Nychole Owens, “Light Ahead” (image courtesy the artist)

In September 2020, the Committee for Greater LA published an extensive report on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginalized communities across Los Angeles. Conducted in collaboration with USC’s Equity Research Institute and UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, the report, titled “No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive Los Angeles,” lays out recommendations for systematic changes ranging from transportation and education to homelessness and healthcare access. Since then, the Committee for Greater LA has created a “No Going Back LA” team, which is working to “ensure vulnerable and marginalized communities will be better off than they were before the crisis.”

Art 4 [CHANGE], an online event of conversations around street art, is a part of this effort, as it sets out to look at communities “who have been left behind, ignored, and underserved for decades.” Taking place on Monday, February 1, the event will present the history of street art in Los Angeles as a history of social justice. As a point of focus, it will look at two brand-new murals in the city: a mural in tribute to immigrants by Karina Vazquez and a mural symbolic of hope by Nychole Owens.

Karina Vasquez, “Esencial” (image courtesy the artist)

“No Going Back LA chose to focus on spotlighting women of color because of two main reasons: women have been affected the most by this pandemic by far, and young women of color are the voices of tomorrow,” said Lucas Rivera, the event host and content curator of No Going Back LA, in an email to Hyperallergic.

You’ll get to hear directly from the artists at the event, which will be moderated by Betty Avila, executive director of Self Help Graphics.

When: Monday, February 1, 12–1:15pm (PST)
Where: Zoom

More info at No Going Back LA

Elisa Wouk Almino is a senior editor at Hyperallergic. She is based in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.