The July Leimert Park Art Walk featured the 7th Annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks. The annual festival is organized by LA Commons with support from Art Walk founder and GLPVCC BID Advisory Board member Ben Caldwell of Kaos Network.
“Restoring Balance” was the theme of this year’s Festival of Masks which leveraged the power of the arts to invoke compassion and inspire connection regardless of perceived differences among people of different backgrounds. LA Common’s Community Arts Program Director Beth Peterson worked with over 100 community members and youth for two months to develop the oversized masks. The Day of the Ancestors is based on the tradition of remembering and honoring the dead.
The day began with ceremonial blessings in English, Spanish and Yoruba followed by a lively dance and drum procession with community participants marching inside the handmade masks. After the procession, dancers, drummers, youth groups and community members engaged in a celebration of the global African village on a stage in front of the Vision Theatre.
Artist performances include Kehinde, S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi, Kouman Kele West African Dance & Drum […]