Illuminate LA’s Collective Memory Installation

Illuminate LA graphics designed by David Hernández, Taller Para Nosotros.

The Collective Memory Installation was a digital exhibition of artworks reflecting on the collective history of Los Angeles County, presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with Grand Park powered by The Music Center. The installation featured artworks by one hundred Los Angeles artists across a wide array of artistic mediums to share diverse community experiences and perspectives, highlight underrepresented histories, and celebrate the dynamic culture of our region.

The Collective Memory Installation was on view at Grand Park, overlooking the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain from February 25 to March  18, 2023. The artworks were presented by theme weekly and curated by cultural organizer Anuradha Vikram. All artworks are presented on this page for archival purposes. 

Collective Memory Installation Dedication Event


February 25 - March 3, 2023

Los Angeles County is home to many distinct yet interwoven cities. Artists celebrate, share their affections, and visualize historical moments of their home neighborhoods within Los Angeles County, from Reseda to Bell to Long Beach.

Featured Artists

AQMNI, Christopher Baliwas, Marissa Brown, Diego Cardoso, Tofer Chin, Manny Cosentino, Heidi Duckler Dance, Robbert Flick, Luis-Genaro Garcia, Andreina Giron, Daniel González, Mark Holley, Marlené Nancy López, Oscar Magallanes, Álvaro D. Marquez, Alejandra Martinez, David Martinez, Rebeca Méndez, Walter Morataya Ramirez, Jim Newberry, Mike Norice, Avital Oehler, Okey Ofomata, Aydinaneth Ortiz, Mikki Paek, Pau S. Pescador, Felicia Ramirez, Vilma Ronzón, Hedy Torres, Omar Ureta / John Urquiza, Patssi Valdez, Christopher Velasco

March 4 - March 10, 2023

Everyone in Los Angeles County is from somewhere. Many people are from right here, going back generations on this land. Many are from somewhere else, and they bring their cultures, traditions, and memories with them. Artists pay homage to the sense of place that grounds us.

Featured Artists

Jorge Alvarado, Deborah Aschheim, Cindy Bonaparte, Natalie Bui, Arlene Campa, Lilliana Castro, Audrey Chan, Jason Chu, Common Threads Artists, Jose Felix Cruz, Ken Gonzales-Day, Danielle Therese Del Rosario, Stephanie Han, David Hernández, Phung Huynh, Louis Jacinto, Buena Johnson, Álvaro D. Marquez, Alejandra Martinez, David Martinez, Rebeca Méndez, Stephanie Mercado, Mike Norice, Nery Orellana, Pau S. Pescador, Neil Rivas, Adee Roberson, Shizu Saldamando, Aisha Singleton, Alyse Stone, Hedy Torres, Cathy Weiss

March 4 - March 10, 2023

Los Angeles County is home to varied geographies and Indigenous practices that put land and animals on more equal footing with humans. Artists envision living in balance with the planet and the traditional knowledge that surrounds us.

Featured Artists

Abby Aceves, Alyson Aliano, Natalie Bui, Lilliana Castro, Rick Castro, Sijia Chen, Beihua Guo, Stephanie Han, Peter Hess, Daniel Ingroff, Buena Johnson, Liza Macawili Ramos, Barry Markowitz, Rebeca Méndez, Avital Oehler, Nery Orellana, Laura Vazquez Rodriguez, Shizu Saldamando, Eliseo Art Silva, Aisha Singleton, Jane Szabo, Allen Tombello, Sichong Xie, Sey Yang

March 11 - March 18, 2023

Who are your people? The ones you come from, the ones you choose. Artists celebrate their people, from matriarchs and patriarchs to uncles and cousins, best friends, and chosen or queer family.

Featured Artists

Brian Allen, Alyson Aliano, Jorge Alvarado, Mr. Javon’e Armada, Lilliana Castro, Rick Castro, Manny Cosentino, Stephanie Han, Amani Holbert, Mark Holley, Phung Huynh, Bryan Ida, Louis Jacinto, Simonette David Jackson, Stella Kalinina, Carly Lake, Brenda Llamas, Gabriel Lopez, Liza Macawili Ramos, Stephanie Mercado, Walter Morataya Ramirez, Nery Orellana, Anthony Orendorff, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Francisco Palomares, Yana Pan, Alkaid Ramirez, Adee Roberson, Synthia Saint James, Eliseo Art Silva, Alyse Stone, Christopher Velasco, Sey Yang, Conan Zhao

March 11 - March 18, 2023

Los Angeles Basin is the unceded territory of the Tongva, Tataviam, Serrano, Kizh, and Chumash and home to generations of ancestors from all over the world. Ofrenda or offerings provide inspiration for the artists who reflect on their ancestors, rites of passage, sacred spaces and pay tribute.

Featured Artists

Abby Aceves, Carmen Argote, Roberto Benavidez, Cindy Bonaparte, Darrel 'Friidom' Dunn, Juan Escobedo, George Evans, Sophia Garcia, Daniel González, David Hernández, Bernard Stanley Hoyes, Loyce Kareri, Carly Lake, Matt Lipps, Gabriel Lopez, Aline Mare, Anthony Orendorff, Francisco Palomares, Alkaid Ramirez, Andrea Ramirez, Adee Roberson, Laura Vazquez Rodriguez, Aisha Singleton, Francisco Ramon Tejeda, Patssi Valdez, Sey Yang, Cathy Weiss


The Artists

A vibrant outdoor community gathering place for all, Grand Park adds a new spirit and vitality to downtown and is a beautiful public park for the entire community in Los Angeles County. With expansive green space for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the county’s cultural vitality and is host to community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities. The 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east and is easily accessible by Metro via the B/D (formerly Red/Purple) line to the Civic Center/Grand Park station. The park was named one of American Planning Association’s 10 "Great Public Spaces" in the U.S. for 2013. Working closely with the county, The Music Center is responsible for all operations and programming for the park. For more information, visit Follow Grand Park on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Spotify (@grandpark_la) as well as YouTube and Facebook (@grandparkLosAngeles).



Land Acknowledgement

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