This Web site was active until 2011, when the festival and conference ended.
For current information on this initiative, go to the Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative Facebook page.
Both festival and conference carry forward the conversation begun at the international conference "Art and Migration: Sabato Rodia's Watts Towers in Los Angeles", jointly sponsored by the University of Genova and the UCLA International Institute (Italy, April 2009), which examined the monument’s multiple resonances within the milieux of local and global migrations, of contested social and urban spaces, and of the rapport between art and economic development. [related documents]
Some conference participants, Genova, April 2009
How are these divergent discourses and goals best bridged? How is “common ground” fostered around the Watts Towers? The continued well-being of the Towers and their adjacent Art Center, as well as the divergent communities which sustain and are sustained by them depend upon how well we answer these questions.
Project Coordinator: Luisa Del Giudice
With the assistance of: Thomas Harrison, Edward Landler, Rudy Barbee, Jo Farb Hernandez, Rosie Lee Hooks, Janine Watkins, Edward Tuttle
UCLA Conference Committee: Thomas Harrison, Luisa Del Giudice, Jo Farb Hernandez, Paul Harris, Alessandro Dal Lago
October 22-24, 2010
Los Angeles Festival
September 25 – March 19, 2011
Festival events and UCLA Conference are free, open to the public, and require no registration.
“Day in Watts” Tour (Oct. 24) requires reservation and pre-payment.
All events are on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.
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