ACLA 
CELEBRATE
ARTScorpsLA’s 20 YEAR ANNIVERARY
Linking a Healthy Humanity to a Healthy Environment & Teaching Life skills through the Arts20 Years after the LA riots, which inspired the creation of La Tierra de la Culebra, a community youth artpark in Highland Park; the creative juices are still flowing through the site and readying for the next 20 years.Founded by Tricia Ward in response to the 1992 L.A. riots, ARTScorpsLA/ACLA …. Art… Community…Land…Activism is a long lived community-based collective that is built on the belief that every person  is a freely creative individual deserving a safe, healthy community in which to express themselves.  ACLA is committed to working with youth and families in under served Los Angeles neighborhoods to transform unused urban land into dynamic neighborhood Art Parks.In 1994, we stewarded Frances Avenue Gardens until 1999, in 1996- 2006 we established our ChinaTown Studios. Our longest lived sites include the seminal La Tierra de la Culebra ArtPark, created in1992, is a one acre, stone-terraced oasis in NE Los Angeles, and in 1996 Spiraling Orchard, just west of downtown, both of which serve the surrounding neighborhoods with seasonal and cultural celebrations, educational workshops, and on-the-ground community advocacy. Energizing participants with effectiveness for collective vision, awareness, support and political engagement.We have been readying for years to construct the fully designed sustainable 
Spiraling Orchard Pavilion a community center for the next generation.  
Breaking ground seems to be nearing; this is cause for great celebration!!!!!!!!These pioneering efforts to creatively fuse the worlds of art, open space, policy and programmatic social-services have been inspirational to many and continues to build a new consciousness about art, park and community and the economic engine it can provide.  Furthering the modality of Life as Artform & Art as Lifeform……ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Emerging Producers are proud to announce that its second annual Beat the Drum Festival will be held on Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater. It will be ACLA’s grandest outdoor presentation ever hosted!!Staged for the first time last year at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Beat the Drum fuses East and West world and urban styles to capture the rhythms of L.A’s diverse culture under the single banner of the Human Heart Beat.

ACLA

CELEBRATE
ARTScorpsLA’s 20 YEAR ANNIVERARY
Linking a Healthy Humanity to a Healthy Environment & Teaching Life skills through the Arts

20 Years after the LA riots, which inspired the creation of La Tierra de la Culebra, a community youth artpark in Highland Park; the creative juices are still flowing through the site and readying for the next 20 years.

Founded by Tricia Ward in response to the 1992 L.A. riots, ARTScorpsLA/ACLA …. Art… Community…Land…Activism is a long lived community-based collective that is built on the belief that every person is a freely creative individual deserving a safe, healthy community in which to express themselves. ACLA is committed to working with youth and families in under served Los Angeles neighborhoods to transform unused urban land into dynamic neighborhood Art Parks.

In 1994, we stewarded Frances Avenue Gardens until 1999, in 1996- 2006 we established our ChinaTown Studios. Our longest lived sites include the seminal La Tierra de la Culebra ArtPark, created in1992, is a one acre, stone-terraced oasis in NE Los Angeles, and in 1996 Spiraling Orchard, just west of downtown, both of which serve the surrounding neighborhoods with seasonal and cultural celebrations, educational workshops, and on-the-ground community advocacy. Energizing participants with effectiveness for collective vision, awareness, support and political engagement.

We have been readying for years to construct the fully designed sustainable Spiraling Orchard Pavilion a community center for the next generation. Breaking ground seems to be nearing; this is cause for great celebration!!!!!!!!

These pioneering efforts to creatively fuse the worlds of art, open space, policy and programmatic social-services have been inspirational to many and continues to build a new consciousness about art, park and community and the economic engine it can provide. Furthering the modality of Life as Artform & Art as Lifeform……

ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Emerging Producers are proud to announce that its second annual Beat the Drum Festival will be held on Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater. It will be ACLA’s grandest outdoor presentation ever hosted!!

Staged for the first time last year at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Beat the Drum fuses East and West world and urban styles to capture the rhythms of L.A’s diverse culture under the single banner of the Human Heart Beat.

