ALA MAI: An Awakening of Mental Health Awareness
May 1 - 31, 2021
An outdoor art exhibit at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM) featuring art panels installed on the exterior fencing of the garden along Alamitos Avenue & Gumbiner Park, to be experienced and enjoyed by our neighborhood community and all guests.
Works of art created by Jason Pereira (JP) & his artist friends: Crisselle Mendiola, Genesis J Leuta & Lucy Montelongo
Art that reflects our process of healing.
Art that hopes to bring you the joy you deserve…
that is our prayer.
Ala Mai in Samoan means to awaken or rise up
This program is a part of the “Bridging Wellness” series of community pop-ups generously supported by WE RISE LA in partnership with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. “Bridging Wellness” is a collaborative effort by Angels Gate Cultural Center, Arts Council for Long Beach, Compound LB and 10 other organizations and artists in the Harbor Region. WE RISE encourages wellbeing and healing through art, connection, community engagement and creative expression throughout May, Mental Health Awareness Month. WE RISE includes Art Rise, a series of 21 art experiences; Community Pop-Ups, hyperlocal activities across Los Angeles County neighborhoods; and a robust Digital Experience, offering original programs that can be enjoyed from anywhere. All installations and activities are meant to be participated in online or viewed from a distance individually or in small groups, in order to remain COVID-safe while fostering community connection and collective healing.