Tabita Rezaire, “Premium Connect” (2017), image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, South Africa

On Saturday, October 3, 18th Street Arts Center presents its annual benefit event, a virtual evening of performance and experimental film curated by Jheanelle BrownThe program includes:

  • 7:00pm (PDT) | Interactive performance with Ulysses S. Jenkins
  • 7:30pm (PDT) | we may seek cosmic marronage but let’s remember our terrestrial obligations, a film program curated by Jheanelle Brown
  • 8:30pm (PDT) | Curator Q&A with the artists

Featured artists participating in the event are Kitoko Diva, Yétundé Olagbaju, Jamilah Sabur, Larry Achiampong, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Tabita Rezaire, and Nkechi Ebubedike.

The film program features artists working internationally in experimental film and video art. As curator Jheanelle Brown describes, “The past and the present have been and are an unending assault against Black being, and thus looking past survival requires deep wells of emotional and intellectual capacity. Where are we safe? This question has led Black people to look towards the cosmos for an unknown salvation or to understand more deeply our origin. Whilst flight or cosmic marronage can facilitate our imaginative rigor, it is important to not abandon our terrestrial obligations.”

Tickets start at just $100. Premier ticketholders in LA County will receive bespoke drinks by Muddle & Wilde and a dessert box by Southern Girls Dessert to be hand-delivered on the day of the event. Artist time capsules from Beatriz Cortez, Sam Durant, Patty Chang, and others can also be purchased to benefit the organization.

The event will support 18th Street Arts Center’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance the resiliency of artists and working families during this unprecedented time. Through their Arts Learning Lab online workshops for families, community-engaged artist commissions, timely exhibitions, and artist professional development programs, the center supports artists and community members to find connection, support, and resources through the arts to foster positive social change.

To join the gala on October 3 and support 18th Street Arts Center, visit

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