Patrisse Cullors

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New York Times Bestselling Author, Artist, and Abolitionist

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    Patrisse Cullors: Biography at a Glance

    • Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist, and abolitionist.
    • She is the co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart, an artist collective and art gallery dedicated to shifting the trauma-induced conditions of poverty and economic injustice.
    • Patrisse has been at the frontlines of the abolitionist movement with Black Lives Matter, Justice LA, Dignity and Power Now, and Reform LA jails.
    • She continues to uplift Black stories, talent, and creators through projects such as Good Trouble, for which she acted and wrote, as well as Outdooring and Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground, which she produced.
    • Her current work and practice is focusing on what she calls “Abolitionist Aesthetics,” a term she coined to help challenge artists and cultural workers to aestheticize abolition.
    • Her work has been featured at various theaters, galleries, and museums across the globe including The Broad, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, LTD Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum, Second Home West Hollywood, The Fowler Museum, Frieze LA, The Hammer Museum, Vashon Center for the Arts, and Joe’s Pub.
    • Patrisse launched a ground-breaking Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program at Prescott College where she served as the Founding Director for two years.
    • On stage, Patrisse shares her mission, inviting all of us to grow towards abolition through intergenerational healing work that centers love, collective care, and art.

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    Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist, and abolitionist from Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been featured at The Broad, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, LTD Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum, Second Home West Hollywood, The Fowler Museum, Frieze LA, The Hammer Museum, Vashon Center for the Arts, Joe’s Pub, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, and a host of theaters, galleries, and museums across the globe.

    Patrisse has acted in, directed, and produced projects including docu-series, theater, and performance pieces. She is known for Good TroubleOutdooring, and Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground. In all areas of her life and work, Patrisse intends to continue to uplift Black stories, talent, and creators that are transforming the world of art and culture. 

    Cullors launched a ground-breaking Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program at Prescott College where she served as the Founding Director for two years. She is also the co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart, an artist collective and art gallery dedicated to shifting the trauma-induced conditions of poverty and economic injustice. She has been at the frontlines of the abolitionist movement, building with Black Lives Matter, Justice LA, Dignity and Power Now, and Reform LA jails. Her current work and practice is focusing on what she calls “Abolitionist Aesthetics,” a term she coined to help challenge artists and cultural workers to aestheticize abolition. Patrisse has won numerous awards for her art and activism. In September 2021, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Patrisse’s appointment to serve as one of three Second District Arts Commissioners. Patrisse’s mission is to invite all of us to grow toward abolition through intergenerational healing work that centers love, collective care, and art.

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    In this interactive dialogue, Patrisse explores the current state of the world and how activists will hold those in power accountable through their collective power. She also discusses abolition and the role it will play on the local and national levels as well as the role of creativity and art. Audiences will walk away with an understanding of how to remain resilient in these collective moments of grief and despair

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    It was amazing. She is so extraordinary.

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