The city of West Hollywood was recently recognized with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Program, and an award from the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review program.
“The city of West Hollywood has an unwavering commitment to the arts,” West Hollywood Mayor John Duran said. “Our city’s arts programming elevates the quality of life of our residents, attracts and excites visitors, and helps drive the economic engine of our business community. I’m proud to see the city’s Arts Division recognized on a national level for its extraordinary work.”
The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works program has recognized the city of West Hollywood’s Arts Division with a $35,000 grant to support the production of “Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta,” a site-specific, interactive theater experience that celebrates, illuminates and magnifies the life of Eugenio Plummer (also known as “Don Eugenio”) whose family once owned 942 acres in the Los Angeles area.
Plummer died in 1943 at the age of 92 in a house on Vista Street in what is now Plummer Park in the city of West Hollywood.
Programming celebrates the 1942 book “Señor Plummer: The Life and Laughter of an Old-Californian” by John Preston Buschlen, a former Los Angeles Times staff writer.
Told through a patchwork of tall-tales, large-scale puppets, masks and music, the Rogue Artists Ensemble electrifies Señor Plummer’s whimsical tales of wild duals, pirates, land-grabbing, shark-riding, epic court battles and fiestas.
Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review program recognized the city of West Hollywood’s Arts Division for its WeHo Arts: The Plan data visualization projects. In works commissioned by the city, three artist/teams created projects in 2017 using a myriad of physical and digital spaces to communicate with community members about the city’s cultural planning process. “ArtEverywhere” by Maria del Carmen LaMadrid Zamora consisted of a how-to balloon mapping guide and series of aerial photographs that were taken during a one-day workshop with the West Hollywood Teen Center and explored an expanded definition of data visualization by using a 5.5-foot red weather balloon. “Dream Cloud” by Sean Noyce was a series of graphic artworks composed of word clouds that were scaled proportionately to the number of times a particular word was mentioned in a community outreach survey. The artwork encouraged viewers to immerse themselves in the data cloud, through a series of selfie murals, such as an astronaut, a superhero or a flying creature.
“The City of Creative Delights” is a series of gifs shared in social media, animated by artist team YoMeryl, which depict a stylized version of West Hollywood as a macrocosm of creative expression experimentation and engagement.
Within a large-scale tableau, individual characters engage in activities that convey the principles of The Plan – space, engagement, support, visibility and experimentation.
For information, contact the city of West Hollywood’s arts manager, Andrew Campbell, at (323)848-6883.
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