June 29, 2015 – 7 PM
at Human Resources – 410 Cottage Home St., LA 90012
In this kick-off session we posed the question, “If there were a PoC Survival Guide for artists, what topics would you want it to cover?” This think tank served to “crowdsource” content for the survival guide we all wish we had. Artists and activists of color were invited to a conversation where we shared the relevant issues and survival skills encountered and employed by communities of color working in the arts.

July 8, 2015 – 7-10 PM
at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) – 6522 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90028

Opening reception for Race, Art & Survival – Michelada Think Tank & Chats About Change
July 13, 2015 – 7-10 PM
at Cielo Galleries – 3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, California 90011

Michelada Think Tank continued the “PoC Survival Guide” project with discussions that investigate, explore, and unpack particular issues that were raised in the kick-off at Human Resources. The discussions were aimed at creating large scale structural change to move the condition of PoC artists beyond surviving and into thriving. In moving the conversation forward, we focused our CIELO think tank on how education and class impact PoC’s ability to establish and maintain a radical practice. Sustainable cultural production that counters white supremacy is only possible if economic and academic barriers can be overcome or circumvented. Therefore, we sought to create strategies for PoC cultural workers to acquire the tools necessary to thrive. How can knowledge be distributed amongst those who lack the means for formal education? How does the perceived role of art in western and non-western societies affect the classroom? What are specific challenges that women and LGBTQIA artists of color face in the classroom?  How can we establish mentor/mentee relationships outside of the academic frame? What is the role of grassroots organizations in providing alternatives to large institutions and academia? What are the resources, activities, or rituals for self-empowerment? How can we involve / reach out to / educate youth in the pursuit of radical practice? Are academic institutions needed?

 August 10, 2015 – 7-10 PM
at ArtExchange – ArtX – 356 E 3rd St, Long Beach, California 90802
For this think tank we explored the tension between visibility and invisibility- the sense of marginalization that artist of color (or POC) frequently experience. In this conversation we explored the question of what it means to exist in the art world, and conversely outside of it. Some ideas we considered: What does it mean to exist in the “art world”? What does it mean to exist beyond a dominant “art world”? How and where do you locate yourself in relationship to hegemonic art discourse and capital? Does lack of opportunities (in the form of money, exposure, or discourse) hinder (creative) development? Is economic power the most important type of power in the arts? Can we imagine a multivalent “art world” that erases ideas of power, dominance, margin, and center? What other sorts of power or influence do People Of Color offer that traditional art institutions don’t?
August 31, 2015 – 7-10 PM
at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) – 6522 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90028 

Closing reception and final forum. This event focused on intergenerational dialogue as a strategy for survival. Attendees were also invited to contribute to Michelada Think Tank’s project, a “POC Survival Guide,” by lending their thoughts and words to a participatory graphic outline. With special guests: Shamell Bell, Simon Leung, Shizu Saldamando, Teka- Lark Fleming, Ken Gonzales- Day, and Yago Cura.