Schedule

WE RISE 2019 is officially over. Over 10 days, we experienced inspiring programming, thought-provoking artwork & many brave conversations. We are truly grateful to all of you—for sharing your own powerful stories, for attending, and for helping to spread the word. But it’s not over yet—all year long, you can learn more, take action or find resources on mental health at whywerise.la

 

WE RISE brings together artists, activists, service providers, and community members to raise awareness about available resources designed to support a sense of belonging, meaning, and purpose. Join us for 40+ hours of educational workshops, exciting performances, community town halls, intimate conversations, and a world-class art gallery full of contemplative, inspiring art. It’s free and open to the public.

For information about the Screening Room, click here.

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Saturday, May 18
OPEN 10AM - 10PM
    10:00AM - 11:30AM Main Hall Stage

Body Positivity Is Resistance

Join Nalgona Positivity Pride founder Gloria Lucas to get connected with education and resources for self-empowering, resistance, and body image healing. Learn about body-positivity within a social justice frame that centers people with marginalized identities, smashing diet-culture, different ways to attain unapologetic body-love and begin to recover your connection with yourself, your body.

    10:00AM - 11:00AM Art Lab

Mindfulness Story Hour for Kids with Drag Queens Kornbread Jeté and 6

Fantastic drag queens Kornbread Jeté and 6 read family-friendly mindfulness books to kids!

    12:30PM - 2:00PM Main Hall Stage

Machismo and Mental Health

What does it mean to be a Latinx man today and navigate mental health and cultural expectations around masculinity? This conversation explores the inherited roles and expectations of Latinx culture around masculinity, the language available to talk about mental health, and how both impact our ability to engage with mental health or seek care.

    1:00PM - 5:00PM Art Lab

Silkscreening

Indigenous based arts & culture group Meztli Projects host a hands-on silkscreening lab, helping create fun and creative posters and tote bags for We Rise attendees.

    5:00PM - 5:50PM Screening Room

Struggle in Paradise

Struggle in Paradise, doc on exploding homelessness in LA (50 Minutes)
Struggle in Paradise is the gripping documentary about the skyrocketing number of homeless people living and dying on the streets of Los Angeles from filmmaker Stuart Perlman, Ph.D.

    5:00PM - 6:15PM Main Hall Stage

Together We Cry, Together We Heal

In light of various traumas recently in Los Angeles, this conversation addresses how our Los Angeles community processes community trauma and violence, imagines the future, and creates our own purpose-driven pathways forward.

    6:30PM - 8:00PM Main Hall Stage

Homeless But Not Hopeless

Homelessness is on the rise in LA. What is happening here, and why? In this discussion we will surface and examine the intersection between mental health and people who are unhoused, diving into the unique challenges of mental health compounded or caused by homelessness in Los Angeles.

    8:30PM - 10:00PM Main Hall Stage

Banjee Ball

Join us for a celebratory night of sharp posing and all things vogue, presented by Banjee Ball! Vogueing was invented by African-American drag queens in Harlem in the 60s, and has become a long-standing tradition within the LGBTQIA community. Come cheer on participants as they compete in categories from Vogue to Runway to Face!

Sunday, May 19
OPEN 10AM - 10PM
    10:00AM - 11:00AM Art Lab

Mindfulness Story Hour for Kids

Mindfulness Story Hour for Kids with Rachael Leigh Cook

    10:00AM - 11:00AM Lounge

Radical Body Love: Yoga with Laura Burns

Get present in your body with yoga teacher Laura Burns, of Radical Body Love Coaching!

    12:30PM - 2:00PM Main Hall Stage

The Healthy Grind: Balancing The Hustle

What does the future of work look like? How do we set healthy work/life boundaries when the two are increasingly intertwined? Hear from young LA entrepreneurs who are actively balancing non-traditional models of work with the rest of life.

    1:00PM - 5:00PM Art Lab

Bookmaking

Printing, collaging and bookbinding! Teaching artists from the Armory Center for the Arts facilitate a 3-D tunnel & small journal book-making workshops. The Armory Center focuses on an understanding and appreciation of the arts as an essential tool for a well-rounded human experience.

