History and Key Places


Here are a few (more prominent) examples of community-based arts movements in Los Angeles that can be researched. Most are still in operation; some have closed:

Beyond Baroque
The Woman’s Building                                  
Shades of L.A. (LA Public Library)
Self Help Graphics                                         
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore
I.C.U. (In Creative Unity) Art Gallery          
Inner City Cultural Center
Brockman Gallery                                          
St. Elmo Village
World Stage Performance Gallery                 
KAOS Network/Project Blowed
California African American Museum           
Watts Writers Workshop
Watts Towers Arts Center                             
Ebony Theatre
So Cal Library for Social Research


By no means exhaustive and fairly informal….
This is a listing of some available resources to get you thinking and assist in your research.


Barron, Stephanie, Sheri Bernstein, and Ilene Susan Fort. Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

Barron, Stephanie, Sheri Bernstein, and Ilene Susan Fort, eds. Reading California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

Cole, Carolyn Kozo and Kathy Kobayashi. Shades of L.A.: Pictures from Ethnic Family Albums. New York: The New Press, 1996.

Davis, Mike. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles. London: Verso, 1990.

Domanick, Joe. The LAPD’s Century of War in the City of Dreams. New York: Pocket Books, 1994.

Gluck, Sherna Berger. Rosie the Riveter Revisited: Women, the War and Social Change. New York: The Penguin Group, 1988.

Heimann, Jim. Sins of the City: The Real Los Angeles Noir. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1999.

James, David E., ed. The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in L.A. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2003.

Klein, Norman M. The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory. London: Verso, 1997.

Klein, Norman M. and Martin J. Schiesl, eds. 20th Century Los Angeles: Power, Promotion, and Social Conflict. Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 1990.

McWilliams, Carey. Southern California: An Island on the Land. Salt Lake City, UT: Peregrine Smith Books, 1983.

Smith, Anna Deavere. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. New York: Anchor Books, 1994.

Webb, Gary. Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. New York: Seven Stories Press, 1998.

Wild, Mark. Street Meeting: Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005.



Aubry, Erin J.  “Words to Live By.” Los Angeles Times. 8 October 1995,  E1+.

Burk, Greg. “Horace Tapscott in the Heart of  It.”  LA Weekly  28 July 1989.

Daaood, Kamau. Leimert Park. CD-Rom. Mama Foundation, 1997.

Daaood, Kamau. The Language of Saxophones. City Lights Publishers, 2005.

Harris, Peter J. “Leimert Park Village.”  American Visions June/July 1992, 26+.

Holmes, Emory II. “So SoCal: All That Jazz,” Los Angeles Times Magazine. 1 September 1996, 10.

Mitchell, John L. “Rebirth of the Blues,” Los Angeles Times 26 August 1997, B1+.

Ratliff, Ben. “Horace Tapscott Staring No in the Face.” CODA Magazine (date unknown) pg 7+.

Robertson, Gil. “Inside Leimert Park.”  Black Enterprise June 1997, p336.

Sajbel, Maureen.  “The New Soul of L.A.” Travel & Leisure. October 1994, W12+.

Williams, Frank B. “The Poet of Leimert Park.” Los Angeles Times. 23 September 1997, B2+.