Y.A.P.A. Teen Public Art Program


September 17 – October 17, 2013


Youth Apprenticeship in Public Art (YAPA) was a pilot collaborative initiative in partnership with DCA’s Public Art Division that responded to the LAPD’s expressed desire to activate the children’s areas of the new Community Police Stations. This initiative links the creation of public artwork with a professional teaching artist and youth served by DCA’s Community Arts Centers.

The William Grant Still Arts Center identified a lead teaching artist to develop a public art curriculum to collaborate with students in creating a public artwork for their paired Community Police Station, Olympic (Mid-City) Police Station. Lead Artist Karla Diaz, of Slanguage Studio, worked with students to design, fabricate and install the public art project into the teen area.

14 local artists were selected ages 14-19 to participate in the 5-week session to assist the lead artist with the development of this Public Art project. All students were paid a stipend for their participation.

Check out the gallery of photos from YAPA here!