Imagine teenagers re-exploring the history, landscape and people in their own neighborhoods and creating dynamic art to reflect and animate the neighborhoods. LA Commons engages teams of professional artists and youth artists (age 15-25) to collect neighborhood stories as inspiration to create temporary works of public art that share the stories and add to the beautification goals of the community. Each project begins with a meeting of neighborhood stakeholders who identify sites, resources, and neighborhood issues that could be addressed through a community arts project. An arts team is gathered through local schools and community centers. Youth collect stories through on street interviews, research and at a neighborhood story sharing event. Youth and artists collaborate to design and create temporary works of public art such as murals, light pole banners, utility box art, and installations that share the stories and make a strong visual impact in public locations. The work culminates with a community celebration.
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