Anbiya's Personal Map of Leimert Park

Anbiya drawing her personal map

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.

Layer one identifies hot spots or key locations in Leimert Park

Layer two adds description and meaning to the hot spots

To read more about the process of creating the Leimert Park personal maps click HERE.


Anbiya SmithAnbiya is entering her junior year at Cleveland High School in Reseda. She has been involved in performance and fine art activities in Leimert Park most of her life. For her Youth Voices project she chose to explore locations that have important history and art that the wider public should be aware of.

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