Presented by The Arroyo Arts Collective

The Arroyo Arts Collective invites artists to participate in Shelter, site specific installation work on the grounds of the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

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Shelter is a juried visual exhibition of site-specific, temporary installations located outside in the 17 acres of Audubon Center parkland. The theme of this project will be habitat, with an emphasis on local Flora and Fauna found in Debs Park. Artists are encouraged to address (but are not limited to) the following issues in their installations: ecological concerns (i.e. global warming, habitat encroachment and destruction, water and air pollution) which impact the ongoing health and safety of our natural landscape; biology; and the migratory patterns in our Northeast LA neighborhoods. Interactive installations will be encouraged. Work may be displayed along the Butterfly Loop, the Hummingbird and Scrub Jay Trails, the Children’s Garden and appropriate spaces about the Facility.

Kim Abeles:  Since 1985 Abeles has been creating artwork about the environment with an emphasis on air pollution. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country as well as internationally.
Marcos Trinidad:  Born and raised in Northeast LA, Marcos has deep roots in the community. Prior to coming to Debs four years ago, he served as Director of Audubon Youth Environmental Stewards (a program of the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society). He has also spent time as a Biology Technician for the U.S. Forest Service and an Urban Forester for organizations such as Northeast Trees and TreePeople. Marcos’ formal education is in geology and anthropology.

Exhibition Details:
Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 North Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Walking Tour:  February 21, 2019, 1:00pm
Entry Deadline: Midnight, March 1, 2019
Notification: by March 15, 2019
Installation of Projects: April 20 – May 3, 2019
Opening: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10am – 4pm
Show Dates: May 4 – June 8, 2019
Closing Reception: June 8, 2019, 2pm – 4pm
De-Installation: June 11 – 15, 2019

Proposal Submission Process:
The Arroyo Arts Collective invites artists of all disciplines to submit proposals for temporary, site-specific installations addressing issues related to habitat. 

As the Audubon Center is first and foremost a wildlife sanctuary it is important for artists to not disturb the living environments of the plants and animals within the grounds.  Intrusive activities such as digging or the introduction of non-local plant or animal species is not allowed.  The use of PLASTIC as a fabrication material is highly discouraged. Because of the delicate balance of the ecosystems within the park Audubon Center staff will preview all proposals.

Artists are encouraged to visit and explore the park; admission is free and the Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.  The park is located at: 4700 North Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031.

An introduction to the park and walk through of the project will be led by Marcos Trinidad and a representative from the Arroyo Arts Collective on Thursday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. A map of the center grounds is included.

Honoraria of $300 will be awarded to artists whose proposals are selected by jurors Kim Abeles and Marcos Trinidad.

Submit the following:

      • Project Description: 500 word proposal including materials, construction methods, and at least two choices of location.
      • C.V./ Resume
      • Sketch of proposed installation; location (and alternate location) of proposed site
      • Email to:    
      • Subject Line: Shelter /Audubon
      • There is no entry fee, but artists chosen to participate MUST BE A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE. To become a member, provide us with your name, street address, email address, phone number and manner of artistic expression, and a check for $25 to The Arroyo Arts Collective, and mail it to The Arroyo Arts Collective PO Box 50835, York Station, Highland Park CA 90050. Or go to our website, click on the JOIN link, and use PayPal.

    For Questions or More Information – Email:

    Arroyo Arts Collective: Established in 1989 as a community organization of artists, writers and performers who live and work in Northeast Los Angeles, the mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate while fostering an awareness of the artistic vitality which exists in northeast Los Angeles.

    Audubon Center at Debs Park:  The Center’s mission is to inspire people to experience, understand and care for the local natural world. Located in a wildlife corridor for migratory birds, Debs Park is a haven for 138 species of birds. Its nature-based education and community programs are designed to engage children and their families in the outdoor world, and to give them a personal stake in its protection by making environmental issues relevant to their lives. The Center is operated by Audubon California, a state field program of National Audubon Society, and is a vital part of Audubon’s national outreach initiative to engage Latino audiences.. action

  • Shelter is supported in part through the generous support of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and the the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.