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Call for Visual Artist: MacArthur Park Public Art Project

Call for Visual Artist: MacArthur Park Public Art Project
Deadline: March 9, 2011

LA Commons develops artistic and cultural projects that reveal the unique stories of L.A.’s neighborhoods, and engages visitors through cultural tours. LA Commons is calling for a lead artist to work with a core youth arts team (age 15-25) and youth mentor artists to collect neighborhood stories around current neighborhood issues, and to design and create an installation with the team that will be displayed in the trees of MacArthur Park on West 7th Street between Alvarado and Lake Street.

Project Partners: LA Commons, CARECEN, Mama’s Hot Tamales, MacArthur Park Recreation Center, ReDiscover MacArthur Park, Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, MacArthur Park Learning Center, Miguel Contreras Learning Center and the office of LA City Council Member Ed Reyes.

The Role the Lead Artist/Designer in this project will be:

  • To participate in story/image gathering process with the group to inform the designs for the artwork.
  • To mentor the core youth arts team to foster youth in the development of skills in image making and design.
  • To collaborate with youth artists, youth mentors and project organizers.
  • To create the overall design and cohesiveness for the installation in MacArthur Park.


  • Weekly workshops will take place on Fridays 4:30-6:30 pm at CARECEN.
  • Late March-April 2011: Workshops begin. Story and image gathering and design
  • May 5, 2011: Design completed and presented
  • May-August, 2011: Creating art work and workshops.
  • August 2011:  Installation. Opening celebration will take place at Youth Talent Night at Levitt Pavilion.

Artist Qualifications

  • Experience in art making and design
  • Experience working with youth and community
  • Familiarity with MacArthur Park and life of Central American Immigrants in Los Angeles.


  • $2000 stipend for Lead Artist

To Apply
Please submit these materials via email by Wednesday, March 9, 2011:

  • Current resume and contact information
  • 5-7 Work Samples
  • Artist statement of why you are interested in this project

Please email to:
Beth Peterson
Community Arts Program Director, LA Commons, phone: 323-620-6822LA Commons4343
Leimert BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90018A Project of Community Partners

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