The following message is from David Galaviz, Executive Director, USC Local Government Relations:
Community members – Below please find the latest information regarding the opening of the Expo. Line which is occurring this weekend. First, Expo. is hosting four community festivals:
- 7th Street Metro Center Station
- USC/Expo – (Pardee Plaza on the USC Campus)
- Expo./Crenshaw Station (In the West Angeles Church Parking Lot)
- La Cienega/Jefferson Station
Fares this weekend are free. For more information, visit,
- English website: http://www.metro.net/projects_
- Spanish website: http://www.metro.net/projects_
Second, in anticipation of the opening of the stations around USC, the university and partners celebrated the many contributions of the community – past and present – in a series of public art banners installed along the Exposition line corridor. Stretching along 160 light poles on Exposition Boulevard, Flower, Hoover, State Lane Drive and Expo Center, the banners depict scenes from the neighborhood, as seen through the eyes of youth artists from local high schools.
The project, produced by L.A. Commons with partners CRA-LA, The Expo Center, and the California African American Museum, paired seven professional artists with 21 youth artists and 14 USC students in visual explorations of themes reflecting the cultural history of South Los Angeles, and its rich ethnic diversity. About 175 people from the community gathered on August 20, 2011 at the Exposition Park Rose Garden for a story summit. Afterwards, seven teams of art mentors, local high school artists and college artists – including faculty of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts – began transforming the information gathered during the interviews into art.
The artwork and street banners can be viewed on the Expo Line Art Website – https://expoart.usc.edu/
***A special ceremony to recognize the professional, youth and student artists involved with the Expo Line Art project will be held this upcoming Saturday, April 28th at 11:30 a.m. The event will take place on the USC Campus adjacent to the Expo Park/USC station at Trousdale and Exposition Boulevard. Los Angeles City Councilmembers Bernard Parks and Jan Perry will be participating ***