Grand Park, powered by The Music Center, will magnify the culturally rich and diverse communities that comprise L.A. County with a month-long public art installation to celebrate home and freedom, themes often associated with July 4th observances.
Through July 31, “Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A.” will feature photography and video exhibitions as well as a nighttime projection installation. Located throughout different areas of Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave.) between Grand Avenue and North Broadway, the on-site programming will illuminate Los Angeles through civic pride, identity, and engagement while narrating cornerstone stories of the American experience.
“What is Freedom? Where is Home?” will be featured in the Olive Court (between Grand Avenue and Hill Street). Grand Park will display four large murals designed and painted by artist Jonah Elijah. He will paint his depictions of home and freedom as an ode to his reflections of youth, joy, and the social landscape of being Black in America. Additionally, the visual artist has created a mixtape of spoken word, music, and social justice reflections that will be heard on-site to compliment his artwork.
“Rather than a one-day event, Grand Park is marking the July 4th holiday with a month-long celebration with “Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A.” The public art installations highlight the people and places of Los Angeles County and our diverse interests and serve as inspiration behind our collective longing for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said Rachel S. Moore, president, and CEO, The Music Center. “Our Grand Park team has curated a multitude of arts experiences to inform and celebrate our community while allowing Angelenos to ease back into summer routines, including relaxing in the park on warm days or strolling through its beautiful green spaces on cool evenings.”
Community members from across L.A. County are invited to follow Grand Park on social media channels to learn more about #PortraitsOfFreedom and share their own stories and reflections of home and freedom. For updated information, visit grandparkla.org. Follow Grand Park on Facebook (GrandParkLosAngeles), as well as Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok (@GrandPark_LA) and use hashtag #PortraitsOfFreedom for this celebration.