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Welcome Blanket Exhibition in the Design Center Copy

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Free
Welcome Blanket is a platform for engagement that transforms the abstract concept of immigration into a tangible crowd-sourced artistic action. Handcraft makers are invited to make Welcome Blankets that include notecards with stories important to their families about immigration/migration/relocation to create symbolic and practical gifts of welcome for new refugees coming to the United States. These gifts are collected, catalogued, and displayed at art institutions and exhibitions. After each show’s close, Welcome Blanket’s 30+ partner refugee resettlement groups present these tangible gifts of welcome to our newest neighbors.

Welcome Blanket Craft Along & Helms Exhibition Tour

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Free
The Second Tuesday of every month, Welcome Blanket founder Jayna Zweiman hosts a virtual Welcome Blanket craft along. People join from Alaska to Florida, and from California to Maine. Whether you’re crafting, craft curious, or just want to connect, everyone is welcome!

This Tuesday, September 13, Jayna will hosting from the Welcome Blanket exhibition at the Helms Design Center. If you haven’t been able to see the show in person, this is a great way to see it! And if you’re in LA, please join us in person — the doors at Helms will be open.

Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Khadim Dai

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Free
As part of Welcome Blanket exhibition at Helms Design Center, please join us for a conversation, film screening and Q+A with filmmaker Khadim Dai. Khadim will be joining us remotely from Pakistan, where he is helping his family immigrate to Canada. He will be sharing two shorts: “Your Dust Will Carry” and “Machid.”

Welcome Blanket Exhibition Closing Event

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Free
Welcome Blanket is a platform for engagement that transforms the abstract concept of immigration into a tangible crowd-sourced artistic action. Handcraft makers are invited to make Welcome Blankets that include notecards with stories important to their families about immigration/migration/relocation to create symbolic and practical gifts of welcome for new refugees coming to the United States. These gifts are collected, catalogued, and displayed at art institutions and exhibitions. After each show’s close, Welcome Blanket’s 30+ partner refugee resettlement groups present these tangible gifts of welcome to our newest neighbors.

Welcome Back! Balloon Installation & Community Dialogue with Frances Anderton

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Free
We’ve been through unprecedented times, marked by a retreat from public spaces and by a reevaluation of intimate spaces. On Sunday, September 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm,  The L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design welcomes you back and we’ve blown up big balloons! Thought balloons with your messages and observations about how you occupied space over the last 2 ½ years are on display. Welcome to the conversation.

Westside Urban Forum Returns to In-Person Events!

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

On Thursday, September 22nd from 8:30 to 9:30 am, please join Westside Urban Forum for Piece by Piece – Modular Construction’s Future in the LA Region, a discussion about present and future obstacles for modular construction and the exploration of  its potential for transformative change.

smART Talks at Helms! FREE For Artists and Creative Professionals

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Starting on Saturday, September 24th, we are excited to partner with Crewest Studio to present smARTtalks: A New Monthly Educational Series for Artists + Creatives with Expert Panelists! smARTalks occur once a month on Saturdays from 10am-1pm inside the Helms Design Center. 

Book Signing + Talk with Joseph Giovannini

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Free
Join us on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for a conversation about the new authoritative history of the Avant-Garde architecture of our times with Joseph Giovannini and architectural journalist Frances Anderton. 

Join us for Frances Anderton’s book release celebration!

Helms Design Center 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Join us on Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 pm as we celebrate the release of Frances Anderton's book Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles, published by Angel City Press. Stop in for a reception, a lively talk and Q&A.