MKE<->LAX facilitates cultural exchange between two American regions, with Milwaukee and Los Angeles as epicenters, through residencies, programs, developments and other place-based initiatives. The agency explores cultural exchange across the boundaries that typically isolate ideas regionally, with an emphasis on regional poetics and expansion of market. Through ongoing mobility, MKE<->LAX asks questions about the influence location, size, market, cultural values and other regional factors have on production of the arts and cultural identity.
Through directing MKE<->LAX and related agencies, Sara Daleiden focuses on arts-based civic engagement through facilitating social interactions in developing landscapes. With bases in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, she offers support for empathetic, structural development of identity embracing various scales of experimentation, connection and production. Currently, Sara focuses on the development of The Milwaukee Method of Creative Placemaking, the Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project, HERE! Choice Neighborhood Initiative and MKE United. Additionally, she works with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Civic Art Program with the Open Space Creative Graffiti Abatement Program on the documentary Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles and the screening series Civic Art Works.
Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles
A feature documentary by Mark Escribano and Sara Daleiden,
s(o)ul, edited with Andrew Swant and commissioned by the
Los Angeles County Art Commission Civic Art Program.
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