This video is part one of a multi-media installation by Michele Jaquis, Beth Peterson and Trinidad Ruiz for the ongoing project Debating Through the Arts, conceived of and organized by Jerri Allyn and Inez Bush.
This project began a year before the great food truck movement reemerged in Los Angeles, filling the city with fusion tacos, fine food and mobile gourmet of all varieties. At that time, we envisioned a taco truck that would bring both food and opportunities to neighborhoods throughout LA, allowing residents to vote and share opinions about developments in their neighborhoods. As the project developed we realized that we cannot solve the issues of gentrification and cultural equity without knowing the specifics of each neighborhood. We want to break down the walls between neighborhoods that are divided between ethnicity and class and facilitate cultural equity by exchanging questions, answers, stories, and a little ice cream. The installation will evolve all summer as our team of journalists / ice cream vendors (puppets) collect videotaped interviews from the residents of LA's diverse neighborhoods.
Participants for this ongoing series are welcome.