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.”