Our Neighborhood: Youth Artists as Civic Leaders 
A project of LA Commons, Expo Center, USC 

LA Commons seeks lead artists for fall 2015. LA Commons develops artistic and cultural projects that reveal the unique stories of L.A.'s Neighborhoods and engage visitors through cultural tours. LA Commons is partnering with Expo Center and the USC Office of Governmental Relations to host Our Neighborhood: Youth Artists as Civic Leaders, a project in which professional artists lead teams of youth artists (age 15-25 years old) to collect stories in from the community, and then work to design and create temporary public art that will share the stories. 

Issues include: health equity, the affect of mass incarceration on community health, and healthy food access. 

Partners include: LA Commons, Expo Center, USC, Good Neighbors, LAM, LA Association of Metropolitan Churches and Building Healthy Communities South LA 

The Role the Artist/Designers in this project will be: To participate in story/image gathering process with the community arts team. To mentor the Core Youth Arts Team to further youth in the development of skills in image making and design. To create final artworks based on youth designs and community images gathered To collaborate with team and Community Arts Director to support the creation of cohesive visual messaging for the Building Healthy Communities South LA project. To attend the Opening Celebration 2015 Timeline Mid September 2015-Mid February 2016 Artist Qualifications Experience in visual and public arts. Experience working with youth and community. Familiarity with Expo Center and South LA neighborhoods Interest and experience in collaborative process Compensation $2000 stipend for each Artist will be payable in thirds at the beginning, middle and conclusion of the project. $200 additional design fee when final art is approved This fee includes conducting weekly workshops with a team of youth, story gathering, 4 team meetings, and completion design review and of the art work. 

To Apply: Please submit these materials via email to Beth Peterson [email protected]: Current resume and contact information 7-10 Work Samples via email or web links Artist statement of why you are interested in this project LA Commons is a project of Community Partners