The AAC Presents:
Zone 5 in the City: Audubon Center at Debs Park, April 12 through May 10, 2008


Artist Opportunity
Zone 5 in the City: Art Sustaining Nature

In connection with Zone 5 in the City: Art Sustaining Nature


Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Explore Debs Park and identify edible, medicinal, poisonous and useful plants.
Meet at the
Audubon Center at Debs Park entrance, 4700 N. Griffin Avenue, L.A. 90031

Led by urban naturalist, Christopher Nyerges

FREE and open to the public. 323.850.8566

The Arroyo Arts Collective’s site-specific temporary installation exhibition, Zone 5 in the City: Art Sustaining Nature, refers to permaculture's classification of “Zone 5” as the wilderness zone from which we learn the important lesson of working with nature not against it. Zone 5 in the City is a project that brings professional artists together with High School students to explore the issue of sustainability through the construction of site-specific installations on the grounds of the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

The Audubon Center is located on one of the last parcels of open space in Los Angeles. Comprising 282 acres of urban wilderness, it contains California walnut woodland and coastal scrub habitats. Located in a wildlife corridor for migratory birds, the park is a haven for 138 species of birds. The Audubon’s building was designed using the principles of sustainability. The design focuses on a number of key environmental issues that are at the heart of sustainable building, including renewable energy sources, water conservation, recycled building materials, and native landscaping.

The exhibit asks artists to consider two questions:

1. What distinguishes the local ecosystem in and around the 17 acres surrounding the Audubon Center?
2. How can we best safeguard the resources needed for a high quality of life for all the members (human, plant and animal) of the Northeast community for many generations.

Read more about the exhibition on the Zone 5 blog:

Proposal Submission Process

The Arroyo Arts Collective invites artists of all disciplines to submit proposals for temporary, site-specific installations addressing issues of sustainability within the area bounded by Griffin Avenue, Scrub Jay Trail and the Butterfly Loop.

As the Audubon Center is first and foremost a wildlife sanctuary it is important for artists to not disturb the living environments of the plants and animals within the grounds. Intrusive activities such as digging or the introduction of non-local plant or animal species is not allowed. Artists are permitted to harvest plants within the Center’s boundaries.  Because of the delicate balance of the ecosystems within the park, Elva Yanez, Director of the Audubon Center, will preview all proposals.

Artists are encouraged to visit and explore the park; admission is free and they are open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The park is located at: 4700 North Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031.

Honorariums of $250 - $500 will be awarded to artists whose proposals are selected by jurors Helen Lessick and James Rojas. Award decisions will be based on the complexity and monetary needs of the installation.

Submit two copies of the following:

Project Description: 500 word typed proposal including materials, construction methods, location, and student’s role.


Images: Five images of past work on cd in .jpg format; one detail shot of each work can also be included.

Budget: Line item budget of cost of installation including materials, equipment, transportation, assistance, etc.

Optional: Sketch of proposed installation; image of proposed site.

Include an SASE to return materials and name and contact information on all materials. No electronic submissions accepted.

Mail to:
Zone 5/ Arroyo Arts Collective
P.O. Box 50835
Los Angeles, CA 90050-0835

NEW Deadlines and Important Dates
February 15, 2008 - All proposals must be received by this date
February 29, 2008 - Selected artists notified by phone, all others by mail
March 29-April 11, 2008 - Installation of projects
April 12-May10, 2008 - Exhibition
May 14-May 17, 2008 - De-installation