WE'RE MAKING SPACE!
The Experimental Quesadilla Lab is an artist-designed wellness program. Quesadillas, art and yoga all become tools for exploring creativity and learning about yourself and your community. EQL makes spaces for communities to gather and imagine new possibilities from the world around them. The project was initiated in Los Angeles in 2013 by social engagement artist, Teresa Flores.
EQL changes for every location it pops up, and this edition at Virginia Avenue Park is a little more slow and intentional. Over the course of six weeks, Teresa and her collaborators will guide three Experimental Quesadilla Lab sessions and six Storytelling & Yoga sessions for members of Virginia Avenue Park’s Pico neighborhood and beyond.
The first 30 participants for each quesadilla workshop will receive a free quesadilla food and art kit packed with art supplies and a variety of cheeses, tortillas and experimental ingredients from nearby vendors to create art and quesadillas at home. Experimental Quesadilla Lab workshops will include art-making, community cooking sessions and learning about the foods and art supplies accessible from nearby retailers.
On Sundays, EQL collaborator, Rebecca Plevin will guide the community through yoga workshops that create flows with poses reflecting the culture and history of Santa Monica. The flows will be developed over the course of six workshops and be informed by participants' stories about their connection to the community and the ways they interact with the urban landscape.
This project was made possible by Art of Recovery, an initiative of the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs.
Spaces to imagine new possibilities
EXPERIMENTAL QUESADILLA LAB
Experimental Quesadilla Lab brings together the traditional, alternative and bougie cheeses and tortillas near Santa Monica’s Virginia Avenue Park for a one-hour workshop that explores food accessibility and culture in the Pico neighborhood, one of Santa Monica’s most historic and diverse areas. A limited supply of EQL kits will be available for workshop participants to take home.
EQL Kits include cheeses from Lady and Larder, tortillas from Tortillas Mejorado, produce from Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market and more.
Build a yoga flow that tells stories about the Santa Monica/LA area. The final session will include poses like the Santa Monica Swoop, a pose a community member named after the pelicans that dive in the ocean nearby.
Each Experimental Quesadilla Lab Kit comes with a set of art materials and creative prompts for exploring your creativity at home. Create artworks and craft pieces with your family, friends and neighbors and share photos and stories of what you make online using #quesolab or share with our lab stewards to be included a small archival book at the end of the series.
Experimental Quesadilla Lab Kits
Can't make it to the lab but want to experiment at home?
Free EQL Food Kits for the first 30 participants at each quesadilla workshop.