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South El Monte Arts Posse

As Andi Rowe lived in South El Monte (because I lived in South El Monte), I think it only fitting to share here the work of the fabulous South El Monte Arts Posse!

South El Monte Arts Posse, or SEMAP,  is a collective of artists, writers, urban planners, educators, scholars, farmers, ecologists, swap meet vendors, and youth dedicated to engaging with the South El Monte and El Monte community through the arts.

They organize events, such as readings. They are also currently putting together a reader called “East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte”, which promises to be an engaging and informative collection of pieces on the people, places, events, and movements of South El Monte and El Monte. The first two entries can be read here.

And they’re putting together an oral history!

These are incredibly ambitious projects. It’s wonderful to see people taking such an interest in these places dear to my heart. I know that thanks to them the history, culture, and art of these communities will not be lost.

Find SEMAP on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news from this exciting group!


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