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Sunday Jump (SJ) is a community-based arts organization that produces monthly open mic events and arts workshops for the public. The mission is to provide a safe space for marginalized voices to share their stories and make genuine connections through the arts. The therapeutic act of sharing stories serves to validate the traumas and struggles facing individuals and the collective in an environment maintained by our two community guidelines: Our organization's leaders are award-winning poets and community activists who have shared their work across the nation. Co-Director Eddy M. Gana Jr., MSW, is an experienced mental health professional. They received a BA in Psychology & Social Behavior and Criminology, Law, & Society from UC Irvine (UCI), a Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling from UCLAx, and Master of Social Work from USC.
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Sunday Jump (SJ) is a community-based arts organization that produces monthly open mic events and arts workshops for the public. The mission is to provide a safe space for marginalized voices to share their stories and make genuine connections through the arts. The therapeutic act of sharing stories serves to validate the traumas and struggles facing individuals and the collective in an environment maintained by our two community guidelines: (1) express not impress, and (2) free speech, not hate speech. Founded in 2012 to fill the need for a Filipino-founded open mic space in Historic Filipinotown, SJ has evolved from a sparsely attended open mic to a production that draws in an average of 70 attendees per show. Historic Filipinotown was designated by the city of Los Angeles as a historic-cultural neighborhood in 2002 after a 30-year campaign. While the district still has a sizeable Filipino population and continues to serve as the region’s historic, social, and cultural center for the community, it shares the area with a majority population of Mexican and Central Americans, as well as African Americans, Armenians, and other Asians. Celebrating the 10th season, Sunday Jump is the longest running Filipino-founded open mic in Historic Filipinotown organized by Queer, Trans, Black, and Indigenous People of Color. The demographics we serve are 50% Asian, 19% Latinx, 3% Pacific Islander, 14% White, 5% Black. 97% of our audience are ages 18-54 and 2% are youth ages 13-21. The primary neighborhoods served in Historic Filipinotown include the zip codes 90004, 90026, and 90057. We believe the arts are a way for community members to creatively engage with race, gender, mental health, and a multitude of difficult topics. The practice of sharing stories reveals the diversity of experiences and combats monolithic representations of marginalized populations.
Current programs include our monthly open mic, monthly workshops, and print publications. The open mic is held every first Sunday of the month. The show includes three featured performing artists, up to two community spotlights, a food vendor, and the open mic, which serves as the backbone for the show. Most often, performers share art in the disciplines of poetry and music, but the show has also included dancers, filmmakers, playwrights, and comedians. Workshops are held every third Sunday of the month. Workshops provide an intimate and welcoming learning environment for participants to engage in the topic of the month. Past workshop topics have included: DIY Paper Making, Poetics of Ingat, Queer Love is Spacious, and Find Your Voice Amidst the Noise. Sunday Jump has published physical and digital chapbooks featuring art from multiple disciplines. Since 2014, Sunday Jump has organized the Katipunan Poetry Slam. For Filipinos, the modern day poetry slam is an echo of the balagtasan (a poetic, political debate). Continuing the work of those who have paved the way before us, from Jose Rizal to Jessica Hagedorn, the slam provides a platform for us to showcase the variety of voices and points of view among Filipinos and Filipino-Americans today. The lineup includes published authors and seasoned slam champions who are recognized locally and nationally. In August 2019, we partnered with KPCC In Person’s Unheard LA storytelling series to provide a Special Edition of Sunday Jump at their home base in Pasadena: the Crawford Family Forum. To represent our space, we developed a specially curated show that brought in an all-star lineup that consisted of longtime family, as well as newer artists who have entered the Sunday Jump fold.