Sculptures Commissioned L.A.’s Black Arts Initiative

The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs has commissioned sculptures by artists Charles Dickson, Maren Hassinger, Alison Saar, Melvin Edwrds, Brenna Youngblood, and Artis Lane as part of Los Angeles’ $100 million public art and environmental revitalization project. The initiative, Destination Crenshaw, will turn the stretch of South Los Angeles into a 1.3 mile hub for Black arts and culture, according to Artnet.

According to Artnet, “The project has some major funding firepower behind it. The Getty Foundation recently committed $3 million in grants for commissions, and professional basketball player DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls is leading a fundraising effort that includes naming opportunities in Sankofa Park. 

“Destination Crenshaw will be a fitting and joyful tribute to Black creativity and history,” Getty Foundation director Joan Weinstein said in a statement. “We are proud to join with other funders, public and private, in supporting this ambitious cultural place-keeping initiative, which though unique in location and scope can serve as a model for other communities throughout the country.”

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