Day of Ancestors:
Festival of Masks
Leimert Park’s Day of the Ancestors: Festival of the Mask (FOM) is an annual celebration of our ancestors and an invocation for the South Central LA community. Founded in 2010 by artists Najite Agindotan, Rene Fisher-Mims, and Ben Caldwell in collaboration with LACommons, FOM is a multicultural, multigenerational, and multimedia arts event that champions the vast identities of the African diaspora.
Our youth cohort and community members participate in visual and performing arts workshops for 2 months leading up to the festival.
Workshop content includes mask and costume making techniques, West African social dances, and drum rhythms from the African Diaspora.
Our programs are grounded in the philosophy that culture is a valuable community resource, art is a powerful tool for telling stories and creating change and artists have an important role to play in the community development process.
Partner with Us!
We welcome community members at our Free Saturday workshops and we have over 20 arts and community organizations represented within our procession.
If you're interested in attending workshops, joining the procession, or sponsoring the Festival of Masks please connect with us.