An interview series spotlighting some of the great work coming out of Los Angeles. Hear directly from artists, curators, and art workers about their current projects and personal quirks.
Welcome to the 29th installment of Meet LA’s Art Community. Check out our past interviews here.
This week I interview Sue Bell Yank, the deputy director at the 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit known for its politically minded exhibitions and residency program. Yankhas worked in arts, entertainment, and public schools for over a decade, including as the associate director of academic programs at the Hammer Museum. She created an online education platform for the Oprah Winfrey Network, and has worked as a teacher and curriculum specialist in public schools and other educational settings. Last year, Yank launched a podcast about Los Angeles housing called Paved Paradise. When she arrived in this city in 2003, she saw it as “the land of opportunity […] of swimming pools and year-round sunshine.” This, she realized, was one big illusion, and this podcast intelligently and urgently dives into the rampant housing crisis.
18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public. We strive to provide artists the space and time to take risks, to foster the ideal environment for artists and the public to directly engage, and to create experiences and partnerships that foster positive social change.