KAOS Network - Leimert Park
KAOS Network - Leimert Park

Leimert Park is no ordinary neighborhood. It's a focal point of energy that fuels the creativity and transformation of artists and activists alike. It is the hub of African American culture in Los Angeles, rich with history, activity, and possibility. Its design, created by the Olmsted Brothers for the Walter H. Leimert Company in the 1920s, fosters this flow of thought, creativity and communal gathering, with streets, boulevards, storefronts, parks, homes and schools laid out to bring people together to share experiences and build community.

For the Leimert Park installment of Departures, Youth Voices partnered with KAOS Network in the heart of the village. We worked with young people to share their stories and explore the future of this extraordinary location. The student producers came with a strong connection to the neighborhood having already taken part in various activities throughout the community. They came to Youth Voices with knowledge of the neighborhoods history and with hopes for its future. They engaged in a multimedia exploration and dialogue with their neighborhood and their place within it.

Follow us to see Leimert Park, through the eyes and words of the next generation of artists, activists, and storytellers.

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Photography

Some pictures capture the essence of a location while others invite the viewer to experience the place in a deeper more emotional way that allows us to understand it's importance to the student photographer.

Recent Stories
Leimert Park: A Couple's Mission to Make Arts Education Available to Everyone

Leimert Park: A Couple's Mission to Make Arts Education Available to Everyone

"We spoke to different people within the community about this issue and decided we would create a volunteer system that would allow people with different talents to bring that tale ...
Leimert Park Workshop #4: Community Interviews

Leimert Park Workshop #4: Community Interviews

The students asked questions regarding the origins and history of Leimert Park as well as when and why African Americans began to identify it as both a residential and cultural hom ...
Leimert Park Workshop #3: Ready to Press Record

Leimert Park Workshop #3: Ready to Press Record

Does practice make perfect? Well it certainly makes most activities easier and more comfortable. That was the main objective during the Youth Voices media workshop focused on video ...
Photographing Leimert Park: A Community Responds To Injustice

Photographing Leimert Park: A Community Responds To Injustice

Students photograph the community's reaction to the Zimmerman verdict and explore how historically Leimert Park has offered a space for activists and artist to express themselves.
Leimert Park: A Community Map

Leimert Park: A Community Map

Explore Leimert Park through an interactive map that highlights what the Youth Voices students believe makes their neighborhood unique, rich in stories, and most importantly, what ...
Anbiya's Personal Map of Leimert Park

Anbiya's Personal Map of Leimert Park

Anbiya's map highlights her deep connection to the arts and culture that embody Leimert Park.
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