– of a mammoth!” Gilsdorf joked as he and Molloy-Busse worked to anchor a piece of the structure in place.

Gilsdorf said he enjoys the process and the opportunity to interact with his fellow artist collaborators. “It was an absolute joy,” he said. “I’m learning a lot. These are very gracious, hardworking guys. Very creative and fun to be around.”

Artists Ian Molloy-Busse and Hans Gilsdorf work to anchor a piece of wood in place for the woolly giant public art piece being permanently installed at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area this month.

Vicki Gerdes / Detroit Lakes Tribune

While he would definitely classify himself as an artist now, Schumack said he actually got his start in construction. “I hated art classes as a kid,” he admitted. “I’m a 3D artist, not a 2D artist.”

But it was through owning his own construction company that he was exposed to building large-scale art projects, and he was hooked.

“It’s construction to me, but in a cooler way,” he said.

He got his start as an artist while working at the Somerset (Wis.) Music Festival, where he met another artist who would have a major influence on his work: Tigre Mashaal-Lively, who sadly passed away in October .

“I dedicate this sculpture to Tigre,” Schumack said, adding that the mammoth will be named Mashaal in their honor.

Schumack said that Mashaal-Lively made some amazing sculptures, using nothing more than a pile of sticks. In that vein, the “fur” coat of Mashaal the Mammoth will be made from sticks collected from the woods at Detroit Mountain. He and the giant sponsor Project 412 put out a call this past weekend asking for help to gather the sticks.

Amy Stoller Stearns, the executive director of Project 412, said her organization first learned of Schumack’s “Cave People” sculptures in need of a new home through a mutual friend of hers and Schumack’s, Brook Herzog. After meeting Schumack and getting to know him, she learned that building a full-scale woolly mammoth was one of his dream projects, and the rest is history.

“I think it’s exciting and fun,” she said of the sculpture. “This is a great new addition to Detroit Mountain.”

The entire project is expected to take about two weeks to complete. Visit the Project 412 Facebook page for updates.

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Tonya Ingram, LA poet and ‘lupus warrior’, dies at 31

Tonya Ingram, a beloved poet, mental health advocate, mainstay of Los Angeles’ close-knit performance poetry scene and self-described “lupus warrior,” who spoke candidly about her illness to thousands of online followers, died late last month at 31.

Her close friends and neighbors, Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez and Alyesha Wise, told The Times they found Ingram unresponsive during a well-being check at her apartment around noon on Dec. 30 after not hearing from her for several days. did not hear her. The poets announced her death in an Instagram post on New Year’s Day. “There are not many people like Tonya, with a heart and energy like hers. And we will love our little sister forever,” Hernandez’s post read.

Ingram has published three books of poetry, including “Growl and Snare” (2013), “Another Black Girl Miracle” (2017) and “How to Survive Today” (2019). Much of her writing, published in outlets ranging from Vice to BuzzFeed to the New York Times, has surrounded themes of chronic illness, black girlhood, love and mental health awareness.

Since her death, close friends and supporters have flocked to Instagram, sharing posts about the impact of her friendship and her poetry on their lives. With over 20,000 followers, Ingram has shared her journey through illness along with her poetry.

Born in Cincinnati and raised in the Bronx, Ingram got her start as a youth poet in New York City, where she was also a founding member of SLAM! at New York University with poet and classmate Safia Elhillo. She traveled and performed widely during her twenties, competing as a spoken word artist in college slams; several of her recorded performances reach hundreds of thousands of viewers.

But it was in LA that Ingram found her tribe, after moving west to earn a master of fine arts at Otis College of Art and Design. She became a regular at Da Poetry Lounge in West Hollywood, where Wise and Hernandez help co-host one of the country’s largest weekly open mics. She toured with DPL’s national slam team (fellow alums include Yesika Salgado) and quickly established herself as a leading voice in LA’s performance community.

From left: Alyesha Wise, Matthew ‘Cuban’ Hernandez, Tonya Ingram, Poetic Moment, Jasmine Williams and Kito Fortune.

(Jireh Deng)

Until her death, she continued to organize and plan public events, including the “Poetry in Color” series in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “Poetry in Color” launched in 2020 and features poets who have written pieces inspired by public art at LACMA. Ingram’s goal was to make both poetry and art accessible to larger audiences.

Her death also shook a following that had gathered around her disability and mental health advocacy. She didn’t hesitate express her opinions about the flaws of an American medical system that left her and thousands of other transplant hopefuls waiting for organ donors. In 2020, Ingram went live on Zoom with Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) to discuss errors and mismanagement among organizations charged with procuring donated organs.

Ingram was on the kidney donor waiting list for three years. In an interview, Hernandez said he believed her death was preventable. Ingram’s last Instagram post shared with her followers that she was struggling to breathe. In the months before her death, her hospital visits became more frequent and urgent. Hernandez and Wise said she was sometimes sent home before she fully recovered.

Hernandez said the medical industry was “nothing short of dereliction of duty” even as Ingram’s complications increased. “She was tired.”

Ingram has prioritized peace and quiet in recent years, according to Wise. “We were both always on the train, bustling and constantly moving [in our youth], so our snail life was well deserved,” Wise said in an interview. “We talked about [how]as black women in this world at this time, we deserve to have that.”

For a self-described introvert with a debilitating illness, Ingram was a persistent and vibrant presence across the city. She sported a dinosaur costume to match her nickname, “Tonya-saurus Rex,” and some of her social media posts showed her dancing around the living room in it. In recent years, she has learned to surf, and she has been an active participant in outdoor collectives for people of color, such as Color the water and AdventureCrewwhich brings visibility to Black and brown people who enjoy nature and wildlife, including in an advertising campaign for Nike. Among the awards listed in her bio, Ingram noted that she was a winner on “The Price Is Right.”

Hernandez and Wise, who are married, had Ingram as a roommate for three years and then a neighbor across the street. On their frequent walks in North Hollywood, Ingram often talked with Wise about wanting to fall deeply in love, grow a family. Dream projects included a movement to bring poetry and art to very sick hospital patients and other, even higher aspirations.

“She wanted to be abducted by aliens,” Wise recalled. “She also said that as soon as she gets her kidney, she wants to leave the country. She wanted to go to Europe.”

Hernandez and Wise are handling funeral arrangements for Ingram, who shared with them her wish to have a green funeral under a tree. Family and friends are raise funds to have her buried on the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery under a California Oak. With these funds, Hernandez and Wise plan to fly Ingram’s family from Cincinnati and Brooklyn, NY for the ceremony scheduled for January 27.

So far, the two have raised about $30,000, which covers the costs associated with her funeral. They are still taking donations, hoping to build a trust to send Ingram’s 15-year-old younger sister to college, maintain her published and unpublished work and advocate for improvements to organ donor programs.

In a recent episode of the podcast “So Life Wants You Dead,” recorded in July 2022, Ingram spoke candidly with host Nora Logan about the medical discrimination she faced as a dark-skinned black woman – and also about how to learn to the possibility of her own death.

“I do not invite death, but I am not afraid of it. Which means when it’s time, I’m at peace with it,” Tonya said. “I’m not afraid of it … I just have such a deep peace knowing that this body will rest.”

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