Celebrating the diverse communities along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project 

Come Out to Hear What is Going On in OurNeighborhood! !


Join community for a Halfway There Community Celebration
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10am to 4pm
Leimert Park Village
4395 Leimert Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Metro is hosting a community celebration as we approach the halfway mark on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. We thank the community for your patience and continued support as we achieve this significant milestone.


Activities include: 
> Entertainment by local musicians
> Kids zone
> Marketplace
> Metro and Contractor employment opportunities
> Small business resources
> Sustainability resources

Do you have a band?  Choir?  Are you a poet?  Dancer?  Singer?  Post a clip on Facebook or Twitter, include #halfwaythere, and get a chance to perform on our stage May 7. 


Don’t miss the award-winning Inglewood High School Sentinels Marching Band as they kick-off the day’s festivities at 10am!  




Three workshops led by artists who are creating artworks for C/LAX stations. Meet the artists and learn about their work. All ages.
COLLAGE MAKING WITH SHINIQUE SMITH  (10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30-3:30pm)
Make a collage with Shinique Smith, artist for MLK Jr. Station. Participants will be able to take home their creations.
Participate in a group art making activity, led by Mara Lonner and Kim Schoenstadt, artists for MLK Jr. Station and Fairview Heights Station, respectively.
TEXTURES AND DRAWINGS WITH INGRID CALAME  (10:30am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:30pm)
Make a drawing using rubbing techniques with Ingrid Calame, artist for Leimert Park Station. Participants will be able to take home their creations.


inglewood-artist-poster-mta-1_120Artists Wakana Kimura and Sam Pace created posters for Inglewood and Leimert Park as part of Metro’s Through the Eyes of Artists poster series. created posters for Inglewood and Leimert Park as part of Metro’s Through the Eyes of Artists poster series. Both artists will be on hand to sign free copies of their posters. (11:00am - 1:00pm--Wakana Kimura & 1:00-3:00pm—Sam Pace).leimert-park-artist-poster-mta-1_120
Visit a table chock full of mosaic, glass and porcelain enamel steel—samples of the artwork materials that will be integrated within the C/LAX stations (All day) 



West Angeles Choir (10:10am)

Invocation by Bishop Blake, West Angeles Church of God in Christ (10:30am)
We are honored to have the world-renowned West Angeles Choir perform on stage followed by an invocation by Bishop Blake, who is recognized as one of the greatest preachers of this generation with a message that ministers to the whole person and brings together people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.  west_adams_church_120





Performance by Lula Washington Dance Theatre (12:00pm - 12:30pm)

The Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation was founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington to provide a creative outlet for dance artists in south Los Angeles. The founding mission is to build a world class contemporary modern dance company that travels worldwide with contemporary modern dance works that reflect African-American history and culture. 




Music Performance by Buyepongo (1:00pm -1:45pm)

BUYEPONGO, meaning “to cause a ruckus,” is a high-energy creative musical group with an infectious sound that pushes crowds to dance. The group's pulse and power is built around the drum and guacharaca (pronounced: wah cha rah ca) giving them an upbeat tropical flare deeply rooted in the Caribbean coast of South and Central America. This Pan-Latin fusion takes its cues from traditional "roots" music of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Their arrangements are unique, full-of-life, and infused with jazz and funk creating a vibrant sound that seamlessly fuses styles to its own modern Afro-Latin groove, self-titled Buyangú. 

Music Performance by Dwight Trible Ensemble
+ Poetry Reading by Kamau Daáood (2:15pm - 3:00pm)

dwight-trible_120Director of the World Stage, Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike.
Kamau Daáood, a founder of the World Stage, has written two volumes of poetry and has a spoken word CD entitled “Leimert Park.” He performs spoken word poetry around the world.  kamau-damaaood_120





Interactive Drumming Workshop Led By Nikki Campbell and Kahlil Cummings (in front of stage)  (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

nikki-campbell_120Balandugu Kan’s own Nikki Campbell and Kahlil Cummings, also members of Rhythm Arts Alliance, will lead an interactive drumming workshop.  Some drums provided by Rhythm Arts Alliance, but everyone is welcome to bring their own.  kahlil-cummings_120







*Soul Children DJs Sacred & Al Jackson will spin sounds in between sets throughout the day

sacred-dj_120Sacred and Al Jackson are both DJs/producers and are part of a collective known as Soul Children, which hosted a party called Juju at 5th St. Dick’s in Leimert Park for many years.  al_jackson_dj_120







Vision Theatre Trees to Drums (1:00-1:15pm)-

Dwight Trible & Matthew Gibson of World Stage, among others, will discuss Metro’s project to save trees that would otherwise have been lost as part of construction of the C/LAX line. Instead of destruction, wood from the trees was used to create West African-style drums that were then given to local arts organizations.



Murals + Mentors (2:30-2:45pm) –

Local youth who participated in workshops to design construction phase artworks will discuss their experiences working on the project. The fruits of their labor are already on view at three station sites along the C/LAX Corridor.


Short videos about Crenshaw/LAX station art-in-progress featuring interviews with the artists and a sneak peek at their designs (12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, and 2:45pm) 


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