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ANSWER 1 ︎︎︎ For those interested in knowing who is behind For the Birds Trapped in Airports. 

Reporter: What kind of birds are they?

Spokesperson: I don’t know the specifics but we get a lot of sparrows, and we've even had a bat inside one of the terminals.

Reporter: This USDA team you talk about, working on the inside of the airport, is the same team that would work on getting birds away from the runways so that there aren't bird strikes?

Spokesperson: Absolutely. And that's one of the challenges that we face is that they have high priorities of keeping people safe on the aircraft out on the airfield so it takes their time to come inside to the building to try and remove these little birds that really are not posing a direct safety hazard to travelers. So they have bigger fish to fry.

Reporter: This sounds like an area that is just waiting for an invention. Some kind of technology that could help you get these birds out.

Spokesperson: Absolutely. We're open to innovation. If anyone has a really good idea about how to capture and remove these little birds, we're certainly open to hearing it.

Reporter: Is this a question you get a lot from passengers coming through [the airport] that they notice the birds and they wonder if anything's being done?

Spokesperson: We do get this a lot from customers who notice the birds on the concourses as they're waiting for a plane, we see almost every day people taking pictures of their little bird friends that they've made sitting at the gate and so it's definitely something that they notice.

Reporter: [The airport] is dealing with all kinds of flight I guess.

Spokesperson: All kinds of flight.

    Excerpts from the Colorado Public Radio feature:
   DIA Isn’t Sure What To Do About Birds In Its Terminal.    — — —

At the moment, the studio labor team consists of: 


Matthew Austin (he/him) is an arts worker in Los Angeles who is still learning.

He has been working with books, furniture, and education in his creative efforts for the past several years.

Matt is currently a member of the Candor Collective, for which this studio is an active resource.

Previous projects aligned with the efforts of this studio first began with The Chicago Perch in 2012 and evolved into Candor Arts in 2015.

For the Birds Trapped in Airports is the next iteration of these studio projects.


Toby Meyer (they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist and craftsperson living in Los Angeles.

They are interested in the emotional landscape of decay and growth, and in grasping at the materiality of motion. Currently they are working mostly with metal, stone and handmade paper.

Joann Haeun Ahn 안하은 (they/them) is a printmaker, cultural worker, and community organizer based in Los Angeles. They carry experience building all-abilities arts programming + advocating for accessibility within the arts.

Jessica Li (she/her/they/them) is an artist from Utah currently living in a low income artist housing project in San Pedro, the Port of Los Angeles.

Her hands and eyes are old mates that have worked together in food, care, art, and music. There’s a shimmery thread connecting each star in this constellation of work that eludes even her own understanding. She’s committed to a lifelong journey of learning to become a more responsible steward of both her body and the environment. Jessica labors in constant appreciation of ordinary life and hopes to spark meaningful conversations between friends and strangers.

Sometimes she gives an absurd lecture about the patron demon of scribes, Titivillus. Jessica was in a band with two friends, Picky Bunches, and they recently decided to retire the project. Ask her what she wishes to work on next and it’ll most likely be some sort of fiber or sewing project, needles or dye. Other times, Jessica organizes dumpling dinners where guests learn, teach, and feed each other. She is learning the harp right now and posts songs on Song a Day For a Month in January and July.


Kiki Lechuga-Dupont (she/they) is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates static and moving images and designs.

They are inspired by visual memory and its capacity for emotion and perspective. They strive to create pieces that evoke a sense of wonder and mindfulness, bringing the viewer somewhere safe and warm.

Kiki is a contributing illustrator at Sixty Inches From Center and currently a member of the Candor Collective.


EJ Hill (he/him) is a visual artist, musician, and educator born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles.

He has presented lectures at Harvard University, University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Irvine; Yale University; and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He was Co-Director of Hewn Oaks Arts Education Center in Lovell, Maine (2006-08), a Teaching Artist Fellow at Armory Center for the Arts (2014-15), and was a Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2018-19). His artwork is held in the public collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago (2011) and a Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles (2013).

EJ is a frequent collaborator to The Tamir Rice Foundation, a current board member of Greetings From South Central LA, and was a founding member of Commonwealth and Council.

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