2012
EXPO USC LIGHT POLE BANNER PROJECT

Saturday, April 28, 2012

University of Southern California

 

Participating Artists: Steve Child, Marcela Florez, Luis Garcia, Tomo Isoyama, Jose Lozano, Willie Middlebrook, Nancy Uyemura, Christian Ascencion, Melissa Avina, George Can; Osvaldo Casarrubias Karla Chavez, Bryan Garcia, Jose Ibarra, Jeffrey Juarez, Alexander Lopez, Amy Miranda, Bianka Miranda, Bryant Montoya, Aranzazu Pena, Bryttanie Sanchez, Emely Santizo, Melany Santizo, Nylah Scypion, Andrew Ramirez, Eddy Ventura, Sean Williams, Eubanks, Thomas Fielding, Jannat Gill, Jina Hyun, Jisoo Kim, Diana Ling, Olivia Mazurek, Garrett Rountree, David Sanderson, Christina Scamporrino, Derek Tam, Weiyue Zhou, Weiwen Zhu

Program Partners: LA Commons, EXPO Center, Council Member Bernard Parks, California African American Museum, CRA/LA Art Program

Project Support provided by: 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

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.