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Media Coverage of Play the LA River & Project 51

Why a Group of Artists Wants You to “Play” the L.A. River

“Park vs. condos debate—costumes recommended,” reads one of the instructions on a playing card for a plot of land near the Los Angeles River. This tongue-in-cheek prompt for open-air theater comes from a recently launched initiative called Play the LA River. Every card in the Play the River 51-card deck...

Let the River Run

The long-neglected L.A. river—dismissed by many as a concrete flood-control ditch—is quickly giving rise to Los Angeles’ version of Central Park On a broiling September afternoon, UCLA associate professor of English Allison Carruth carries a butterfly net as she winds her way through the crowd gathered at Glendale’s Marsh Park...

Interpreting the Storied Past of the LA River Through Dance

A collaboration between artists, writers, and educators transforms one of LA’s most recognizable industrial wastelands into a feast for the creative spirit. LA’s Project 51 co-founder Barron Bixler writes of the LA River that it is “the perfect grey trapezoid of concrete channel that’s become sort of iconic but mostly symbolizes...

A Playful Approach to Activating Spaces along the Los Angeles River

An interview with two of Project 51’s co-founders, John Arroyo and Catherine Gudis, on the collective’s recent “Play the LA River” card deck, a playable guide which invites participants to discover 56 unique sights along the entire Los Angeles River. Planetizen: How was Project 51 formed and how did the...

From the River: Michael Kolster’s Handmade Photographs

Join Play the LA River to explore, enjoy, reclaim, and reimagine the river as a grand civic space that can green and connect our communities. Dressed in a silver nitrate-splattered white shirt and ripped jeans with a red headlamp strapped just below his eyeglasses and blue surgical gloves on his...

Experimental Dance by the Los Angeles River

Join Play the LA River to explore, enjoy, reclaim, and reimagine the river as a grand civic space that can green and connect our communities. With no shade in sight, surrounded by a sea of cemented roads and industrial buildings, Laura Berg, Lindsey Lollie, Jordan Saenz, and Gracie Whyte began a rhythmic...

Play the LA River: Using Games to Engage Open Spaces

Come one, come all for 51 miles and 51 weeks of play on the mighty LA River starting September 13, 2014. Join Play the LA River to explore, enjoy, reclaim, and reimagine the river as a grand civic space that can green and connect our communities. Early one morning just outside the Los...

Can the Los Angeles River Start a New Chapter?

An ambitious, year-long civic engagement project wants Angelenos to play along their waterway. At a time when politicians and developers see the historically neglected Los Angeles River as ripe for change and development, an arts collective wants to use the concept of play and community engagement to alter the course...

Media Contacts

Allison Carruth
acarruth@humnet.ucla.edu

Catherine Gudis
catherine.gudis@ucr.edu

Recent Stories

  • Why a Group of Artists Wants You to “Play” the L.A. River

    “Park vs. condos debate—costumes recommended,” reads one of the instructions on a playing card for a plot of land near the Los Angeles River. This […]

  • Let the River Run

    The long-neglected L.A. river—dismissed by many as a concrete flood-control ditch—is quickly giving rise to Los Angeles’ version of Central Park On a broiling September […]

  • Interpreting the Storied Past of the LA River Through Dance

    A collaboration between artists, writers, and educators transforms one of LA’s most recognizable industrial wastelands into a feast for the creative spirit. LA’s Project 51 […]