We are a grassroots network of artists, organizers, and allies that come together to address social justice issues in South Central and similar communities. We do this by uplifting the work of local artists, local entrepreneurs and cultural producers in the area and have been doing this since 2017!
We have 3 program branches we usually organize around but do not limit ourselves to.
1. Lot Liberation: envisioned and led by Davi De La Cruz- An event that took over a local parking lot focused onfamily friendly arts. The theme of this and similar events focused heavily on addressing growing pressures of gentrification and displacement, and the role that art can take in addressing and educating our community around their impacts. Lot Liberation brings together photographers, graffiti artists, and entrepreneurs demonstrating the strong talent that exists within and throughout South Central.
2. Barrio Beautification Effect: Envisioned and led by Francisco López- This program aims to cultivate art and cultural expression through exploring how art with the medium of graffiti can uplift young men of color and provide a space of healing, resiliency, and resistance through community-based muralism.
3. Green Alleys Network Project - Is a collaborative partnership between the South Central Arts and The Urban Studio a 501(c)3 based out of Washington DC.
This is a project that creates a safe, green friendly and active ally. Allies are renovated, re-paved and beautified. Thanks to a 100,000 dollar grant from The Trust for Public land we are set to paint eleven murals and have been able to provide opportunities for eleven artists to showcase their creativity by uplifting the voice of the community through their art. Lead by the amazing, living legend, Erick King Cre8 Walker and assisted by the talented and creative Erica Montelongo. We are on a mission to uplift the voice of the local community by providing this opportunity to artist connected, from and/or allied with South Central.