La Tierra de la Culebra


La Tierra de la Culebra: Developed in 1992 in the Northeast district of Los Angeles by artist Tricia Ward as a response to the civil unrest following the Rodney King police trial, La Tierra de la Culebra was ACLA’s first ArtPark. Ward selected a derelict parcel of land, conducted local outreach, and mobilized a group of 35 neighborhood youth volunteers to clear the one-acre site of trash and weeds. In a series of initial neighborhood council meetings organized by Ward, community members described a sense of disenfranchisement and frustration underlying the riots in their neighborhood, and together they imagined into reality the ArtPark’s central symbol of strength and regeneration: a 450-foot sculptural serpent constructed from stone, rubble, and piqué tiles found on site. The piece winds through the ground’s three levels to connect open spaces, terraced patios furnished with mosaic benches, a large mural garden, and numerous landscaped beds of indigenous plants and flowers. The effect was immediate and powerful, together community members transformed the site from a symptom of blight and neglect into piece of living art, a site of cultural and civic activity whose impact on the neighborhood remains seventeen years later.

La Tierra de la Culebra: 240 S. Ave. 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042

http://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Tierra-De-La-Culebra/148525931833258

Spiraling Orchard


Spiraling Orchard: In 1996, ACLA was offered a lease by LAUSD on an 8,500 square foot site in Los Angeles’ Rampart district to develop our second ArtPark, Spiraling Orchard. Ward and others implemented the same strong, youth-centered community building curriculum that succeeded at La Culebra, once again working with local youth and families to clean and shape the grounds around a central symbol, an incised spiral-shaped orchard of indigenous fruit trees intended to capture the spirit of connectedness shared between the neighborhood’s vecinos, a Spanish word for “neighbors” that came to identify the community councils that grew at the park.

Spiraling Orchard: 1246 W. Court St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Projects/Programs



Visual Arts: participants work with visiting and volunteer artists to produce work in pencil, paint, aerosol, found objects, sculptural materials and digital imaging software

  • Music and Performance: youth work together to produce live music and multi-media events; perform promotion and outreach; and design and distribute band merchandise; participants also work along side professional sound engineers to record and mix material released on ACLA’s own youth run record label, Green Label Records.

  • Health and Wellness: La Tierra de la Culebra Park is in the process of growing a model organic, permacultural garden and aquaponics system to illustrate the many ways that we all can create more sustainable, healthful practices in our own home and neighborhoods. Vegan, raw and healthy affordable meals are prepared by shared by participating families and youth

  • Culture and Identity: youth explore their individual heritages through first hand study of art in LA, and making art themselves in their own neighborhoods

  • Social Entrepreneurship/Leadership Training/Community Organizing: As youth gain confidence and experience, they may “graduate” to become ACLA volunteers and mentors, assisting with program design and delivery, as well and working with ACLA staff to plan and host art and educational events


  • Special Projects and Programs

    • DIY (Do It Yourself) Academy: DIY Academy supports young and emerging bands/artists with a space to explore their performance/production practices on their own terms and in a community of peers.

      Midnight Picnic/NELA Gallery Night: The Midnight Picnics provide emerging bands and artists a venue to showcase their work at a major LA Gallery Night.

    • Peaceful Warriors Art Camp: A joint project between ACLA and BARC (Bizzart Recording Cooperative), and lead by an education specialist with ten years experience in early childhood development, Peaceful Warriors focuses on free play in the arts to promote imaginative thinking, self-awareness, independence, self-confidence and healthy social development.in children between the ages of 3 -10 years old.

    • Event Hosting: Both ACLA Artparks are available to host meetings, special events, celebrations, film screenings, birthday parties etc.. Both sites have fully functioning kitchens and restroom facilities, stages for live performances, and sound/projection equipment available for use. ACLA has a zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol. All events must be alcohol and drug free.

      • Spiraling Orchard: 1246 W. Court St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

      • La Tierra de la Culebra: 240 S. Ave. 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042


    Slow Food

    Ghetto Grounds Coffee House

    Through entrepreneurship, Culebra youth and other Los Angeles artists created Ghetto Grounds Coffee House to serve smoothies, coffee, homemade goods, and present performance and exhibits. Recently they also opened Kaleidoscope Eyes Boutique where we sell tshirts and stickers that have been designed and screen printed here at La Culebra. We also sell merchandise from other local artists. Stop on by for a coffee, or to check out our new boutique Tues-Sat 10-6.

