LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Culture Mosaics: The Past & Present of Los Angeles
LocationLA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles, California
Three thematic mosaics explore the rich history of the Mexican American community and its relationship with Los Angeles.
Looking to the rich history of Mexican American art, the Culture Mosaics embrace the diversity and range of voices, the individual and shared experiences of identity. Visitors can navigate in-depth stories and explore oral histories, archival film, photographs, and audio recordings. This curated content appears alongside user-contributed content from Twitter and Flickr, and in tandem with stories left by visitors in the onsite Community Voice recording booth. Three installations of the mosaic focus on distinct relevant themes, which together create a tailored experience out of the many voices of the community. Developed in HTML5 with powerful administration capabilities, the interactives are highly scalable and provide for versatility of use in the future.
Press & Awards“Cultural Center Opens Doors,” NBC LA, John Adams, April 17, 2011
Inaugural exhibition LA Starts Here! is the first of its kind in scope and stance, and reveals the role of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the founding and shaping of Los Angeles’ history and culture. Through iconic artifacts, interactive experiences, captivating films, and even user-submitted content, the exhibition unveils Los Angeles as a multicultural project from the very beginning.“City welcomes first Mexican American heritage museum ,” Intersections South LA, Tanner Keith, April 13, 2011
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located in the exact spot where Los Angeles was founded in 1781. The newly renovated five-story building is now filled with interactive experiences for visitors to explore the lives of the people who make up the city's history.“A new focus for Latino cultural activity in L.A.,” Los Angeles Times, Reed Johnson, April 12, 2011
The facility's main exhibition hall contains interactive video screens that will enable visitors to search for information and share opinions about the center as well as a digital recording installation that will allow them to share family stories, memories of growing up in Los Angeles and reflections on what their ethnic identities mean to them. Ken Luftig Viste, curator of “LA Starts Here!” and former chief curator of the Grammy Museum, said that all visitors, regardless of their ethnicity, are invited to contribute.
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- Sara Siri, Matt Sundstrom
- Technology Director
- Thomas Wester
- Lead Developers
- David Brewer, Thomas Wester
- Integration Engineer
- Matt Arnold
- Physical Integrator
- Sam Jeibmann
- Prototype Developer
- Thomas Reynolds
- Alyssa Glass
- Production Coordinator
- Elizabeth Bourke
- Director of Creative Development
- Bruce Wyman