Past Event

The Awt of Measuring Resilience powered by REACH LA

  • September 28, 2019 | 2pm

The Awt (say it out loud) of Measuring Resilience is an afternoon of visual and performative demonstrations of REACH LA’s history, and its current activities in the house and ballroom community facilitated by Sean/Milan™Garcon.

 Initially conceived in 1992 by a group of community organizers and artists (including Laura Owens) as a bi-annual rave/sexual health fair for youth in Los Angeles, REACH LA has served queer youth of color through innovative programming for 25 years. In the mid-2000s, REACH LA brought in the Legendary Sean/Milan Garcon to continue REACH LA’s mission by bridging arts, health, and wellness in partnership with Los Angeles’ House and Ballroom Community, Drag Circuit, and other queer youth of color networks.

This event is free and open to the public, but event reservations are required. 

About Sean/Milan™Garcon

The Legendary Sean/Milan™ Garcon is a performance artist, advocate, and co-founding pioneer of the West Coast Ballroom Scene. As the Arts Program Manager at REACH LA for the last 13 years, Sean has constructed programs that bridge HIV education, wellness development and artistic creation for queer and trans youth of color in Los Angeles. Notably, he has founded and produced the annual Ovahness Ball, the longest-running Ball on the West Coast. Through his work, Sean has developed partnerships with institutions such as Macy’s, MAC AIDS Fund, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, City of West Hollywood Cultural Affairs, World of Wonder, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Door, 356 S. Mission Rd. and many others.