    Also check us out on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/GhettoGrounds


    Music/Podcast

    Music/Podcast:

    (Music Files and Band Pics to be attached later)

    Mothbite: Currently comprised of ACLA Director, Efrim Chiavetta on drums and sound effects, Anthony Fracasso on guitars, Lawrence Gonzales on bass, as well as a growing number of ACLA friends including Reyes Franco on vox and Karl Gonzales on Keys, Mothbite is an on-going ACLA project whose sound reflects the various influences that the rotating roster of players brings to the band. The sound is almost always heavy, almost always dark, and almost always drifts through psychedelic color as they work their way through continuous improvised sets of music.

    Adam’s Child: Adam’s Child was founded by Jeff Skoien, Steve Arellano, and Justin Brown. They began playing together in March of 2010 drawing from a heavy dose of grunge and noise rock influences as well as psychedelic rock, doom metal, and more. Justin Brown, usually seen behind the drum kit with Bitterent, picks up a bass this time around joining Steve and Jeff who continue their positions on drums and guitar. They seem to delve into even more loud noisy territory each time they play using different dropped tunings, full head-pounding drums, fat sonic bass lines and roughed up vocals. Practicing their craft in a garage in Whittier the boys turn out tunes that’s sure to make the long forgotten fans of the so called ‘grunge’ scene scream fuzz-tones all over.

    Anesthetic Frank: Anesthetic Frank is a 3 piece sludge rock band out of Arcadia/Monrovia California. Each frank brings a different influence to the music, so we can never settle on a set genre, so instead we many different styles of music that runs the gamut from stoner metal to cat-jazz. We like to have a psychedelic light show go on behind us while we play, the light shows look perfect when we go on a 10 minute doom metal stomp.

    Bitterent: Bitterent is an experimental noise punk band from Rosemead, California. They are heavily influenced by Shellac, The Locust, Melvins, and Butthole Surfers. The band consists of Dave Tran (vocals/guitar), Adam Cota(Bass) and Justin Brown (vocals/drums). Bitterent’s music is like an extension of punk; they mix different styles of music with a punk mentality. Currently, their first album has just been completed.

    Chris Noe: Chris Noe is an American stand-up comedian known for his observational, surreal humor. His topics cover American culture, everyday life, death, philosophy, human behavior, and profanity. Much like Patton Oswalt and David Cross, Chris Noe is known to often perform in rock clubs and theaters as opposed to traditional comedy clubs. He has opened for various bands such as Bitterent, Mothbite, and Anesthetic Frank. A highlight to any show, Chris Noe blends things he notices in the world by talking about them in a funny way. Sometimes, without meaning to, he blows people’s minds.


    Mural

    With the help of the Vecinos, ACLA created murals on the walls of Tassos Market.

    ACLA 
CELEBRATE
ARTScorpsLA’s 20 YEAR ANNIVERARY
Linking a Healthy Humanity to a Healthy Environment & Teaching Life skills through the Arts20 Years after the LA riots, which inspired the creation of La Tierra de la Culebra, a community youth artpark in Highland Park; the creative juices are still flowing through the site and readying for the next 20 years.Founded by Tricia Ward in response to the 1992 L.A. riots, ARTScorpsLA/ACLA …. Art… Community…Land…Activism is a long lived community-based collective that is built on the belief that every person  is a freely creative individual deserving a safe, healthy community in which to express themselves.  ACLA is committed to working with youth and families in under served Los Angeles neighborhoods to transform unused urban land into dynamic neighborhood Art Parks.In 1994, we stewarded Frances Avenue Gardens until 1999, in 1996- 2006 we established our ChinaTown Studios. Our longest lived sites include the seminal La Tierra de la Culebra ArtPark, created in1992, is a one acre, stone-terraced oasis in NE Los Angeles, and in 1996 Spiraling Orchard, just west of downtown, both of which serve the surrounding neighborhoods with seasonal and cultural celebrations, educational workshops, and on-the-ground community advocacy. Energizing participants with effectiveness for collective vision, awareness, support and political engagement.We have been readying for years to construct the fully designed sustainable 
Spiraling Orchard Pavilion a community center for the next generation.  
Breaking ground seems to be nearing; this is cause for great celebration!!!!!!!!These pioneering efforts to creatively fuse the worlds of art, open space, policy and programmatic social-services have been inspirational to many and continues to build a new consciousness about art, park and community and the economic engine it can provide.  Furthering the modality of Life as Artform & Art as Lifeform……ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Emerging Producers are proud to announce that its second annual Beat the Drum Festival will be held on Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater. It will be ACLA’s grandest outdoor presentation ever hosted!!Staged for the first time last year at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Beat the Drum fuses East and West world and urban styles to capture the rhythms of L.A’s diverse culture under the single banner of the Human Heart Beat.

