Creating personal maps is one of the first activities we do in Youth Voices. We ask the student producers to identify the places they spend time with friends, or places that have meaning to them as well as other key locations, people, and things. This begins the process of thinking more critically about their neighborhood along with initiating a creative freedom to express ideas that are true to their experiences. The maps provide an opportunity to put it down on paper and reflect on a personal memories that start to paint a clearer picture of Leimert Park and what they would like to see it become.
The first layer of the map lays out the neighborhood and identifies the Hot Spots
The second layer shares details and experiences tied to each of the Hot Spots
To read more about the process of creating the Leimert Park personal maps click HERE.
Carolina Rivas is a student at Santa Monica College. She came to Leimert Park recently to take part in the art workshops available at KAOS Network and LA Commons. She has connected to the neighborhood through art and now describes it as a second home.