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August 7, 2015

2015 Lagos Nigeria Cultural Exchange Trip Video

This amazing trip was made possible through funding from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Exchange International program. Karen Mack, Beth Peterson, Ben Caldwell and Metabrafor Agindotan spend two weeks as guests of Nike Davie Okundaye, the members of Adduni & Nefretiti, and the wonderful people of Lagos, Nigeria.



July 9, 2015

2015 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks

On June 28th, 2015 a much-anticipated day finally arrived— the Day of the Ancestors: Festival of the Masks. For months, traditional artists, youth artists, youth groups, and diverse community members and LA Commons staff had been pouring their hearts into making this magical day possible. In preparation for Festival of the Masks, youth artists from […]



June 10, 2015

Center for Nonprofit Management 501(c)onference 2015

From Tuesday June 2nd to Wednesday the 3rd, the Center for Non-profit Management held their annual 501(c)onference in Downtown Los Angeles for non-profit representatives to learn how to better their organization, and network with other non-profits from across the city. LA Commons provided a creative community building activity at the conference, with the mission of […]



Long Beach “Beach Days”

Saturday was cool and overcast day in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach but there wasn’t a frown in sight. “Beach Streets”, an event put on by the city, allowed a long strip of Atlantic Ave to be temporarily closed from cars, instead opening it up for walking, bicycling, and socializing. Starting at Wardlow Rd., Atlantic Ave […]



May 14, 2015

Free Workshops for Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks

Saturdays from 2-4pm through June 27th DRUM! SING! Come make MASKS and COSTUMES! Please join us for this incredible, FREE, workshop series and be a part of the procession! Adults, teens, and children are always welcome. Childcare is provided, Attend once, twice or for the entire series! KAOS Network, 4343 Leimert Blvd, L.A. 90008 These events […]



April 7, 2015

Spring Into Love Event

This passed week, I (Joseph, LA Commons intern) had the opportunity to attend the Spring Into Love event with Damorye (intern) and Astrid from LA Commons. This event consisted of several different high school students from schools in Los Angeles gathering together to learn more about sex education and how to practice safe sex. There were […]



February 24, 2015

Environmental Charter Workshop

This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a project at Environmental Charter Middle School that has been going on since the fall. The session that I was able to help with was the final stage before the completion of the project. In this final stage, artists Beth Peterson and Alfonso Aceves along […]



November 11, 2014

MacArthur Park Youth Art Opening

Saturday, October 25, 2014, LA Commons gathered with Los Angeles and Boyle Heights based artist Alfonso Aceves, youth artists, family, and community members of MacArthur Park in exhibition of the beautiful Youth Art Opening. It has been such a humbling honor to be able to see just a portion of the huge amount of work […]



October 23, 2014

Final FandangObon Worshop

Please join us on FRIDAY, Ocober 24th at 7PM for the final workshop for the Yoruban dances at SENSHIN BUDDHIST TEMPLE 7PM 1341 W. 37th St, 90007 (near Normandie, between Exposition and Jefferson)   Check out the video!!   Dancing         Masks          Costumes



October 7, 2014

FandangObon Workshop

FandangObon On Sunday, October 5th, LA Commons co-hosted the second of five workshops for FadangObon at Nishi Hongwanji Temple. This workshop offered participatory music and dance traditions of Fandango from Vera Cruz, Mexico, which draws from African, Indian, and Mexican roots, and Obon, a Japanese Buddhist tradition in remembrance of ancestors, as well as Egungun, […]