Our Art in Action series provides art-based opportunities for artists, students and audiences to share ideas and creative practice. Join us before the 8pm performance of Parable of the Sower to engage in activities illuminating the work of Octavia E. Butler and her prophetic vision of Los Angeles.
Pop-Up Library and Reading Room, curated by The Free Black Women's Library L.A.: This version of our popular Pop-Up is curated by our colleagues from Free Black Women's Library. Hundreds of books will be on hand for this book swap featuring African American women writers in all genres - bring a book to get a book, or just relax with a beverage and peruse your favorites before the show!
Wall of Affirmation & Open Mic Soap Box: Octavia Butler was a big believer in the power of positive thinking and surrounded her work space with inspirational words of encouragement. Add your own affirmation to our 20 foot Affirmation Wall, grab a table around the Open Mic stage, or perhaps share a poem, a song or some words of your own to inspire and affirm. The Soap Box goes live on the Terrace @ 7pm. (presented in collaboration with the UCLA Student Black Performing Arts Collective)
Adele Supreme: Born and raised in LA, artist Adele Supreme depicts women in powerful positions. Watch an artist at work as she creates an original, large canvas art piece based on the themes of Parable of the Sower.
Exploring Legacy: Check out our exhibit of select items from the Octavia E. Butler Archive, curated with our partners from The Huntington Library. After Butler’s death, The Huntington was the recipient of Butler's papers, comprising more than 8,000 items. In the past two years, the archive has been used nearly 1,300 times, roughly 15 times per week—making it one of the most actively researched archives at The Huntington.
And There's More: food, drink, art-making tables, vendors! The Royce Lobby and Terrace open at 6:30pm, these pre-show activities are free and open to all, with or without a ticket to the 8pm performance of Parable of The Sower. UCLA student/faculty/staff tix are still available here.
In the words of Octavia Butler: I can do this. So be it. See to it!
See you there.
Typewriter portrait of Octavia E. Butler by Frankie Abralind. Used courtesy of the artist.