Hello Los Angeles: Popuphood has been exploring neighborhoods in Los Angeles over the last few months as part of our adoption of our new HQ!
We thought we would share with you some of our #hoodhighlights as we work our way around this amazing city.
First stop, Leimert Park.
Here are some highlights from Leimert Park Village, a historic public square at the intersection of a vibrant present, deep histories, and a changing city. With the anticipation of a new metro line, the community is imagining an inclusive future highlighting the cultural legacy of its past and designing a decidedly afro-futurist horizon line.
We met with several entrepreneurs with roots in the community, as well as startups, youth and cultural architects of its future.
Thank you to the KAOS network for hosting, and for Art + Practice. We look forward to building possibilities.
We are continuing our work with clients in the Bay Area and welcome new inquiries for our services, speaking, and workshops, nationally.
Have you checked out the EQTDTO website? We are honored to be part of the team to support the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan with an equity lens.
It has been five years since we launched our pilot in Old Oakland, and at that time, as Oakland residents, we had to invest in ourselves at a time when no one else would. Ours was a citizen-led bottom up pilot to innovate solutions for a city we love.
The pressures of gentrification have changed the conversation with a speed that we would not have imagined just five years ago. It has had negative impacts on the many communities that we serve. These changes have disproportionately impacted residents, youth, artists, and businesses of color. Much of the work we have engaged in since 2011 have focused on broader policy, planning efforts, and city and district level programs that provide economic opportunity through entrepreneurship.
We are proud to be part of this recent effort in Oakland for the Downtown Specific Plan. At the heart of our mission is leveraging the unique genius within to creatively shape the future of cities. The Equity in Downtown Oakland launched a series of Social Equity Working Group Meetings recently, and we are looking forward to our next series of meetings.
This would be an excellent opportunity to Voice your Vision for the equitable future of Downtown Oakland and Keep the Town in Downtown!
Here are 4 key ways to get involved & VOICE YOUR VISION:
1. Share information with your communities! Visit the EQTDTO website and spread the word by sharing the link to encourage members of your community to get involved & upload and share their comments directly on our community feedback form.
2. Host an event or invite our team to an upcoming event. We can co-design creative strategies to engage your community in the process.
3. BE VOCAL. Voice your vision, follow us on social media and tag us @EQTDTO #EquityInAction #KeepingTheTownInDowntown
4. Attend a meeting! Please check the News & Updates section for times and locations in the coming week. Each meeting has a focus around the following topic areas:
Let us know if you need help to get the word out to your communities! Read more...
- Agatha French August 3, 2017
"Presented as one of the Annenberg’s free “Beach=Culture” events, it was the one-month mark for 90X90LA, a series of 90 arts, culture and literary events presented over 90 consecutive days by Writ Large Press and their collaborators."
Chiwan Choi moderated a complex and thoughtful conversation with the following panelists;
Kima Jones, founder of book publicity company Jack Jones Literary Arts.
Adam Leipzig, chief executive of Entertainment Media Partners and a film producer;
Skira Martinez, owner of Cielo galleries/studios
and myself reppin' Popuphood.
The location was stunning, the Annenberg Community Beach House, fittingly on the former site of a 100-room mansion built by the phenomenally wealthy William Randolph Hearst, is worth a trip to enjoy again with monthly programs to enjoy like the Beach = Culture series.
READ THE LA TIMES ARTICLE HERE
We are thrilled to contribute to this important discussion, join us for a wonderful event- all the details below from their eventbrite page. Los Angeles has so much going on and we can't wait to share with you how we are expanding into this dynamic city.
AUG 1, 2017
Writ Large Press presents
Values Statement Discussion Panel: "Money"
Annenberg Community Beach House
15 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402
FREE: EVENTBRITE LINK TO RSVP
A discussion on the economy of art from various perspectives. Panelists include cultural entrepreneurs Sarah Filley, Kima Jones, Adam Leipzig, and Skira Martinez.
Moderated by Writ Large Press founder Chiwan Choi.
Writ Large Press convenes local authors, thinkers and organizers to investigate the value of art in society and motivate action around art and current issues. These conversations form a hinge point during the Press’ #90x90LA series, a summer long undertaking with events in Downtown LA, South Central, and the Westside taking place July through September.
Read LA TIMES REVIEW HERE
The ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Might Just Mean the Reinvention of the Shopping Experience
The City of Hayward and Popuphood present Hayward's first Small Business Week in partnership with Working Solutions to launch Popuphood's Pop-up to Permanent Program.
Panelists include the Small Business Administration (SBA), Kiva, Working Solutions, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC), and Nav. Additionally, Square will be on hand with goody bags and information about their tools to help small businesses grow. We are excited to showcase our partners to provide technical business and financial resources for small businesses retail to celebrate the business-friendly ecosystem in Hayward, a city on the rise!
Complimentary light fare and beverages will be offered to enjoy before and after our Panel in Hayward's charming historic downtown.
Our event co-sponsor, Working Solutions, provides affordable microloans, customized business consulting, and community connections for entrepreneurs in the Bay Area to start and grow thriving local businesses. They offer both capital (loans from $5,000-$50,000) and free comprehensive business consulting to their borrowers. Working Solutions does not require a minimum credit score and is committed to serving early-stage businesses, including start-ups.
As part of the Northern California SBDC network, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) works hands-on with entrepreneurs to address challenges, seize opportunities and grow our clients’ bottom line. The staff of 18 business advisors assists clients with specialties including raising capital, marketing, operations, business planning, strategy and many other areas. Our services are provided at no cost to our clients.Our SBDC was awarded “Top Center” in the NorCal Region in 2016. We assisted 550 entrepreneurs to raise over $30 million for their companies, and create or save 437 jobs.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses since 1953. The agency was created by the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small businesses, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world and connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. More than 2 million people have raised nearly $1 billion on Kiva. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business.
Square creates tools that help sellers of all sizes start, run, and grow their businesses. Square's point-of-sale service offers tools for every part of running a business, from accepting credit cards and tracking inventory, to analytics and invoicing. Square also offers sellers financial and marketing services, including small business financing and customer engagement tools.