The Annenberg Community Beach House is hosting an evening with artist Candy Chang, Tuesday, May 10 from 6-8pm.
Inspired to visit Santa Monica by her interest in the psychology of place and the City’s award-winning Wellbeing Project, Chang will share her past and present work and demystify the creative process.
In a twist on the traditional artist’s talk, she’ll also share tools for personal reflection and psychological exercises to cultivate personal mental health – while focusing on how this contributes to community wellbeing. Stay after for a discussion and light reception with the artist.
A small seed of an idea can be the source of dramatic innovation. In 2011, Candy Chang began her Before I Die project, when she stenciled the words “Before I die I want to _______” on a chalkboard wall on an abandoned house in New Orleans after losing someone she loved. The participatory project has since grown into a global phenomenon, and today there are over 2,000 Before I Die walls in over 70 countries. She is currently creating a large-scale participatory mural in Philadelphia. Inspired by the I Ching, The Atlas of Tomorrow will be a device for philosophical reflection that includes 64 fable-like guides to help people contemplate their lives and destigmatize discussion around mental health.
Through participatory experiments in the public realm that examine the thresholds between isolation and community, the psychology of civic engagement, and how shared places can cultivate introspection, intimacy, and kinship, Chang provokes playful and profound visions for how we can nurture the health of our communities. She was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub and is a TED Senior Fellow, an Urban Innovation Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She lives in New Orleans. More information at candychang.com.
This is a free event.
Reservations and information available at candychangatbeachculture.eventbrite.com.