    ACLA

    CELEBRATE
    ARTScorpsLA’s 20 YEAR ANNIVERARY
    Linking a Healthy Humanity to a Healthy Environment & Teaching Life skills through the Arts

    20 Years after the LA riots, which inspired the creation of La Tierra de la Culebra, a community youth artpark in Highland Park; the creative juices are still flowing through the site and readying for the next 20 years.

    Founded by Tricia Ward in response to the 1992 L.A. riots, ARTScorpsLA/ACLA …. Art… Community…Land…Activism is a long lived community-based collective that is built on the belief that every person is a freely creative individual deserving a safe, healthy community in which to express themselves. ACLA is committed to working with youth and families in under served Los Angeles neighborhoods to transform unused urban land into dynamic neighborhood Art Parks.

    In 1994, we stewarded Frances Avenue Gardens until 1999, in 1996- 2006 we established our ChinaTown Studios. Our longest lived sites include the seminal La Tierra de la Culebra ArtPark, created in1992, is a one acre, stone-terraced oasis in NE Los Angeles, and in 1996 Spiraling Orchard, just west of downtown, both of which serve the surrounding neighborhoods with seasonal and cultural celebrations, educational workshops, and on-the-ground community advocacy. Energizing participants with effectiveness for collective vision, awareness, support and political engagement.

    We have been readying for years to construct the fully designed sustainable Spiraling Orchard Pavilion a community center for the next generation. Breaking ground seems to be nearing; this is cause for great celebration!!!!!!!!

    These pioneering efforts to creatively fuse the worlds of art, open space, policy and programmatic social-services have been inspirational to many and continues to build a new consciousness about art, park and community and the economic engine it can provide. Furthering the modality of Life as Artform & Art as Lifeform……

    ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Emerging Producers are proud to announce that its second annual Beat the Drum Festival will be held on Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater. It will be ACLA’s grandest outdoor presentation ever hosted!!

    Staged for the first time last year at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Beat the Drum fuses East and West world and urban styles to capture the rhythms of L.A’s diverse culture under the single banner of the Human Heart Beat.

    La Tierra de la Culebra


    La Tierra de la Culebra: Developed in 1992 in the Northeast district of Los Angeles by artist Tricia Ward as a response to the civil unrest following the Rodney King police trial, La Tierra de la Culebra was ACLA’s first ArtPark. Ward selected a derelict parcel of land, conducted local outreach, and mobilized a group of 35 neighborhood youth volunteers to clear the one-acre site of trash and weeds. In a series of initial neighborhood council meetings organized by Ward, community members described a sense of disenfranchisement and frustration underlying the riots in their neighborhood, and together they imagined into reality the ArtPark’s central symbol of strength and regeneration: a 450-foot sculptural serpent constructed from stone, rubble, and piqué tiles found on site. The piece winds through the ground’s three levels to connect open spaces, terraced patios furnished with mosaic benches, a large mural garden, and numerous landscaped beds of indigenous plants and flowers. The effect was immediate and powerful, together community members transformed the site from a symptom of blight and neglect into piece of living art, a site of cultural and civic activity whose impact on the neighborhood remains seventeen years later.

    La Tierra de la Culebra: 240 S. Ave. 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Tierra-De-La-Culebra/148525931833258

    Spiraling Orchard


    Spiraling Orchard: In 1996, ACLA was offered a lease by LAUSD on an 8,500 square foot site in Los Angeles’ Rampart district to develop our second ArtPark, Spiraling Orchard. Ward and others implemented the same strong, youth-centered community building curriculum that succeeded at La Culebra, once again working with local youth and families to clean and shape the grounds around a central symbol, an incised spiral-shaped orchard of indigenous fruit trees intended to capture the spirit of connectedness shared between the neighborhood’s vecinos, a Spanish word for “neighbors” that came to identify the community councils that grew at the park.

