In this episode, Eric sits down with artist and longtime friend Michael Massenburg, for an intimate conversation about what inspired him to become an artist. They discuss his experiences growing up in Los Angeles during the 1965 Watts Rebellion and significant moments that ended up informing his art. They reflect on the untimely death of Sam Cook who’s song “A Change Is Gonna Come” became a symbol of the civil rights movement… the Killing of Latasha Harlins, the Rodney King verdict, and the LA Riots of 1992. Massenburg describes his journey of discovering art and what drives him as an artist.

Guest Bio: Michael Massenburg was born in San Diego and raised in Los Angeles California. Michael pursued his studies at California State University, Long Beach, and Otis School of Art and Design. Massenburg has exhibited in galleries and museums, completed private commissions, and worked on public art projects throughout the country and abroad. His list of public artwork clients includes Verizon, MTA Metro, ESPN, American Jazz Museum, and the Fabulous Forum. He is also the recipient of various grants, including from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council. Along with his art-making practices, Michael is a teaching artist, community organizer and activist for various organizations and causes.

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