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Destination Crenshaw is being built for and by Black Los Angeles to proudly share our contributions to the city, and beyond.

Black Los Angeles has always played a major role in shaping our city and influencing the world. Home to the largest black community west of the Mississippi River, we have produced and influenced some of the greatest musicians, athletes, faith leaders, entertainers, and artists the world has ever seen. Black LA is at the center of some of the most effective multiracial community organizing and political activism in the nation. Our community has long been at the forefront of social justice, spurring soul-searching far and wide as the home of two urban uprisings, one being the largest in U.S. history.

It’s time to celebrate our art, culture, and history. And what better place than Crenshaw Blvd, the heart of Black LA.

Destination Crenshaw will be a public art and culture experience celebrating Black LA. This 1.1 mile long, open-air museum will run along Crenshaw Blvd at the new Crenshaw/LAX Line in Hyde Park. It will be the first outdoor project of its kind in LA, using an iconic street as a backdrop and anchor for public art and streetscape design. Destination Crenshaw will be built for, by, and in honor of Black Los Angeles, and highlight the unique contributions of African Americans to life in Los Angeles. Not only will the new rail line bring Angelenos to the Crenshaw area, Destination Crenshaw will be the gateway to the City of Los Angeles for riders from across the globe. Transporting visitors from LAX, the first stop in Los Angeles will be on Crenshaw Blvd in the heart of Black LA, giving everyone the opportunity to visit, experience, celebrate, and learn about the neighborhood and community.
Black LA has always been a leader when it comes to social justice. So, it’s no surprise that Destination Crenshaw was born from community activism.The vision for Destination Crenshaw came amid years of resident-led resistance to keep the Crenshaw/LAX Extension line underground. When LA Metro decided to build the line at street level to save on construction costs, the community decided to get in the driver seat and capitalize on the plan. This activism has led to ensuring Destination Crenshaw is an investment in our community, local businesses, and opportunity to celebrate our historically Black neighborhood.
Crenshaw has been the backdrop for hip hop, low riders, jazz, and black cinema for many decades. Destination Crenshaw will be the backdrop for Black LA to tell its story on its own terms and directly benefit the community it commemorates. Now, the cultural, political, and historical importance of Black LA will be formally recognized, celebrated and memorialized for all to see.

PUBLIC PARTNERS

Imagine cruising down a bustling Crenshaw Boulevard, stopping to admire the community-driven public art enveloping both sides the street, all to the beat of music that represents the culture and people of South LA. That is my vision for Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum that will engrave the heart and soul of South LA onto one of the most iconic streets in the world. Like Fairfax, Boyle Heights, Koreatown, Little Tokyo and others, our neighborhood should visibly tell the story of our people: our history, our present and our future. We’re building the museum hand-in-hand with community advocates, artists and youth, to create a vibrant public space that will proudly display the significant contributions of Black Los Angeles.

"Destination Crenshaw is being built for and by Black Los Angeles atop a rich history of Black activism. It will be a living celebration to remain standing for decades to come, one so stunning that everyone who visits will call their friends saying, ‘You’ve got to come see this."

Marqueece Harris-Dawson
Councilmember, City of Los Angeles, District Eight

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

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Perkins+Will is a leading American architecture and design firm working to create spaces that embody the spirit and image of a community.
Gabrielle Bullock

Gabrielle Bullock

FAIA, NOMA, IIDA, LEED AP
Managing Principal
Phil Freelon

Phil Freelon

FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal/Advisor
Zena Howard

Zena Howard

Principal Architect, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal/Facilitator
Drake Dillard

Drake Dillard

AIA, NOMAC
Project Manager

Community Partners

Councilmember Harris-Dawson brought together leaders from South LA to ensure that Destination Crenshaw is built for and by the community.

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