LA Commons Public Art Banner Project Opens Along Expo Line!

Works by young artists celebrate the neighborhood

**Opening Event and Receptions on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00am to 4:00pm **
Find us at our LA Commons Booths located at The Expo Station and at the corner of Crenshaw & Exposition.

As South Los Angeles marks the historic opening of the Expo Line and welcomes new rail travelers to the neighborhood, the University of Southern California and its partners celebrate the many contributions of the community – past and present – in a series of public art banners installed along the Exposition line corridor. Stretching along 160 light poles on Exposition Boulevard, Flower, Hoover, State Lane Drive and Expo Center, the banners depict scenes from the neighborhood, as seen through the eyes of youth artists from local high schools. The project, produced by L.A. Commons with partners CRA-LA, The Expo Center, and the California African American Museum, paired seven professional artists with 21 youth artists and 14 USC students in visual explorations of themes reflecting the cultural history of South Los Angeles, and its rich ethnic diversity. About 175 people from the community gathered on August 20, 2011 at the Exposition Park Rose Garden for a story summit.  Afterwards, seven teams of art mentors, local high school artists and college artists – including faculty of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts – began transforming the information gathered during the interviews into art.

Come meet our artists: Steve Child, Marcela Florez, Luis Garcia, Tomo Isoyama, Jose Lozano, Willie Middlebrook, Nancy Uyemura, our youth mentor Astrid Villagran, and our youth and USC student artist participants.

Project Management by L.A. Commons: Karen Mack, Executive Director; Beth Peterson, Community Arts Programs Director

Project Workshop and Event Hosting by EXPO Center: Belinda Jackson, Executive Director; Jessica Grande-Lopez, Teen Center

Special Thanks: Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks (8th District), Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan C. Perry (9th District),

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), West Adams Heritage Association, 24th Street Theater, Velaslavasay
Panorama, Charmaine Jefferson, Susan Gray

Project Partners
LA Commons
Expo Center
Council Member Bernard Parks
California African American Museum
CRA/LA Art Program