Community members respond to artist’s prompts: What are the promises that we are willing to make to ourselves and
each other? (May 2016)
Propagate Progress is participatory, community-building event culminating with a sculptural installation. The public
attended an artist-led happening at Bergamot Station Center for the Arts to discuss their visions for progress. Each person
contributed their promise to the future by writing it on large-scale paper rolls, which were later transformed into the
physical sculpture. The purpose of the project is to explore the multiple meanings of “progress” within a given community.
Bergamot Station embodies a rich history of “progress” in transportation, technology and community. Whether it is tourists
or commuters, Bergamot has been an entry point into Santa Monica. This project similarly uses the Station as an entry
point to talk about Santa Monica’s visions as a community for the future.