Kounkuey Design Initiative, Inc.
Los Angeles, California
The NEA grant will support the programming phase of Nuestro Lugar: Engaging, Creating, and Activating Community Folklore. Lead partner Kounkuey Design Initiative, a design and community development organization that partners with people living in extreme poverty, will plan and develop arts activities for the first community-designed public space in North Shore, California. The project will include the residents' creation of their own maps to identify local cultural, physical, and creative assets and the design and development of physical and digital maps of those creative assets. The project will culminate in the design and implementation of "situaciones" (happenings), arts programming that will take place around the new public place. Kounkuey Design Initiative will work closely with the Desert Recreation District of Riverside County. Kounkuey's efforts in North Shore, a rural Latino community with approximately 3,400 residents, intend to augment existing cultural wealth and encourage visioning and community engagement.