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Be the Change: Artist-Inspired Activism

Public Programs | Words and Ideas

Photo of an outdoor artwork with the words, When We Gather Together We Heal, stamped in black letters on a yellow box.

Artists and organizers behind Be the Change: A Jewishly Inspired Public Art Movement explore the issues and ideas behind the Skirball’s current off-site installation.

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This program took place on
Sunday, September 10, 2023

About the Program

Expanding on themes addressed in Be the Change:  A Jewishly Inspired Public Art Movement, the Skirball’s newly appointed Rabbi in Residence, Beau Shapiro, will engage panelists in a conversation about the meaning of tzedakah, the definition of “artivism,” the importance of community organizing, and the ways in which artists reflect the world around them and inspire others to be a force for good.  

Panelists represent the organizations and artists who have partnered with the Skirball to design one of six outdoor sculptures as part of Be the Change, now on view at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.  


Alex Abli - A self-taught American-Lebanese artist commissioned by the Skirball
Jordanna Gessler – Vice President, Education and Exhibits, Holocaust Museum LA
Rob Goldenberg – Chief Creative Officer, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles
Fidel Rodriguez – Senior Human Relations Consultant, LA vs. Hate
Michelle Rubio - The artist also known as Mr. B Baby, commissioned by Pico Union Project
Stacey Vigallon – Executive Director and Environmental Education Director, Nature Nexus Institute

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