Artistic Uprising…Claim Your Space

Artists and performers of all varieties will participate in the 8th Annual Artistic Uprising to raise funds for AULA’s Bridge Program on Friday, November 13th at 7 pm. The Artistic Uprising is an annual celebration of creative work, critical minds, and community engagement in support of an incredible project. The Artistic Uprising was founded in 2008 by Bridge Program faculty and AULA alumni Cindy Short.

“This year’s theme, ‘Claim Your Space,’ is an open invitation, a call for direct action and creative participation,” explained lead organizer and BA student Mary Martori. “Whether you’re interested in volunteering, submitting work, performing or purchasing, the opportunity is available. The space is yours.”

Though Mary is the lead on this year’s event, her passion is to see the Artistic Uprising come alive through the eyes and hands of a collective. She’s working with a team of organizers including MA in NonProfit Management student Kyle Sawyer, MA in Urban Sustainability 2015 grad Misty Dawn Spicer, and BA student Casey Ash to strengthen her vision.

This year’s live performances include San Diego soul singer Tori Roze and a Trans* literary feature. There will be a silent auction with affordable starting bids. The event is free and all are welcome.

For seventeen years, the Bridge Program has offered a revolutionary concept—free college classes for individuals who don’t have access to higher education. Bridge hosts sites in Boyle Heights, Culver City (AULA campus), and Long Beach. A new site will open this year in collaboration with YouthBuild in Norwalk.

To volunteer at the Artistic Uprising and help Bridge reach its fundraising goals, email Casey at [email protected]edu. To submit your work or performance request, go to or visit Campus Services on the first floor of AULA’s campus.

Questions? Email Mary at [email protected].