    4:00PM - 5:30PM Main Hall Stage

Food & Freedom presented by Project HEAL

Finding peace with food, bodies, and disordered eating for every body and every gender. Led by Project HEAL.

    6:30PM - 7:15PM Main Hall Stage

Performance: Aloe Blacc + Maya Jupiter

Artivists Aloe Blacc + Maya Jupiter perform a stripped-down set and chat about their relationship to art, activism, and each other.

    7:30PM - 9:00PM Main Hall Stage

Suicide + The Semicolon

A safe, healing space for people affected by suicide—both survivors of attempted suicide and those impacted by suicide—to share their experiences in conversation. Torri Shack, founder of Tangible Movement, joins artist Miguel, conductor Christopher Rountree, storyteller Kevin Hines—suicide prevention specialist Stan Collins.

Monday, May 20
OPEN 5PM - 10PM
    6:30PM - 7:10PM Screening Room

Heroin(e)

Heroin(e), doc about three women taking on the addiction epidemic in their state (40 Minutes)
Three women — a fire chief, a judge and a missionary — battle West Virginia’s opioid epidemic in this documentary, Heroin(e), by filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

    7:30PM - 8:15PM Main Hall Stage

Get Lit poets and Who Cares I Do?

Brave young poets from Get Lit share stories.

    8:30PM - 9:30PM Main Hall Stage

The Role of Art & Creativity in Changemaking

Artists from multiple disciplines explore the role of creativity and art in changemaking. Featuring legend Shepard Fairey, young poet and activist Kamil Oshundara, and more.

Tuesday, May 21
OPEN 5PM - 10PM
    5:00PM - 6:27PM Screening Room

Tribal Justice

Tribal Justice, doc on Native judges using tradition to address the root causes of crime (1 Hour 27 Minutes)
Filmmaker Anne Makepeace’s documentary, Tribal Justice, follows two Native American judges as they reach back to traditional concepts of justice addressing the root causes of crime. These models of restorative justice are working and mainstream courts are taking notice.

    6:00PM - 8:00PM Main Hall Stage

Connecting to Creativity: A Social Think Tank on the Arts, Mental Health and Education

An evening reception bringing together teachers, counselors, administrators and providers working on the frontlines of education. The evening kicks off with a screening of Together We Rise, and includes gallery tours, hands-on art-making activities and a chance to network with the communities working at the cross-section of arts and mental health.

    6:00PM - 7:15PM Art Lab

Silkscreening

Indigenous based arts & culture group Meztli Projects host a hands-on silkscreening lab, helping create fun and creative posters and tote bags for We Rise attendees.

    8:00PM - 8:30PM Main Hall Stage

From Survive to Thrive with Metta World Peace

An intimate fireside chat with former Lakers player Metta World Peace, who shares his story of trauma, purpose, and healing in conversation with Christina Pascucci of KTLA.

    8:30PM - 10:00PM Main Hall Stage

Trauma, Healing and Cultural Wellness

A critical discussion around history, health and healing ourselves and America, one breath at a time on our journey towards equanimity.  Facilitated by Fidel Rodriguez of Divine Forces Radio.

Wednesday, May 22
OPEN 5PM - 10PM
    6:00PM - 8:00PM Art Lab

Silkscreening

Indigenous based arts & culture group Meztli Projects host a hands-on silkscreening lab, helping create fun and creative posters and tote bags for We Rise attendees.

    6:30PM - 7:30PM Main Hall Stage

Bedlam (Film)

Featuring previews of the film Bedlam and director Ken Rosenberg

    7:30PM - 9:00PM Main Hall Stage

Future of Mental Health

A conversation about the challenges of current mental health care delivery, how Los Angeles County is addressing those challenges, and what we need to do to create a new model of care. The evening’s programming will feature a special sneak preview of the film “Bedlam” with Director Ken Rosenberg and a spirited discussion with leading LA County innovators and future of mental health thought leaders on how we change the system

Thursday, May 23
OPEN 5PM - 10PM
    9:00AM - 4:30PM Main Hall

California's Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission

The Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) will be meeting on May 23, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the We Rise gallery and event space at 1262 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

The meeting is open to the public.

