On April 23rd, I was thrilled to unveil that Natalie Franco, internationally renowned photographer, had graciously agreed to become a resident artist of 30 Miles East. In addition to Natalie, Blas Perez, Matthew Chism, Francesca Bifulco and Carlo Garduno have found a home here on my web site. Since the launch of 30 Miles East, I have been frequently asked the question, what is a “resident artist”? The internet definition of a resident artist is: ” A program or residency opportunity that exists to invite artists, academicians, curators, and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. They provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and/or production”. It’s rare, but I agree with internet here. While I cannot offer monetary compensation, grants or a brick and mortar space, I am able to provide talented artists who utilize various mediums the chance to showcase their artwork in an never-ending online exhibit. Whether it is music, canvas art, photography, digital production, film, writing, performing arts, or any other creative medium, I want to showcase it. Especially for those who reside outside of Los Angeles, who might otherwise get overlooked in an incredibly saturated metropolis.
My website is still a baby in the blogging world, however, my traffic statistics show that the external community, in and outside of Los Angeles are hungry. They are hungry for new art, music, or any other artistic form of expression that might bring them enlightenment. So, how can you continue this growth as a reader? Simple. Support your local artists. It can be as simple as liking a Facebook post, following them on Instagram or simply visiting their personal web pages and dropping a line of appreciation. Dedicate one afternoon and visit local art galleries. Loft Beats Art gallery and SPACE pomona are my favorites in the eastward region of Los Angeles! Turn off mainstream radio and search for local musicians. You’d be amazed at what you find! These small gestures only build a stronger sense of community and acceptance of local artists.
If you have not already visited the work of the 30 Miles East resident artists, I urge you to do so! If you are an artist and would like to speak to me about your work, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Amazing Bass with Blas Perez
“Scrap the Robot Boxer” a film by Carlo Garduno