- 2012 YUTOPIA ¦¦
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- 2009 Voices From the Center ¦¦
- 2008 Peace Is Not An Issue ¦¦
- 2007 I Have A Dream . . . Za Plotom ¦¦
- 2007 Human Nature ¦¦
- 2005 Heaven is Now! ¦¦
- 2003 Inspiration Circle ¦¦
- 2002 peace room / make room for peace ¦¦
- 1999–2001 Visualizing Violence/Peace Signs ¦¦
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- 1999 Boundaries/Color Wars ¦¦
- 1993 Art Works
Boundaries / Color Wars Jazime Dolby, Erica Grand, Jack Lopez, and Will Orellano, 1999, mixed media, © Janeil Engelstad, All Rights Reserved
Community Art Project Los Angeles, California
Project Director / Teaching Artist with the participation of Jazime Dolby, Erica Grand, Jack Lopez, and Will Orellano
A co-production of World Studio Foundation and Heart of Los Angeles Youth
Funded by World Studio Foundation and Samy’s Camera Los Angeles
Color Wars was produced with teenagers whose lives were impacted by the presence of gangs in their neighborhoods. The project began with workshops about cartography, the function of colors and symbols in our lives and community values. During these discussions a map was created of the gang-dominated segments of Los Angeles that told the story of how these teens saw their world.
Color is the most dominant aspect of this map. The girls who participated in the project wore any color clothes at any time and anywhere. The boys, who might have been associated with a gang just by virtue of their gender, had to be more careful about what they wore. For example, they would not have worn a red shirt in Crip territory, which is blue. Dressed in red, they might have been mistaken for a Blood, and possibly shot.
Hundreds of thousands of people a day, from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, walk, drive, work, and shop in the neighborhoods on this map. Many of them have little knowledge of the extensive gang activity in these places. This map provided a place for them to begin to understand how the young people who live in these same neighborhoods experience life.