Linda Mabalot: Arts Advocate, Filmmaker, and Friend

Linda Mabalot, the daughter of a Sacramento River Delta farmer and graduate of UC Davis, was the Executive Director of Visual Communications from 1984 until her untimely death on May 19, 2003.


Linda on the set.

Linda was part of the Visual Communications family for almost three decades, and was a powerful force in promoting Asian Pacific American media arts and artists. As Executive Director of Visual Communications, she steered the organization through all its rough times as well as all its accomplishments. A media artist herself, Linda was an ally to Asian Pacific American artists and involved in many arts and community-based organizations both locally and nationally. Her influence reached far beyond our office in Little Tokyo.


Linda, working the camera. With Duane Kubo.

The Visual Communications family misses her deeply. In Linda’s spirit, we remember her wild laugh, unstoppable energy, and singular determination, and since her passing have sought to continue her work with the same sense of joy.  As Executive Director of Visual Communications, Linda Mabalot sought to ensure the viability and long-term success of Asian Pacific Americans in the media arts.


Linda and Alan Kondo in the VW Van.

Through the generous donations of Linda’s friends, family, and colleagues, the Linda Mabalot Legacy Fund  (LMLF) was established in 2003 to continue the work Linda tirelessly dedicated herself to at VC.

With the short-term goal of helping Visual Communications to survive and thrive as an organization, the fund has provided financial stability for VC. The Linda Mabalot Legacy Fund now has the capability of meeting a larger, long-term goal of establishing an endowment fund for Visual Communications.  An endowment was ultimately Linda’s hope and dream for the future and we are now at a time where we can see Linda’s vision of a stable and permanent VC coming to fruition.


The VC Collective.

In addition, the Linda Mabalot Legacy Fund committee will continue to celebrate her life and impact on Visual Communications through a new set of initiatives including the preservation of Linda’s film,

photo, and video work, as well as creating a future gallery space in her name dedicated to the Asian American movement through media.


Linda at the 9th annual film festival.


The Linda Mabalot Legacy Scholarship was established by the Linda Mabalot Legacy Fund committee to commemorate Linda’s life and memory. This scholarship will be awarded annually to an Asian Pacific American woman filmmaker whose media work reflects Linda’s own deep commitment to community representation and social justice. The recipient will also be provided with special opportunities to work with Visual Communications to connect personally with the mission and programs that meant so much to Linda.


The presentation of the first annual Linda Mabalot Legacy Scholarship will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2013 during the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Program details will be forthcoming. Save this date as we both remember Linda and look to the future as we present the scholarship award.

For more information on the Legacy Fund contact Tammy Borrero at (213) 680-4462 x28.

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