Play the LA River is presented by Project 51—a collective of LA River-loving artists, designers, planners, writers & educators.
Founders & Steering Group
John Arroyo is an urban planner who has researched and written extensively about the LA River, art and culture and is currently a doctoral candidate in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Barron Bixler is a documentary photographer and designer whose work explores the social and environmental impacts of land use in the new American West and has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Allison Carruth is an Associate Professor of English at UCLA who advocates for creative art-science collaborations and researches American food culture, contemporary literature and urban environmental movements.
Amanda Evans is an artist and educator who works on collaborative projects with community groups in LA and is an MFA candidate in the Art & Social Practice program at Portland State University.
Cathy Gudis is an Associate Professor of History and director of the Public History Program at UC Riverside who has twenty years of experience curating art and history museum exhibitions.
Jenny Price is a writer, artist, historian and LA River champion extraordinaire who has written extensively about and led tours of the LA River since 2000.
Erika Katrina Barbosa is a postgraduate student at the Art Center College of Design where her current work focuses on communication networks and the politics of representation in industrial riverfront communities in LA.
Lila Higgins is a play advocate and memory mapper who works for the LA Natural History Museum running the Citizen Science and Live Animal Programs, and teaches interpretive training workshops.
Kat Superfisky is an urban ecologist/artist/educator who devotes her days, nights and dreams to making the world a more beautiful place—starting with the Los Angeles River.
Allison Wyper is an independent performance artist, educator, producer and curator based in Northeast LA and is an associate artist of Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s La Pocha Nostra (US/Mexico) and a member of Hydra Poesis (Australia).
Natale Zappia is Professor of Environmental and Indigenous History at Whittier College who previously was the executive director of the Garden School Foundation.