Our Town

Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Los Angeles, California

$150,000

2014

The NEA grant will support an artists in residence program and community programming in the rural unincorporated communities of the Antelope Valley. Artists will be selected through a competitive process and embedded in the communities. With lead artist Suzanne Lacy and the Otis College of Art and Design MFA in Public Practice Program and artists in residence, the commission will identify a location in each town's center to create an animated public space, conduct field research, and identify assets for a community specific engagement plan. The artists will execute the plans using creative methods to engage residents in civic discourse, cultural exchange, idea sharing, artwork creation, and in the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning planning process. The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance will work with the artists to develop arts sustainability plans for each community that include recommendations and capacity for future development. The project team, including the City of Lancaster Museum of Art and History, will focus artists in residence recruitment in the Antelope Valley. Up to two artists will be selected through a competitive process and embedded in two communities directly serving 15,000 residents and with the potential to reach the entire Antelope Valley region, of over 500,000, through public programs and events.