Arroyo Arts Collective Presents

Shade In LA: Rising Heat Inequity In A Sunburnt City: Shade Equity and Climate Change

May 21 – June 18, 2022


Using re-purposed umbrellas as their canvas, artists are exploring the themes of climate change, heat, drought, and wildfire. These outdoor installations will address and highlight the issue of shade equity, a problem that disproportionately affects low-income and working-class communities and people of color, who are more likely to work outdoors, rely on public transportation, and live in neighborhoods with a lack of trees and shade. As the climate changes and the planet warms, what was once thought primarily as an aesthetic amenity is increasingly recognized as a way of protecting the public health and wellbeing of marginalized communities. And yet providing shade can be simple and effective, and can be done in many ways including tree planting, bus stop sheds, and awnings, to name a few.

Shade in L.A. will be located outside of the Avenue 50 Studio space, with each umbrella installed in a manner that suspends at a height sufficient to provide shade to visitors. The installation design is meant to serve two audiences: 1) train passengers who will get a quick glance of a colorful and visually impactful installation; and 2) visitors and pedestrians who can walk (and perhaps sit) under the installation to get an interactive experience.

Shade in L.A. Artists: Chantée Benefield, Joe Bravo, Mary Cheung, Aleka Corwin, Pascaline Doucin-Dahlke, Angela Hernandez, Sandy Huse, Diane Kohne, Yvette Nicole Kolodji, Gabriel Macias, Brianna Mitjans, Rebecca Nabarrete, Marco Nochebuena Luna, Isabel Olvera, Cat Chiu Phillips, Adriana Strothers and Lisa Tomczeszyn.

Curated by Jolly de Guzman

View The Catalog Here!

Shade In L.A. – The Movie

Mary Cheung Dance Performance


Free Tree Giveaway May 21st – As a part of the program, there will be a tree giveaway at the Opening Reception on the May 21st sponsored by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, City Plants and North East Trees.

  • Open to all LA City residents and LADWP customers.
  • There is a 7 tree limit per address for the lifetime of the address. Only 2 of the 7 trees can be fruit trees. The trees distributed are 3-6 feet tall, come in 5-gallon containers, & must be planted in the ground.
  • Walk-ups only


Musical Performance by: Shoshana Ben-Horin (5/21), The Peanut Butter & Jellies (6/18)

Opening Reception: Sat. May 21, 2022 from 2:00 to 5:00p.m. at Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

Closing Reception: Sat. June 18, 2022 from 2:00 to 5:00p.m.

These events are free, open to the public and will follow all current CDC health precautions for social distancing.

Shade in L.A. is made possible through the generous support of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the California Arts Council, a state agency. This programming is presented in partnership with Avenue 50 Studio, the Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability, the US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, City Plants and North East Trees.