Tricia Ward


Tricia Ward: I have created various forms of collective public art as a catalytic force for over 30 years in places as diverse as New York City, Houston, Detroit and Los Angeles.  Through integration of life’s disciplines…the organic, responsive and traditional art forms manifest in a site-specific process.

In 1992 I founded la Tierra de la Culebra, a one acre community youth artpark, encompassing a 500 ft. long serpentine sculptural centerpiece that includes: an amphitheatre, Ziggurat and pond, fruit trees and terraced gardens.  In LA’s overcrowded inner city, the Culebra has engaged residents in daily activities; such as sculptural landscape and gardening, painting/graffiti, dance, drumming, music, theatre and spoken word, as well as civic and policy awareness workshops.  Moreover it truly serves as an much needed place for visits and repose among intergenerational residents.

I founded ACLA…art…community…land…activism; formerly ARTScorpsLA to facilitate and create additional community specific sites; Spiraling Orchard in Temple Beaudry, Studio Chinatown and Francis Avenue Gardens in Koreatown.  Seasonal and thematic celebrations have been an interdisciplinary offering at the sites since they were developed, creating community driven rituals and embracing the potency of community gathering.

Through the years la Culebra has become a seminal place for artistic and cultural exchange.  Not without enormous challenges, but it’s very existence 20 years latter does speak to the power of art and collective collaboration.  Art is a relational vehicle and catalysts to build trust, knowledge and solidarity.  The essence of collective power can be achieved through reciprocal collaboration; where art, nature and humanity work together to define the cultural DNA of a community, of which there are many.  My mantra:  Life as Art and Art as Life!!!

Additionally, I have taught and guest lectured at Graduate Programs in Public Art Studies and Urban Cultural Planning at USC, San Francisco Art Institute, UCI, Harvard and UCLA with hope of cultivating the next generation of community artistic cultural workers.