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Art & Life with The Passion Projects

Today we’d like to introduce you to the co-founders of The Passion Projects, Christina Smith and Zachary Sanders.

Christina and Zachary, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
The Passion Projects came to life in March of 2019. After seeing a desperate necessity in the LA art scene for an accessible and creative community, we decided to take action and start building what we felt was needed by many. We wanted workshops, networking opportunities, concerts, performances and fine art to all come together under one roof. With Zach’s experience directing shows and being a musician/actor and Christina’s background as a visual artist and creative director, we knew we had a good foundation to build a platform that was unique, sincere, impactful and thought-provoking.

Our name, The Passion Projects, came to us late one night while we were drawing up logos and speaking to our idea of being a “passion project”. The name immediately inspired the very literal idea of building a collective of artists who are encouraged to share their projects and creative interests that they are most passionate about. Our collective is built on the foundation of supporting local artists by providing an inclusive creative community that both challenges and encourages one another to bring their individual passion projects to life.

As a collective, we develop collaborative works, performances and events in an attempt to dissolve the border between all art forms while synthesizing the spectator and the experience.

Please tell us about your art.
We focus on interweaving the original works of local artists of every art form into one cohesive and immersive art experience. We provide workshops and seminars, host creative events and provide resources and exposure to the artistic community. The Passion Projects thrives by offering a supportive communal space where artists can build, share, and create original work together.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
We definitely think the role of artists has changed, and the responsibility of artists being a questioning reflection to society is more crucial than ever. All of our show’s themes are directly inspired by what is being experienced in the zeitgeist of our society. We want to offer a platform and voice to all artists that need to express the feelings that are generated from the collective experiences we are going through both internally and externally.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
We have two upcoming events locked in at the moment and more to come!

1. “Show & Tell” an open mic forum we’re hosting where artists can share poems, songs, works in progress, dances, short films and other interesting things they’ve learned in Science, Philosophy, Spirituality, etc. Each Show & Tell will have three featured artists and the other “Show & Tellers” will be able to sign-up at the door.
The show will take place every second Thursday of each month at a modern jungle venue near Downtown, LA.
Sign-ups for the open mic forum start at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. We look forward to you potentially coming and sharing what you’re most passionate about!

2. Our next art show is called OBSCURED and takes place at The Vortex on October 5th from 7 PM -Midnight. This show aims to touch on what lies beneath the surface, needing to be uncovered. Each part of the show tells a story emphasizing the emerging aspects of our lives that are unknown, yearned for, or feel hidden. It will feature 15+ visual artists/vendors, six music acts, four dancers, four poets, and four live rotating painters together creating collaborative pieces. There will be an hour long portion of the show strictly dedicated to an immersive all encompassing art experience that will be book ended by four hours of mingling with local creatives, buying art, dancing, and connecting as a community. This performance segment will consist of live music, dance, and poetry all interwoven together from the original work of different local musicians, spoken word poets, and choreographers.

See more of our work and support us at:
Instagram: @passionprojectsla

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Image Credit:
Ani Agassi & Christina Smith

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