    Spiraling Orchard: 1246 W. Court St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

    Projects/Programs



    Visual Arts: participants work with visiting and volunteer artists to produce work in pencil, paint, aerosol, found objects, sculptural materials and digital imaging software

  • Music and Performance: youth work together to produce live music and multi-media events; perform promotion and outreach; and design and distribute band merchandise; participants also work along side professional sound engineers to record and mix material released on ACLA’s own youth run record label, Green Label Records.

  • Health and Wellness: La Tierra de la Culebra Park is in the process of growing a model organic, permacultural garden and aquaponics system to illustrate the many ways that we all can create more sustainable, healthful practices in our own home and neighborhoods. Vegan, raw and healthy affordable meals are prepared by shared by participating families and youth

  • Culture and Identity: youth explore their individual heritages through first hand study of art in LA, and making art themselves in their own neighborhoods

  • Social Entrepreneurship/Leadership Training/Community Organizing: As youth gain confidence and experience, they may “graduate” to become ACLA volunteers and mentors, assisting with program design and delivery, as well and working with ACLA staff to plan and host art and educational events


  • Special Projects and Programs

    • DIY (Do It Yourself) Academy: DIY Academy supports young and emerging bands/artists with a space to explore their performance/production practices on their own terms and in a community of peers.

      Midnight Picnic/NELA Gallery Night: The Midnight Picnics provide emerging bands and artists a venue to showcase their work at a major LA Gallery Night.

    • Peaceful Warriors Art Camp: A joint project between ACLA and BARC (Bizzart Recording Cooperative), and lead by an education specialist with ten years experience in early childhood development, Peaceful Warriors focuses on free play in the arts to promote imaginative thinking, self-awareness, independence, self-confidence and healthy social development.in children between the ages of 3 -10 years old.

    • Event Hosting: Both ACLA Artparks are available to host meetings, special events, celebrations, film screenings, birthday parties etc.. Both sites have fully functioning kitchens and restroom facilities, stages for live performances, and sound/projection equipment available for use. ACLA has a zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol. All events must be alcohol and drug free.

      • Spiraling Orchard: 1246 W. Court St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

      • La Tierra de la Culebra: 240 S. Ave. 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042


    Slow Food

    Ghetto Grounds Coffee House

    Through entrepreneurship, Culebra youth and other Los Angeles artists created Ghetto Grounds Coffee House to serve smoothies, coffee, homemade goods, and present performance and exhibits. Recently they also opened Kaleidoscope Eyes Boutique where we sell tshirts and stickers that have been designed and screen printed here at La Culebra. We also sell merchandise from other local artists. Stop on by for a coffee, or to check out our new boutique Tues-Sat 10-6.

    Also check us out on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/GhettoGrounds


    Music/Podcast

    Music/Podcast:

    (Music Files and Band Pics to be attached later)

    Mothbite: Currently comprised of ACLA Director, Efrim Chiavetta on drums and sound effects, Anthony Fracasso on guitars, Lawrence Gonzales on bass, as well as a growing number of ACLA friends including Reyes Franco on vox and Karl Gonzales on Keys, Mothbite is an on-going ACLA project whose sound reflects the various influences that the rotating roster of players brings to the band. The sound is almost always heavy, almost always dark, and almost always drifts through psychedelic color as they work their way through continuous improvised sets of music.

    Adam’s Child: Adam’s Child was founded by Jeff Skoien, Steve Arellano, and Justin Brown. They began playing together in March of 2010 drawing from a heavy dose of grunge and noise rock influences as well as psychedelic rock, doom metal, and more. Justin Brown, usually seen behind the drum kit with Bitterent, picks up a bass this time around joining Steve and Jeff who continue their positions on drums and guitar. They seem to delve into even more loud noisy territory each time they play using different dropped tunings, full head-pounding drums, fat sonic bass lines and roughed up vocals. Practicing their craft in a garage in Whittier the boys turn out tunes that’s sure to make the long forgotten fans of the so called ‘grunge’ scene scream fuzz-tones all over.

    Anesthetic Frank: Anesthetic Frank is a 3 piece sludge rock band out of Arcadia/Monrovia California. Each frank brings a different influence to the music, so we can never settle on a set genre, so instead we many different styles of music that runs the gamut from stoner metal to cat-jazz. We like to have a psychedelic light show go on behind us while we play, the light shows look perfect when we go on a 10 minute doom metal stomp.

