Can artists and futbol fans play well together?

The challenge facing the Highland Park-based Outpost for Contemporary Art was to come up with a late spring fundraiser that – like its annual fall Monster Drawing Rally – combined fun, art and community participation. The result is the Outpost Cup Futbol Day, which will feature live music, performance as well as a soccer tournament composed of teams of artists, residents, families and other groups. The Outpost Cup, which will be played and performed at Vista Hermosa Park between Echo Park and downtown, won’t be held until Sunday, June 6. But the arts organization is currently seeking artists and musiciansas well as soccer players – to participate in the event. What do futbol and contemporary art have in common? Echo Park resident and Outpost board member Jeremy Rosenberg, who came up with the idea, explains via email:

“Outpost Cup made sense for a bunch of reasons.
First, who doesn’t like futbol? And who doesn’t like music and food and performance? Second, Outpost brings in visiting artists from different parts of the world and then helps those artists accomplish Los Angeles-area projects. Outpost’s next geographic focus is South America, with six or so artists and artist groups due to arrive later this year and next. And yeah, we’ve heard that futbol or futebol is kinda popular in South America. And finally, for anyone who doesn’t know, the World Cup begins five days after the Outpost Cup, so the event timing just seemed right.”

Photo by Kat Coyle/Flickr

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