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August 1, 2016

A Weekend of Music and Getting Out the Vote in South LA

This weekend LA Commons ran an arts booth at two big South L.A. summer festivals as part of Community Coalition’s #GoVote campaign. On July 30th, the Expo Center Summer Music Festival gave stage to the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) groups of Expo Center; family and community members gathered to hear the variety of youth […]



June 28, 2016

Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks

What a day!!!!!!!!! Thank you to everyone who helped with and took part in the 6th Annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks. The Procession was magical as a lone masked figure beckoned the crowd forward with his flute, and drummers led the way followed by traditional artists, village elders, youth and community members. […]



Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks

What a day!!!!!!!!! Thank you to everyone who helped with and took part in the 6th Annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks. The Procession was magical as a lone masked figure beckoned the crowd forward with his flute, and drummers led the way followed by traditional artists, village elders, youth and community members. […]



February 26, 2016

Call for Lead Visual Artists

LA Commons is partnering with KAOS Network to produce the 6th Annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks in Leimert Park. The festival is inspired by West African and Diaspora mask and procession traditions and is an opportunity for community members of all ages to: honor ancestors, create art in response to issues facing […]



November 9, 2015

2015 Found LA Was A Success

Another year, another round of great tours – lead by people who love where they live and what they do and graciously share their enthusiasm with the rest of Los Angeles. This year LA Commons heeded the message that one day was not enough, and so tour opportunities were available on either Saturday or Sunday, […]



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 […]



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 […]



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



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 […]