ABOUT

Destination Crenshaw is a reparative development project and will be the largest Black public art project in the U.S. and quite possibly the world. Ultimately, the project will commission more than 100 works by Black artists who have strong ties to Los Angeles, creating a pipeline of work and jobs for emerging, seasoned and internationally renowned artists. But the project is so much more than art. Its mission is nothing less than to place a cultural stamp of Blackness on Crenshaw Boulevard – a stamp akin to those in Chinatown, Mariachi Plaza, Koreatown and other ethnic enclaves.

In addition to art, new pocket parks will line the project site, providing spaces for gathering, rest and conversation as well as community healing, protest and celebration. With a commitment to environmental equity, we will reforest the boulevard, planting more than 800 trees and developing over 30,000 square feet of sustainable landscaping. The project is also designed to fuel construction careers, thanks to the inclusion of an unprecedented 70% local hiring requirement in our construction contract. And lastly, providing technical support to the small businesses along the corridor is, and will remain, central to our work. Small businesses are our community’s lifeblood!

When completed in 2024, Destination Crenshaw’s innovative vision will be a testament to the past, present, and future of LA’s Black community.

DC Staff

Jason Foster

President and COO

Natasha Moise

Director of Administration

Heather Heslup

Director of Public Art Programs

Taylor Jeffrey

Public Art & Administrative Assistant

GOVERNING BOARD

Berlinda Fontenot-Jamerson

Board Chair

Deborah Bryant

Board Member

Effie Turnbill Sanders

Board Member

Shomari Davis

Board Member

Partners

Destination Crenshaw

Destination Crenshaw Community Advisory Council

Adam Ayala
Alberto Retana
Allison Agsten
Archer One
Ben Caldwell
Darnell Hunt
Drake Dillard
Felicia Filer

James Burk
Jill Moniz
Jorge Peniche
V. Joy Simmons, MD
Judith Baca
Karen Mack
Kohshin Finley
Larry Earl

Leroy Hamilton
Mandla Kayise
Mark Greenfield
Naima Keith
Ron Finley
Tafarai Bayne

Public Art Curatorial Committee

Naima Keith

Vice President of Education and Public Programs at LACMA

Ron Finley

Founder of the Ron Finley Project, Gardener and Community Activist

Larry Earl

Owner of 1619 Exhibits

Adam Ayala

Founder of Smile South Central

Dr. Joy Simmons

Senior Art and Exhibition Advisor

AJ Girard

Independent Curator

Dominique Clayton

Founder of Dominique Gallery

Rick Garzon

Founder of Residency Art Gallery