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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Education Notes

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
Lewa Maps Leimert Park

Lewa Maps Leimert Park

Are there places in your neighborhood that you love but also want to see changed? Student producer Lewa shows us in her personal map that you can have very complex feelings for th ...
Joy's Personal Map of Leimert Park

Joy's Personal Map of Leimert Park

When you think of your neighborhood what are the key places you think of? For student producer Joy, it's the people and places that provide a space for creativity and fun.
Carolina Maps Leimert Park

Carolina Maps Leimert Park

Carolina's map of Leimert Park shares how she came to know and appreciate the neighborhood.
Bashiri Maps his Leimert Park

Bashiri Maps his Leimert Park

What do you see and observe in your neighborhood? For student producer Bashiri it includes positive memories and a few cautionary tales.
Leimert Park Workshop #1: Identifying Neighborhood Connections

Leimert Park Workshop #1: Identifying Neighborhood Connections

What are the people, places and things that make up your neighborhood? For the Leimert Park student producers it's the places that nurture their creativity, connect them to their ...
Meet LewaNana Pinkney

Meet LewaNana Pinkney

A Georgia native finds her way through the arts programs available in Leimert Park.
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