 

At this meeting, MHSOAC will be considering innovation project proposals from multiple counties, including Los Angeles County’s True Recovery Innovation Embraces Systems That Empower (TRIESTE) plan.

The meeting’s agenda and related documents are available to view/download on MHSOAC’s website.

 

If you have additional questions or require special accommodations for this meeting, please email mhsoac@mhsoac.ca.gov

    6:30PM - 7:30PM Main Hall Stage

Addressing Serious Mental Illness

Addressing Serious Mental Illness: An intimate conversation with activist Mia St. John & Activist/Actor Mädchen Amick. Moderated by Mariel Hemingway. 

    8:00PM - 9:00PM Main Hall Stage

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, doc about an artist living and working with depression and anxiety (40 Minutes)
A documentary directed by Frank Stiefel, Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, is about a brilliant but tortured 56-year-old artist channels her depression and anxiety into her work.

Friday, May 24
OPEN 5PM - 10PM
    5:00PM - 8:00PM Main Hall Stage

Teen Town Hall (No Adults Allowed!) on Mental Health

Send your parents to the Art Lab, and come get the game on how to maintain the best version of yourself from special guests like gymnast Katelyn Ohashi. From discussing body positivity to how the very climate affects your emotions–we’re covering it all (And we’re doing it while eating pizza!) Come on by! We Rise has been known to have surprises including Kobe Bryant and Nick Cannon. You never know who else might show up.

    6:00PM - 8:00PM Art Lab

Silkscreening

Indigenous based arts & culture group Meztli Projects host a hands-on silkscreening lab, helping create fun and creative posters and tote bags for We Rise attendees.

    6:30PM - 8:00PM Screening Room

Tribal Justice

Tribal Justice, doc on Native judges using tradition to address the root causes of crime (1 Hour 27 Minutes)
Filmmaker Anne Makepeace’s documentary, Tribal Justice, follows two Native American judges as they reach back to traditional concepts of justice addressing the root causes of crime. These models of restorative justice are working and mainstream courts are taking notice.

    8:30PM - 10:00PM Main Hall Stage

Creativity As The Way Through

Musicians and artists share how they process trauma and life challenges through creativity, songwriting, movement, and art-making

With: 

Kelis

Sevyn Streeter

Dorothy

Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes)

Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Entertainment, moderator)

Saturday, May 25
OPEN 10AM - 10PM
    10:00AM - 11:30AM We Rise Rooftop

Danca Family Dance Workshop w/ live DJ Set

Join Danca Family for a workshop with live DJ set.

    10:00AM - 10:00PM Main Hall

Festival of Wellbeing

Join us for a day of games, music, movies, food, art making, community resources and family fun!

    10:00AM - 11:30AM Art Lab

Slime! For Stress Relief

Hey, kids! Join mad scientists to make slime and blow off some steam!

 

    12:00PM - 12:30PM We Rise Rooftop

Mindfulness Story Circle 1 of 3 w/ Natalie Alcala & Zooey Miyoshi

Mindfulness Story hour for kids with Natalie Alcala & Zooey Miyoshi

    12:30PM - 2:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Girls Make Beats: DJ Workshop

Learn how to cut, scratch and beat match with Girls Make Beats in a fun interactive DJ workshop suitable for any age.

    1:00PM - 5:00PM Art Lab

Silkscreening

Indigenous based arts & culture group Meztli Projects host a hands-on silkscreening lab, helping create fun and creative posters and tote bags for We Rise attendees.

    2:00PM - 4:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Purpose Driven Training Basketball Workshop

Join the trainers from Purpose Driven Training in a comprehensive basketball workshop on our rooftop basketball court. Learn new basketball skills, brush up on what you already know and pick up some new cool tricks! With James Hunt, LA Sparks Mascot and LA Sparks Dancers.

    3:00PM - 3:30PM We Rise Rooftop

Mindfulness Story Circle 2 of 3 w/Jessica Hall

Mindfulness Story hour for kids with Jessica Hall.

    3:30PM - 5:00PM Main Hall Stage

Buddy System: How To Communicate About Mental Illness Workshop by Sad Girls Club

Join Sad Girls Club for a workshop on how to communicate with the people in your life about mental illness! Learn tips gleaned from the Sad Girls Club community, build your “buddy system” for triggers, learn how to set boundaries and deal with toxic friends, and develop your mental illness and mental health vocabulary. Led by 18-y.o. Em Odesser (she/her/hers).

