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Lead Artist/Photographer

South LA: In Dialogue

A community engagement project of LA Commons in partnership with the Getty

LA Commons is searching for a Lead Artist/ Photographer to work with an intergenerational team of  6 adult community members and 6 youth artists(age 15-25) to collect community stories and design a photography project that serves as the basis for place based intergenerational dialogue. This project is a community engagement project in partnership with the Getty, inspired by the upcoming Getty exhibit “Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue.” LA Commons will select a photographer for our Leimert Park site and another for our site in the Florence-Graham neighborhood. LA Commons develops artistic and cultural projects that reveal the unique stories of L.A.’s Neighborhoods. 

The Lead Artist will collaborate with a team of community members and youth artists who will be paid a stipend for their work. LA Commons will coordinate project partners, supply acquisition, and recruit the youth and other community members. There is a separate supply and printing budget. The role of the lead artist is to lead weekly workshops, participate in story gathering events, conduct a design process, and serve as creative director for the photography series. There will be six workshops at the site from late February/ early March to early May and a class visit to the Getty exhibition.

2023 TIMELINE: February - May

  • Application closes January 20th

  • Photographers selected early February

  • 6 workshops at the site from late February/ early March to early May, dates pending per photographer and class availability

  • Getty Exhibition Opening - Early April


2 LEAD ARTISTS - 1 Leimert Park and 1 Fremont HS Area 

The role of each Lead Artist/ Photographer in this project will be:

  • To participate in story/ image gathering process and events with the group to inform the designs for the photography series

  • To mentor the youth and community team in the development of skills in photography and community engagement

  • To creatively direct the photography series


Lead Artist Qualifications:

  • Experience in photography

  • Experience working with youth and community

  • Familiarity, experience and connection to either the Leimert Park community or Florence-Graham community


ARTIST FEE for Each Lead Artist:  $2000, payable at beginning, middle, and end of project



In the application, please upload your letter of interest, resume and work samples.

To apply, please follow this link:

Please apply by Friday, January 20, 2023

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