Imagine teenagers exploring the history, the landscape and the people in their own neighborhoods and creating dynamic art to reflect and animate the powerful narratives they uncover.
LA Commons engages teams of professional and youth artists to collect neighborhood stories and create temporary works of public art. The young people, ages 15 - 25, are recruited through local schools, neighborhood centers, and community organizations.
Each project begins with a meeting of neighborhood stakeholders who identify sites, resources, and neighborhood issues to be addressed, through a community arts project. Youth collect stories through on-street interviews, research, and story gathering events. The projects end with a celebration that brings the community together to uplift the inspirational stories and beautiful art.