Call for Lead Visual Artists – Position Filled

Call for Lead Visual Artists

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) – South LA

LA Commons Public Art Project

Deadline March 1, 2013


LA Commons develops artistic and cultural projects that reveal the unique stories of L.A.’s

Neighborhoods and engage visitors through cultural tours.  LA Commons and Building Healthy Communities South LA are hosting a unique project to engage 6 lead artist/designers to collaborate with six core youth arts teams (15-25 years old) to create murals and banners that will be installed in a central location and along the Vermont corridor between MLK and Century Boulevards. The art will share the unique stories of residents and stakeholders’ efforts to envision and build healthy communities. The California Endowment is the funding partner for the project. Community Partners of BHC-South LA hub include: Manual Arts High School, Expo Center, Brotherhood Crusade, YMCA, Peace Over Violence, Community Coalition, and LA TRUST.


The Role the Artist/Designers in this project will be:

  1. To participate in story/image gathering process with the community arts team.
  2. To mentor the Core Youth Arts Team to further youth in the development of skills in image making and design.
  3. To create final artworks based on youth designs and community images gathered
  4. To collaborate with team and Community Arts Director to support the creation of cohesive visual messaging for the Building Healthy Communities South LA project.
  5. To attend the Opening Celebration



Orientation for all teams- March 2013

Sites 1-3 (3 artists) work March-July, 2013

Sites 4-6 (3 artists) work July-November, 2013


Artist Qualifications

  1. Experience in visual and public arts.
  2. Experience working with youth and community.
  3. Familiarity with South LA neighborhoods
  4. Interest and experience in collaborative process



$2000 stipend for each Artist will be payable in thirds at the beginning, middle and conclusion of the project.

$200 additional design fee when final art is approved

This fee includes conducting weekly workshops with a small team of youth, story gathering, 4 team meetings, and completion design review and of the art work.



To Apply

Please submit these materials via email by March 1, 2013

  1. Current resume and contact information
  2. 7-10 Work Samples via email, web links or disk
  3. Artist statement of why you are interested in this project


Please email to:

Beth Peterson

Community Arts Program Director

LA Commons

Phone: 323-620-6822




LA Commons is a project of Community Partners