    3:30PM - 4:30PM We Rise Rooftop

Chulita Vinyl Club Rooftop DJ Set

Join us for a wonderful view of DTLA on our rooftop oasis!

    4:30PM - 5:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Mindfulness Story Circle 3 of 3 w/ Chudney Ross and Daisy O'Dell

Mindfulness Story hour for kids with Chudney Ross & Daisy O’Dell

    5:00PM - 5:30PM We Rise Rooftop

Steve List Kids Veggie Garden Workshop

Healthy eating begins with healthy habits. Come and get your hands dirty with Steve List.

    5:30PM - 6:30PM We Rise Rooftop

Sassyblack Rooftop DJ Set

Join Sassyblack on our rooftop lounge for some electronic psychedelic soul and hologram funk.

    6:30PM - 8:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Mia Doi Todd Performance

L.A. Singer and songwriter Mia Doi Todd blesses the rooftop stage with music as medicine celebrating life’s sweetness, sadness, beauty and joy. All joined together in rhythm, melody and word.

    7:30PM - 9:00PM Main Hall Stage

Never Not Connected: Social Media & Mental Health

When is it time to take a break? Join YouTubers, professional influencers, and social media stars for a real talk about the intersection of social media and mental health. While social media is marketed as a tool for continuous connection, teenagers from the smartphone generation are reporting record levels of anxiety and depression than ever before. How do we use social media to connect, and how does it keep us disconnected from each other? What happens when we need to take a break? How do we talk to each other about mental health and mental illness online?

    8:00PM - 9:30PM

Inside Out

Screening of Inside Out.

Sunday, May 26
OPEN 10AM - 10PM
    10:00AM - 11:00AM We Rise Rooftop

HIIT Training the Calliet Way

You’ve never experienced HIIT until you’ve experienced it like this! For 60-minutes, you will perform a series of high intensity body weight exercises, performed in intervals to get you sculpted and burning fat the right way. Join me, Corey Calliet, as I HIIT Train you the Calliet Way.

 

    10:00AM - 10:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Victory Garden Tours

Swing by and visit Steve List’s Victory Gardens and take home a free tiny tree available all day, until supplies last.

    10:00AM - 11:00AM Art Lab

Zooga Yoga for Kids

Zooga Yoga for Kids!

    11:00AM - 12:00PM Main Hall Stage

Meditation + Affirmations with Shamell Bell and Seijani

Space: Main Hall Stage

Join the amazing Shamell Bell and her son Seijani for family-friendly affirmations and meditation.

    12:00PM - 1:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Novena DJ Set

Live DJ set by Novena.

    12:00PM - 1:00PM Main Hall Stage

Radical Joy: Movement Workshop with Shamell Bell and Contra Tiempo

Movement workshop with Shamell Bell and Contra Tiempo.

    1:00PM - 5:00PM Art Lab

Bookmaking

Printing, collaging and bookbinding! Teaching artists from the Armory Center for the Arts facilitate a 3-D tunnel & small journal book-making workshops. The Armory Center focuses on an understanding and appreciation of the arts as an essential tool for a well-rounded human experience.

 

    1:00PM - 2:15PM We Rise Rooftop

Contra Tiempo Choreography Lab

    1:30PM - 3:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Ron Finley: Gardening as Resistance- Plant Your Own Medicine

Join Ron Finley, The “Gangster Gardener” as he teaches you how to grow your own food for the betterment of your health. Determined to change South Central Los Angeles from food desert to food forest, Ron’s workshop is educational, inspiring and nutritious.

    3:00PM - 5:00PM We Rise Rooftop

AfroHaus Brunch featuring The.Wav

An electrifying sonic journey of both acoustic and high energy music performances, poetry, art & dance from diverse cultures.

    3:00PM - 4:00PM Main Hall Stage

Stories Of: My Body, curated by Whitney Bell

This special edition, Stories Of: My Body, will explore the myriad ways we hold trauma in our bodies, the emotional cost of violated consent, and the universality of this pain.

