Meet our Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence, Alan Nakagawa!  In his work with the LADOT, he has had the unique opportunity to immerse himself into the daily workings of our transportation program. In response to this experience, he has produced a series of art projects including LA Dot Zine 1.0., LADOT’s first ever zine.  For the creation of this zine, Nakagawa invited a small group of LA-based writers, poets, photographers and painters to respond to the issue of pedestrian safety. It’s a creative way to bring attention to LA’s critical need for traffic awareness and safety. What’s more is that this project parallels Los Angeles’ Vision Zero Initiative, a city-wide campaign to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025.  (By the way, Vision Zero just released their Action Plan which can be downloaded here:

LA Dot Zine 1.0 includes the work of Sandy Rodriguez, Rafael Cardenas, GhostbikesLA, Tom Clancey, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Mike Sonksen, Jian Huang, Peter J. Harris, Matthew Timmons, Alicia Vogl Saenz, John Fisher, LA Road Concerts and Alan Nakagawa.

As if this new zine wasn’t exciting enough, you will have 19 informal opportunities to meet with Alan Nakagawa at events all over Los Angeles. For one hour, Alan will be drinking coffee at the locations listed below with his LADOT safety vest on and a stack of free zines to give out.  Alan hopes to see you all there!

Here is the full schedule:

February 3, 8:30 AM @ Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop, 468 W 6th Street, San Pedro CA 90731

February 3, 12:30 PM @ Watts Coffee House, 1827 E 103rd Street, LA CA 90002

February 4, 9 AM @ Joyce’s, 8826 Reseda Blvd. Northridge CA 91324

February 5, 12 PM @ Fruta y Cultura, 13512 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima CA

February 5, 3 PM @ Donut Baker, 8708 Lankershim Blvd, Sun Valley CA 91352

February 6, 10 AM @ Bobby’s Coffee Shop, 22821 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills CA 91364

February 6, 12 PM @ Cahuenga General Store AKA Hallenbeck’s, 5510 Cahuenga Blvd North Hollywood CA 91601

February 7, 11 AM @ Balconi Coffee, 11301 W Olympic Blvd, LA CA 90064

February 8, 11:30 AM @ Tilt Coffee Bar, 334 S Main Street LA CA 90012

February 8, 5 PM @ Document Coffee Bar, 3850 Wilshire Blvd LA CA

February 11, 10 AM @ Civil Coffee, 5629 N Figueroa St LA CA 90042

February 11, 12 PM @ Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd LA CA 90039

February 11, 2 PM @ The Trails, 2333 Fern Dell Dr. LA CA 90027

February 16, 12 PM @ La Taquiza, 3009 S Figueroa St. LA CA

February 16, 2 PM @ Revolutionary North African Tacos, 1436 W Jefferson Blvd LA CA 90007

February 17, 10 AM @ Food, LA, 10571 W Pico Blvd LA CA 90064

February 18, 10 AM @ Giorgi Porgi, 137 E 3rd St. LA CA

February 19, 10 AM @ Mornings Nights, 1523 Griffith Park Blvd LA CA 90026

February 19, 9 AM @ Primera Taza, 1850 ½ E 1st St LA CA 90033

This project was made possible in part by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.