Project spotlight: Karina Vahitova + Void Academy

Project spotlight: Karina Vahitova + Void Academy

This month I'm spotlighting another "sister-project," by which I mean, a creative, artist-centered, share-based entrepreneurial project by an artist who seems to see the world much like I do! KARINA VAHITOVA is a poet, movement artist, and co-founder of VOID ACADEMY. She says, "Artists cannot depend on institutions and so we are helping them to find ways to have thriving careers outside, or at the very least alongside, the kinds of support institutions can sometimes provide to them."

Member Spotlight #14: KYM PRIESS

Member Spotlight #14: KYM PRIESS

We're spotlighting artists in our Sustainability Network whose creative practices break boundaries and positively impact their communities. Looking into the near future, performance artist / musician / singer-writer / web series host / actor / comedian / acting coach / aspiring stuntwoman KYM PRIESS wants to see "art in general becoming more interactive and blurring the lines between forms [...] without losing respect for the individual mediums."

Member Spotlight #13: KARINE FLEURIMA

Member Spotlight #13: KARINE FLEURIMA

We're spotlighting artists in our Sustainability Network who are contributing to a better world and more sustainable practice for their peers. For "Avant-Electro-Soul-Singer-Performance Artist" KARINE FLEURIMA, "silence is just as important as good music. Art is a form of meditation and meditation is an act of resistance."

Member Spotlight #12: DEF.SOUND

Member Spotlight #12: DEF.SOUND

Each month we spotlight members of our Sustainability Network who are contributing to a better world and more sustainable practice for their peers. DEF.SOUND is a Hip Hop musician and producer who wisely declares: "Sustainability doesn't mean there isn't a struggle involved in the creation of something, it means longevity and the ability to continue at an honest frequency. It means I don't have to question how I put out my music once it's made. It's infrastructure that allows me to be of service for as long as I choose to create."

Project Spotlight: MOLLY SCHULMAN + MAIDEN LA

Project Spotlight: MOLLY SCHULMAN + MAIDEN LA

Once again we're pointing the spotlight at a creative, artist-centered, share-based project by a likeminded community of artists. MOLLY SCHULMAN is an artist, a new mom, and co-founder of Maiden LA, a DIY take on an art festival or biennial. (We should say we are particular fans of this project because members of our Sustainability Network created a show at Arena One Gallery for Maiden LA in 2016! Thanks, Molly and Salomeh, for the support!) As Molly puts it: "It can be intimidating and bewildering to navigate the art world and Maiden LA provides a rare forum where an unrepresented artist working out of their garage is on the same plane as an institution like the Getty."

Member Spotlight #11: NICOLE RADEMACHER

Member Spotlight #11: NICOLE RADEMACHER

Each month we spotlight members of our Sustainability Network who are contributing to a better world and more sustainable practice for their peers. NICOLE RADEMACHER (nicolerademacher.commakes a living as an artist and digital communications professional. She currently serves as Digital Communications Manager for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Before working for the City she was Director of Communications & Outreach at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. 

Member Spotlight #10: NEHARA KALEV

Member Spotlight #10: NEHARA KALEV

Rhizomatic Arts is proud to feature members of our Sustainability Network who are doing good in their communities through their creative and professional practice. NEHARA KALEV is a choreographer and performer, and the owner of the glowbox, a movement and aerial arts studio and event space in downtown Santa Monica.

Member Spotlight #9: PHILLIP T. NAILS

Member Spotlight #9: PHILLIP T. NAILS

Rhizomatic Arts is proud to feature members of our Sustainability Network who are doing good in their communities through their creative and professional practice. Performance poet PHILLIP T. NAILS is one of the founding members of our Network, as well as co-founder of the Poetry Society of Los Angeles. He put the breaks on one of his infamous word capers just long enough to drop a few lines in our direction...