Cocina Abierta's residency at Victoria Community Regional Park
May 1, 2015
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Creative Vandalism Abatement program will employ innovative arts based solutions to raise awareness of the value of civic spaces at four sites: AC Bilbrew Library, Woodcrest Library, East Rancho Dominguez Park and Victoria Park. Project artists Fausto Fernandez, Greenmeme, Christina Juarez Sanchez and Swift Lee will work with community engagement consultant Sara Daleiden to develop public engagement plans. Based on the information gathered through their activities, the artists will develop projects that explore a variety of creative methods to minimize the impact of graffiti at these four sites. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps will provide a youth labor force to the help the artists realize their projects. The Arts Commission’s Research and Evaluation Manager will work with County Library and Parks staff and the artists to evaluate the project's success. Results will be summarized in a final report for use in the development of future civic art projects and as a resource document for the public art field. The Creative Graffiti Abatement project is funded through a grant from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District.
Cocina Abierta collective member Erica Vasquez assists community chef and team mom, Portia Johnson as she cooks up chicken drummettes and sweet potato pie for the Victoria Park Community Cooking Show.