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, […]

July 15, 2014

Project Willowbrook Receives National Recognition

PROJECT WILLOWBROOK RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION AS AN OUTSTANDING PUBLIC ART PROJECT BY AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS   The project was chosen from 345 submissions across the United States July 14, 2014 – Americans for the Arts through the Public Art Network Year in Review has named Project Willowbrook: Cultivating a Healthy Community through Arts and Culture one of […]

June 17, 2014

Day of Ancestors: Festival of Masks Workshop featuring KiT

Last Saturday KiT gave the first workshop in the 3 part series they will be hosting for the 4th Annual Day of Ancestors Festival of Masks. As their alter ego KiT Tradishonal they began to provide the history behind Tambu along and how the people from Curacao incorporated the the rhythms into their daily lives. […]

May 22, 2014

Leimert Park Workshop Series

Youth form a circle around Master Drummer Najite Agindotan, with artist Marie Kellier in the background. Workshops will continue every Saturday from 2-4pm through the month of June. The youth start by learning traditional Yoruban drum beats and songs, then move on to mask making for the Ancestor Festival procession. This year’s Festival title is […]

May 5, 2014

MacArthur Park Story Summit

April 24, 2014 – Close to 300 people gathered in MacArthur Park in the late afternoon to share good food, music, dance and the stories of their lives and community. Young people with clipboards in hand and questions at the ready moved about the crowd interacting with a truely wide-ranging and diverse section of the […]

April 10, 2014

MacArthur Park Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Beth Peterson (323)620-6822 tel Story Summit, Aztec Dancing, Musical Performances, and Cultural Celebration in MacArthur Park WHAT: Los Angeles, CA (April 2014): On Thursday, April 24th, LA Commons, in conjunction with LA2050 Listens, will host a Story Summit in MacArthur Park to launch its latest youth art program. The […]

March 20, 2014

Mask Festival Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Mack (213)705- 4457 tel Mask Festival Celebrates Music, Culture, and KiT Tradishonal in Leimert Park   Los Angeles, CA (June 2012): On Sunday, June 29th, 2014, LA Commons will host its fourth annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of the Mask in Leimert Park, the African American cultural […]

October 29, 2013

A Look Back at Found LA: The River of Your Imagination

On Sunday, October 20, LA Commons hosted its third annual Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods. This year’s festival included 17 tours, all of which focused on the ways Angelenos interact with the LA River, one of the most fundamental parts of this city. With talk of river restoration circulating, we thought it was only fitting […]

October 10, 2013

Choose Your Own Found LA Adventure

October means more than the promise of cooler fall weather in the city for us, it also means the annual Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods is just around the corner! This year’s tours celebrate the LA River, ultimately inspiring the creation of our theme, “The River of Your Imagination.” Each tour focuses on the ways […]

October 6, 2013

What’s YOUR LA River Story?

“Stick Race,” a friend responded when I asked her about her favorite memory of the river. “What’s that?” I asked. “You know, you and your siblings drop sticks in the river and then see whose stick gets to the finish line first.” When I think about what a childhood in Los Angeles might look like, […]