 

    5:00PM - 6:30PM Main Hall Stage

Bese Presents State of Mind: Latinx Artists Talk About Serious Mental Illness

An evening of performances by incredible Latinx poets and artists sharing work about their lived experiences with mental illness. Featuring Angela Aguirre, Jonathan Humanoid, Alyesha Wise, and Hood Profet. Presented by Bese.

    5:00PM - 6:30PM We Rise Rooftop

DJ Rashida Rooftop DJ Set

Join us for the electric hip-hop, funk, soul, dancehall and house sounds from around the globe with renowned DJ Rashida.

    6:30PM - 8:00PM We Rise Rooftop

The Sound of Change: Ben Shirley and Street Symphony

Live performance by Ben Shirley & Street Symphony.

    6:30PM - 7:20PM Screening Room

VICE's Episode "Raised in the System” w/ Michael Kenneth Williams

VICE’s “Raised in the System” Actor/activist Michael Kenneth Williams embarks on a personal journey to expose the root of the American mass incarceration crisis: the juvenile justice system. (50 minutes)

    7:00PM - 9:00PM Main Hall Stage

Advanced screening of Ava DuVernay's 4-part series “When They See Us”

 Advanced screening of Ava DuVernay’s 4-part series “When They See Us”.We will be showing the first two episodes. It’s the only advanced screening in Los Angeles. The show premieres on Sunday, May 31st.

Monday, May 27
OPEN 10AM - 10PM
    10:00AM - 7:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Memorial Day BBQ

Join us for a day of celebration and remembrance.

BBQ + Music + Wall of Remembrance

 

    10:00AM - 11:00AM Art Lab

Mindfulness Story Hour for Kids with Rosario Dawson & Roz Drezfalez

Mindfulness Story Hour for Kids with Rosario Dawson & Roz Drezfalez.

    10:00AM - 11:00AM We Rise Rooftop

The Body and Mind E-Motion Bootcamp with Eric Bigger from Power 106

Join motivational speaker and fitness enthusiast Eric Bigger with a fitness and mental health session that will keep you dancing and sweating. Featuring sounds from LA’s own POWER 106.

    11:00AM - 11:30AM We Rise Rooftop

National Anthem with Elliott McKenzie

    11:30AM - 12:30PM We Rise Rooftop

Imagine.Slow.Grow

Create your own fairy garden and shift into relaxation mode with Sylmar Agricultural program leader, Steve List and Araceli Aguilar. All participants receive materials to start your own Zen “Fairy Garden” at home and everyone who attends gets a garden, until supplies last.

    12:00PM - 2:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Battlecat & QwessCoast Rooftop DJ Sets

Legendary producer and musician, DJ Battlecat spins a special remembrance set paying homage to the musicians we’ve lost and honoring their memory and legacy.

    12:00PM - 1:30PM Main Hall Stage

Purpose without Boundaries Drum Circle with Steven Angel

Purpose without Boundaries Drum Circle with Steven Angel.

 

    12:30PM - 2:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Therapy Animals for Emotional Support

Meet and Learn About Emotional Support Animals

    1:00PM - 5:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Silkscreening

Indigenous based arts & culture group Meztli Projects host a hands-on silkscreening lab, helping create fun and creative posters and tote bags for We Rise attendees.

    2:30PM - 3:00PM We Rise Rooftop

New Orleans Jazz Band

Live performance by New Orleans Jazz Band.

    3:00PM - 5:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Grand Ole Echo: Americana Music

Grand Ole Echo, a downhome celebration with live bands plus old-timey jam and bbq on the back patio vibe. Showcasing everything from southern rock to psychedelic alt-country to bluegrass.

    5:00PM - 6:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Power 106 DJ

DJ Set featuring sounds from LA’s own POWER 106

    6:00PM - 7:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Quetzal

QUETZAL is a relentlessly innovative Grammy award-winning ensemble that narrates the social, cultural and political stories of humanity

    7:00PM - 8:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Dan the Automator DJ Set

Live DJ set by Dan The Automator.

    8:00PM - 9:00PM We Rise Rooftop

Phantom Planet

Live performance by Phantom Planet.