July 17, 2024

Conceived and founded by artist Mark Bradford, activist Allan DiCastro, and philanthropist and art collector Eileen Harris Norton, Art + Practice (A+P)’s mission is twofold: (1) collaborate with a nonprofit social service provider (i.e. First Place for Youth) to support the needs of 18 to 24-year-old foster youth who are transitioning into adulthood, and (2) provide free access to museum-curated contemporary art celebrating artists of color.




Justen LeRoy’s Lay Me Down in Praise is a Black environmentalist strategy. Exhibited as a three-channel film, the installation layers clips of Black performers with images of geological activity. Through this juxtaposition, the artist considers how resistance and regeneration inhabit the wordless screeches of the Earth and the history of Black sound. Join the creator and co-directors of the film, Justen LeRoy and Kordae Jatafa Henry, as they discuss the project with CAAM Visual Arts Curator Essence Harden at Art + Practice.

The California African American Museum at Art + Practice is a five-year collaboration (2022-2026) that brings CAAM organized shows to A+P’s exhibition space, and develops a hub for CAAM to incubate new programming. In return, A+P dedicates financial and staff resources to CAAM’s vision in support of the museum’s residency in Leimert Park.

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