Cultural Organizer - Promise Zone Arts South LA

Status: Temporary, Hourly

Terms: $15-$20/hour depending on experience (February - August 2022, 10-20 hrs/week variable) 


Organizational Overview:

Promise Zone Arts (PZA) is a cultural asset mapping and activation initiative under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).  The South LA iteration of this initiative is being conducted in partnership with LA Commons, SLATE-Z and Community Coalition. Additional partners include the University of Southern California and the Mayor’s Promise Zone Office.  This project gives South LA residents a participatory platform to spotlight local Cultural Treasures -- the artists, sites, cultural practices, events and tradition bearers that they deem significant, illuminating the rich cultural tapestry at the heart of their  communities..  


Position Overview:

Reporting to the Fieldwork Coordinator, the Cultural Organizer will participate as a member of the Cultural Treasures Survey Team made up of community youth and adults working to identify cultural treasures in the South Los Angeles Promise Zone. As this information is critical for the creation of the database and is at the heart of the Cultural Mapping project, Cultural Organizers will play an essential role in the effort. Cultural Organizers will work as a team with colleagues and the Fieldwork Coordinator who will be primarily responsible for ensuring that we meet the survey collection goals.



  • Reach out to residents to gain their trust and support their involvement in the project.

  • Deploy questionnaires in various community settings

  • Use scripts to provide information about the project 

  • Accurately record information received from community members

  • Serve as a representative of the project

  • Be self-directed but also work well as part of a team to conduct the interviews.

  • Keep records of interviews and record useful information.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working in collaborative community settings 

  • Experience documenting and/or interpreting diverse cultural expressions

  • Ability to work with diverse cultural communities with sensitivity and cultural awareness

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Working knowledge of digital media

  • Organizational skills to maintain accuracy when recording interviews

  • Spanish or Korean or other relevant non-English language skills a plus


LA Commons is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Partners, an Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran. 

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