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Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles Presents Micro Moments: Artists Living Through the COVID-19 Crisis

CIACLA’s Micro Moments are a short series of creative activations by Artists living across Ireland and the USA. These artists were invited to record a short public performance of creative activism: A moment of artistry and inspiration to capture their practice, opinions or creative process, while living through the COVID-19 crisis.

The series features writer & performer Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Multi-disciplinary Artist and Performer Colleen Keough, the composer Emer Kinsella, actor & comedian Emma Pyne, curator & artist Francis Fay, singer & actress Hannah Crowley, musician James Nolan, poet Sheila McMullin, actor & writer Susan Ateh, and artist Thinh Nguyen.

The series will be presented over ten consecutive days in September 2020.

Watch ‘Vows’ by Sheila McMullin on CIACLA’s YouTube and website.

“As we are asked to distance ourselves from those we’d rather keep close, we are also invited to remember the elements that were our first teachers. To feel around us the bounty of the wind, the guidance of water, the support of earth under our feet, and the alchemical transformation of a struck match. Feeling into the lineage of what encompasses us constantly, we can know we are not alone, although renegotiating.”

In this video, poet Sheila McMullin keeps the company of the ocean as witness to her wedding day vows as an unexpected job loss, the grand rising of demand for accountability against state sanctioned violence, and continued upheaval and lives lost due to pandemic, led her and her partner to reimagine their own participation in their daily lives.

Filmed July 20, 2020 at Will Rogers State Beach, California.


CIACLA is a non profit arts organisation that promotes Contemporary Irish Culture and supports local diverse communities in Los Angeles through a multidisciplinary programme in collaboration with local and international cultural partnerships. CIACLA is focused on developing a creative platform to support and challenge artists as a means of promoting creative innovation and collaborative initiatives in Los Angeles and across the USA.


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