Cultural Treasures of South LA is an asset mapping and activation initiative under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Promise Zone Arts (PZA). The South LA iteration of this initiative is being conducted in partnership with the LA Commons, SLATE-Z and Community Coalition, and the University of Southern California. This project gives South LA residents a participatory platform to spotlight local Cultural Treasures — the artists, sites, cultural practices and tradition bearers that they deem significant, illuminating the rich cultural tapestry that makes their communities thrive.
The first iteration of Promise Zone Arts was a two-year, multi-neighborhood cultural asset mapping and activation initiative administered by DCA from 2018 to 2020 that utilizes cultural mapping strategies, ethnographic documentation, community gatherings, and free public events to identify and support the artists, cultural practitioners, tradition bearers, and sites that Los Angeles Promise Zone neighborhood residents deem significant. Promise Zone Arts seeks to illuminate the value of neighborhood cultural assets from the perspectives of residents and make the cultural treasures they identify visible and recognized as essential in making our communities more sustainable and livable.