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The Intersection of Arts and Health

Promoting community wellness through the Fremont Healthy Culture Hub.

Los Angeles County Arts and Health Week Summit on June 15, 2022. Photo by Taso Papadakis.

Earlier this summer, Executive Director Karen Mack was invited to speak at the inaugural Los Angeles County Arts and Health Week Summit, organized in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and the World Health Organization's Healing Arts Initiative. The summit brought together arts and health organizations from across LA County to share the healing power of creative expression.

On behalf of LA Commons, Karen gave a presentation on the Fremont Healthy Culture Hub, a project to integrate arts and culture as complements to health services in South Los Angeles. Following community-driven cultural asset mapping to identify and enlist local artists, culture bearers and healers, we worked with students of Fremont High School and their families and neighbors to develop programs addressing local needs for healing and social support.

We are excited to kick off our first round of Fremont Healthy Culture Hub artist residencies this fall with weekly wellness workshops at the Fremont Wellness Center and Community Garden on the campus of the High School.

The Tree Yoga Cooperative will be teaching “Gentle Movement and Stretch” every Saturday at 10am from October 1 - November 19.

The Tree Yoga Cooperative is a Black and Latina owned studio providing accessible, inclusive, and culturally centered yoga classes and training to all body types, abilities, and ages in South Los Angeles.

We’ll be having various instructors teach “Cultural Cooking for Wellness” every Saturday at 11:30am from October 1 - November 19. Join your favorite local cultural cooks, chefs, and gardeners to try out and share new recipes and tasty food.

Finally, Los Angeles-based Activist Dance Theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO will be teaching dance through their Radical Joy Sabor Sessions every Thursday at 4:30pm from October 6 - November 17.

Photo by Steve Wylie

Thank you to our funders at the National Endowment for the Arts and our project partners: Community Health Councils, Community Coalition, The Trust for Children’s Health and, of course, Los Angeles Unified School District. Evaluation partners include Los Angeles County Department of Art and Culture and USC’s Price School of Public Policy.

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