LA Commons engages communities in the creation of public art that tells their unique stories and serves as the basis for dialogue, interaction, and a shared understanding of Los Angeles.
Everyone has a story to tell. Our art creation process begins when we gather artists, youth and community members to share stories and reflect on their neighborhoods. Such spaces enrich our sense of community, deep appreciation of neighbors, and the wealth of knowledge and experience among storytellers. These cultural connections inform the theme and artwork designs.
Leimert Park’s Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is an annual celebration of our ancestors and an invocation for the South Central Los Angeles community. It is a multicultural, multigenerational, and multimedia arts event that champions the vast identities and cultures of the African diaspora.
Neighborhood Story Connection creates a space where stories and voices are heard and then transformed into public art that educates, empowers and enriches Los Angeles. LA Commons’ core audiences are youth, artists and community residents of all ages in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Los Angeles. The neighborhoods are chosen for their diverse demographic characteristics.
of South LA
Cultural Treasures of South LA, a Promise Zone Arts initiative, is a community-based cultural asset-mapping project. A partnership between the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), LA Commons, the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z), Community Coalition (CoCo), and USC Price Center for Social Innovation, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program; its purpose is to honor the rich and diverse cultural heritage of South LA.
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