Avery Clayton Spirit Award 2020 Honoree


Avery Clayton Spirit Award 2020 Honoree

Together with the communities who collectively share their personal stories with me, have cracked open a code.  ~Guadalupe Rosales

The Avery Clayton Spirit Award was established by the Executive Committee of LA as Subject in 2010. Avery Clayton was a long time active member of LA as Subject and founder of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, which was home to his mother Dr. Clayton's life work - a collection that preserves and shares the story of all aspects of the African-American experience. The Avery Clayton Spirit Award is given annually at the Archives Bazaar reception to a person or organization that embodies Avery’s spirit of dedication, enthusiasm, energy, curiosity and generosity.

This year we are pleased to honor Guadalupe Rosales for her work documenting late 20th and early 21st century Latinx youth culture in Southern California. Her digital archives Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz, alongside companion physical archives, ensure that community memory is preserved and made accessible. Since 2015 Rosales has used Instagram as a platform to provide access and encourage dialogue. The use of an online platform is more timely than ever, as the digital realm has become a central connective space for many of us during the pandemic. This year is LA as Subject’s 25th anniversary, and as we look toward the future of community archives over the next twenty-five years, Rosales' work demonstrates the importance and possibilities for archival work as a shared, participatory process that centers the voice and identity of the community.


Thumbnail image: Cover of  MAP POINTZ, A COLLECTIVE MEMORY by Guadalupe Rosales, published by Little Big Man, designed by Stephen Serrato.