South Los Angeles
Our health happens where we live, learn, work and play – BHC-SLA, sponsored by the California Endowment

South Los Angeles covers over 30 square miles and is home to such significant institutions as the Historic Central Avenue District and the Dunbar Hotel, Leimert Park, King/Drew Medical Center, the streamline-modern Coca-Cola Building, the Prairie Style 1913 Fire Station No.30, the Second Baptist Church, build in 1926 by renowned architect Paul Williams and the Watts

In the summer of 2012 LA Commons began work with the Building Healthy Communities South LA Collaborative (BHC-SLA) sponsored by The California Endowment. The target area extended from Exposition to Century Boulevards, and from Vermont Avenue to San Pedro Street. Since its inception, seven artist teams, in six neighborhoods, have collected stories and produced temporary murals of canvas which create a visual message of the work of countless organizations and people to build a healthier South LA. Over 900 people have attended story gathering events to inspire the murals and hundreds of others have engaged in our activities at youth oriented events including the CycLAvia South LA Hub and South LA POWERFEST. At the core of the project 80 youth artist team members and 14 professional artists and youth mentors completed a total of 17 major artworks now on display throughout the area