Imagine teenagers re-exploring the history, the landscape and the people in their own neighborhoods and creating dynamic art to reflect and animate their neighborhoods.
LA Commons engages teams of professional artists and youth artists ages 15 - 25 to collect neighborhood stories as inspiration to create temporary works of public art. These art installations amplify the collected stories, beautify the built environment, and inspire community members.
Each project begins with a meeting of neighborhood stakeholders who identify sites, resources, and neighborhood issues that could be addressed through a community arts project.
The art team is gathered through local schools, community centers, and community organizations. Youth collect stories through on-street interviews, research, and a neighborhood story gathering events.
Professional artists and youth collaborate to design and create temporary works of public art such as murals, light pole banners, utility box art, and installations that share the stories and make a strong visual impact in public locations. The work culminates with a community celebration.
Found L.A. is a FREE, annual citywide event that showcases culturally dynamic neighborhoods through the eyes of residents, public figures and renowned artists,
who volunteer to share their unique perspective and passion for their neighborhood.
Found L.A. is open to anyone who wants to organize a tour of their neighborhood, and anyone who wants to learn more about the vast expanse that is Los Angeles. As part of Found L.A., culture seekers explore historic boulevards, sample delicious foods in unknown corridors, and hear little known stories, among many other adventures in communities all around the city
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 Los Angeles community.
Founded in 2010 by artists Najite Agindotan and Ben Caldwell in collaboration with LA Commons. Since 2012 master percussionist, Rene Fisher Mims founder of S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi and world-renowned dance instructor Nzingha Camara have served as artistic directors of the festival.
Day of Ancestors: Festival of Masks is a multicultural, multigenerational, and multimedia arts event that champions the vast identities and cultures of the African diaspora.