Avenues of Activism

Design has always embraced activism. It inspires breath-taking work that has changed society and the trajectory of the artists career. The opportunities for expression has grown…or has it? 

The category was once dominated by posters, but now the immediacy and amplification potential of social media ads and organic posts seem the natural next step. But what about the potential for censorship from the privately owned social platforms or faceless blowback.

Join the conversation — learn what experts see as the future of design and activism. Will design activism look like the past, be a complete change or a blend of both? Attend our event to find out. 

6:45 PM: Mix & Mingle
7:30 PM: Introduction
7:40 PM: Speakers
8:30 PM: Q&A
8:45 PM: Closing Remarks
8:50 PM: Giveaways
9:00 PM: After Party at Father's Office

Sustaining & above members: Free
Contributing & Supporting members
: $15
Student members: $10
Non-members: $25

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Public and street parking is available. Public transit and ride sharing are also encouraged. For public transportation visit metro.net for schedules.


Marie-Aimee Brajeux
Marie-Aimee is a consultant and strategic adviser to social ventures around the world, combining community-based research skills with academic expertise to solve real world problems. She is passionate about helping purpose-driven organizations achieve their potential for social change through innovation, social impact measurement and finding creative solutions to make a difference in underserved communities.

W.F. Umi Hsu
W.F. Umi Hsu (pronouns: they/them) is a strategic designer and public humanist who engages with  research and organizing agendas for equity in arts, technology, and civic life. Hsu leads design strategy and digital initiatives at the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. A former ACLS Public Fellow, Hsu advises Arts for LA, LA Counts, Cultural Research Network, Center for Cultural Innovation, and Society of Ethnomusicology and teaches as an adjunct professor at ArtCenter College of Design and University of Southern California. Hsu has received fellowships and awards from National Endowment for the Arts, American Council for Learned Society, Shuttleworth Foundation, GovTech, and LA Metro.

Abby Stone
Abby Stone is an architectural and urban designer. She is the Design + Engagement Lead at LA-Más, a non-profit urban design organization that helps underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. Abby received her Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and her BA in Architecture and Mathematics from Columbia University. Prior to joining LA-Más, she worked for several non-profit design organizations and in the architecture offices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Lewis Tsurmaki Lewis.

Jayna Zweiman
Jayna Zweiman is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Zweiman’s independent practice combines architecture, art and new media to focus on experiences that overlap physical, virtual and conceptual spaces. She a co-creator and co-founder of Pussyhat Project, an international network and movement of women’s rights supporters. The project was highly visible at the 2017 Women’s Marches with one of the largest crowd-sourced art advocacy projects ever. She is creator and founder of Welcome Blanket, a reconceptualization of the 2000-mile length of the proposed border wall as 2000-mile length of yarn to make individual welcome blankets for new immigrants coming to the United States. She received her AB from Brown University in visual arts and economics and her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

In addition to the panel discussion, there will be a one-night exhibition of 50+ Activism Posters from Around The World. 

Why Posters? Poster – a weapon of mass instruction, an informational and emotional grenade designed to disseminate among its viewers its clear, direct, and compelling statement.

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Helms Bakery District is a historical Los Angeles destination, with award-winning restaurants, a unique collection of design and home furnishings stores, and simply a perfect place to meet with friends. This landmark building nestled in the heart of West L.A. is easy to get to and located just one block east of the Metro Expo Line. Join us for a day of food, furniture and fun.

How this program fulfills the vision of AIGA LA
Community: Creating open, inclusive, diverse spaces for conversation and connection.
Wisdom: Developing the knowledge base needed to improve and act upon design’s role in the world.

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When & Where
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM PST
Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232