    Bitterent: Bitterent is an experimental noise punk band from Rosemead, California. They are heavily influenced by Shellac, The Locust, Melvins, and Butthole Surfers. The band consists of Dave Tran (vocals/guitar), Adam Cota(Bass) and Justin Brown (vocals/drums). Bitterent’s music is like an extension of punk; they mix different styles of music with a punk mentality. Currently, their first album has just been completed.

    Chris Noe: Chris Noe is an American stand-up comedian known for his observational, surreal humor. His topics cover American culture, everyday life, death, philosophy, human behavior, and profanity. Much like Patton Oswalt and David Cross, Chris Noe is known to often perform in rock clubs and theaters as opposed to traditional comedy clubs. He has opened for various bands such as Bitterent, Mothbite, and Anesthetic Frank. A highlight to any show, Chris Noe blends things he notices in the world by talking about them in a funny way. Sometimes, without meaning to, he blows people’s minds.


    Mural

    With the help of the Vecinos, ACLA created murals on the walls of Tassos Market.

    La Tierra de la Culebra
    Spiraling Orchard
    New Pavilion
    Projects/Programs
    Beat the Drum 2012: East Los Meets West Los
    Ghetto Grounds Coffee House
    Music/Podcast
    Mural

    About:

    ACLA (Art . . . Community . . . Land . . . Activism!) is a twenty year old public art and land collective committed to working with youth in underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods to transform unused urban land into dynamic, community directed ArtParks. As a daily presence in our neighborhoods and the lives of participating youth and families, ACLA is able to grow programming that is responsive to the immediate and specific challenges of a community while at the same time addressing itself to the holistic needs of individuals.

    History and Achievements:

    La Tierra de la Culebra: Developed in 1992 in the Northeast district of Los Angeles by artist Tricia Ward as a response to the civil unrest following the Rodney King police trial, La Tierra de la Culebra was ACLA’s first ArtPark. Ward selected a derelict parcel of land, conducted local outreach, and mobilized a group of 35 neighborhood youth volunteers to clear the one-acre site of trash and weeds. In a series of initial neighborhood council meetings organized by Ward, community members described a sense of disenfranchisement and frustration underlying the riots in their neighborhood, and together they imagined into reality the ArtPark's central symbol of strength and regeneration: a 450-foot sculptural serpent constructed from stone, rubble, and piqué tiles found on site. The piece winds through the ground's three levels to connect open spaces, terraced patios furnished with mosaic benches, a large mural garden, and numerous landscaped beds of indigenous plants and flowers. The effect was immediate and powerful, together community members transformed the site from a symptom of blight and neglect into piece of living art, a site of cultural and civic activity whose impact on the neighborhood remains seventeen years later.

    Spiraling Orchard: In 1996, ACLA was offered a lease by LAUSD on an 8,500 square foot site in Los Angeles' Rampart district to develop our second ArtPark, Spiraling Orchard. Ward and others implemented the same strong, youth-centered community building curriculum that succeeded at La Culebra, once again working with local youth and families to clean and shape the grounds around a central symbol, an incised spiral-shaped orchard of indigenous fruit trees intended to capture the spirit of connectedness shared between the neighborhood's vecinos, a Spanish word for "neighbors" that came to identify the community councils that grew at the park.


    In all, we have transformed a total of four sites into functioning ArtParks. These include a Chinatown facility, which helped to draw many new art galleries and other social amenities to the area before before closing in 2005, and the Francis Avenue Garden Coalition, which now operates as an independent entity. Our long running and successful Walls of Reclamation mural project brought youth together to create twenty-eight original murals at LAUSD schools, including the largest single-concept mural in Los Angeles, “Earth Memories,” at Belmont High School.


    We have facilitated over 200 on-site internships for local youth, resulting in nearly as many college scholarships. And in 1999, our innovative model of youth organizing and community revitalization was recognized with a Rudy Bruner Foundation Silver Medal Award for Urban Excellence, and again in 2003 with a Rockefeller “Partnership for Affirming Community Transformation” award. We have also been a recipient of numerous NEA grants, and, in the last year, of awards from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the James Irvine “Cultural Participation” initiative as well.

    Following: