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CAEA 2022 Keynote + Featured Speakers

Executive Director, Self Help Graphics 

Keynote Speaker
Friday @ 3:30-5:00

Lecture Title TBD 

"Betty Avila is a native of Los Angeles, born and raised in Cypress Park, and now working in Boyle Heights’s Self Help Graphics and Art. Betty’s work has centered on the intersection of the arts and social justice, with a particular focus on community building, public space, and youth empowerment. She has held positions with the Getty Research Institute, The Music Center and the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. Betty joined the Self Help Graphics and Art leadership in 2015, an organization with a 44-year nationally recognized artistic legacy of empowering the Chicano and Latino communities of Los Angeles through the arts."

Executive Director, Social Justice Sewing Academy

Featured Workshop
Saturday @ 10:30-12:30

Art Activism: Sewing as a Medium to Amplify Student Voices as Agents of Change

"Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a non-profit organization that aims to empower individuals to utilize textile art for personal transformation, community cohesion, and to begin the journey toward becoming an agent of social change. As Executive Director, Lauren is responsible for overseeing the programs, strategic planning, and administration of SJSA"

Co-Founder of Slanguage Studio

General Session Speaker
Saturday @ 3:30-5:00

Lecture Title TBD

"Karla Diaz is a writer, teacher, and multidisciplinary artist who engages in painting, installation, video, and performance. Using narrative to question identity, institutional power, and explore memory, her socially engaged practice generates exciting collaborations and provokes important dialogue among diverse communities. Notably, she is the co- founder of the socially engaged collective and community artist space Slanguage. Critical discourse is central to her practice as she explores social, subcultural, and marginalized stories."