Artist-Activist in Residence

Pitzer College’s Artist-Activist in Residence program invites one resident per academic year to collaborate with the Community Engagement Center to provide programming related to advancing justice through use of the arts. This can include anything from poetry, dance, music, murals, graphic design, film, and more. The purpose of this program  is to further enrich and deepen the collective learning of the college by upholding our core values of social responsibility and interdisciplinary learning. The program also provides skill-building through individual and collective applied-learning in campus community-based settings. Being an expert in a specific artistic medium and its application to active change-making, the resident has opportunities to work with social responsibility praxis courses, implementing their own curriculum for workshops, and participating in public events and campus legacy projects.

This year’s Artist-Activist in Residence, David/Judah1, is also the Inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Pomona. David/Judah1 is an accomplished poet and author of two published books of original poetry. He is the Co-Host and Founder of LionLike MindState Poetry and Art Series at the Pomona Fairplex. He has been a long-standing member of several slam poetry communities, participating in several local and regional events. Some of David’s/Judah1’s participation and experience include: member of the Los Angeles Slam Team 2005 and 2006; Coach and SlamMaster of the Empire MindState Poetry Slam Team of Pomona 2009 and 2010 – leading his team of poets to 2nd in the nation. As an entrepreneur, David/Judah1 owned and operated the now legendary machine, Pomona Art Gallery in the Pomona Arts Colony from 2011 to 2014. For this work, he was awarded a full scholarship to further his education at Pitzer College. He has been an Art Consultant for the Ontario Montclair School District since 2012.

David/Judah1 has taught poetry at every level of education spanning kindergarten to college and university workshops, even beyond bars and barriers as an art instructor for the prison education program. David has taught poetry to inmates at Chino Men’s and Women’s Prison, Norco Rehabilitation Center for Men, and Camp Glen Rocky Detention Camp for Boys in San Dimas. Fun fact: He is a licensed minister and has officiated 15 weddings! David/Judah1 was recently unanimously voted to serve on the Pomona Arts and Culture Commission as a citizen advisory committee member. He is the Director of Visual and Performance Arts at the new African American Advisory Alliance Community Center in downtown Pomona.

This year, David Judah will be partnering with Stephanie Liu-Rojas’ Writing Center Theory & Praxis class (WRIT100) and Multilingual Writing class (WRIT101) in addition to Gina Lamb’s Media Arts for Social Justice class (MS194) and Sherman Indian High School. He will facilitate poetry and writing workshops, create print poetry collections, host poetry slams, make a legacy piece to remain at the college, and work on other collaborative projects.

To contact David/Judah1, please email him at and visit his website to learn more about his work. Also, be sure to check out his spoken word performance, Pomona is Poetry!