1ST ANNUAL ARTWALK IN HISTORIC WESMONT COMMUNITY

LOS ANGELES – On July 27, neighborhood leaders are organizing the 1st Annual Art Walk in the historic Westmont community of South Los Angeles.  Rather than organizing their neighbors to protest the negative conditions in their neighborhood, community leaders will host the community’s first Art Walk to promote civic engagement and community involvement.

WHEN:  July 27, 2013,  100PM-5:00PM

WHERE: 108th St. and S. Denker Ave. (next to Washington Prep High School)

WHO:  500 community residents, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (invited)

WHAT:  The Art Walk will bring together local artists, musicians, vendors, and community resources.  There will be over 50 booths with artists displaying and selling everything from fine art — painting and sculpture — to jewelry, clothing, and urban art forms like graffiti murals and tattoo art!

“I have been living in this neighborhood for 20 years, and have never seen anything like this.  We hope that this will be the beginning of more community events that bring us closer together,“ Karen Cayetano.

As a part of its effort to promote activism, the Art Walk will host a unique competition, where artists submit pieces addressing the topic of “citizenship” — exploring the intersections between our broken immigration system and the U.S. prison system — both issues that disenfranchise Black and Brown communities. There will also be resource providers offering a variety of services such as legal advice on immigration status, expunging records for ex-offenders, and free health screenings.

Community Coalition will survey members of the Westmont community to identify the key issues impacting the residents of Westmont. “We believe that events like the Art Walk will not only strengthen community bonds, but also serve as a vehicle for greater civic participation from everyday residents,” says Marqueece Harris-Dawson, CEO/President of Community Coalition.


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