About

Founded in 1992, Side Street Projects is an artist-run organization that gives artists of all ages the ability and the means to support their creative endeavors. The artists at Side Street Projects are social entrepreneurs who work with communities to solve real world problems.  We share what we have learned (our model) to strengthen the field of artists who work with communities, schools, and organizations.  Everything that we do encourages creative problem solving and self-reliance within a contemporary art context, which is reflected in our programs.

Our programs:

 

  

Youth Education

Our Mobile Youth Education program teaches tool-based design and fabrication aboard mobile fabrication studios housed in buses and trailers. This program serves youth throughout Los Angeles County, through in-school and after-school programming, museums, community events, private parties and special events. This program is free for over half of the students through grants. The program takes a holistic approach to integrating core curriculum, particularly Math and Science. It teaches children creative problem solving and how to use tools safely, effectively, and (ultimately) independent of adult assistance.

Community Programming

Each Saturday, we offer free art workshops from 11-1 for our neighbors. We also regularly offer programming off-site at community events. Workshops often feature guest artists from the community including the artists who we present in our artist projects. Many of the youth who participate are PUSD students who have participated in programming at their school. This program is a training ground for artists working in communities. It is a space where we can work with a trusted group of students to experiment with new curriculum.

Artist Programs

For over twenty years, we have been supporting artists who make work that is not easily bought or sold. Our artists choose to work in communities instead of galleries. This is often referred to as “Socially Engaged Art” or “Social Practice”. We host Artist Projects at our temporary headquarters; these projects are integrated into the free community programming offered every Saturday. We also facilitate interactive projects off-site in collaboration with local businesses and government agencies.

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Artist Services

Professional Development: We provide pragmatic support services for artists including Skill Share Workshops, and on-line resources. As we expand our Skill Share Program, we will use material from the workshops to expand our podcast series, and produce new free on-line resources for artists who work across sectors.

Our Equipment Co-op puts cost prohibitive tools into the hands of artists. With a $35 membership fee, artists and community members have access to tools, video projectors, scanners and cameras for far below market rate. Members can use our shop and equipment on-site for $20 a day; if artists cannot afford the rental rate, they can trade volunteer hours for equipment use.