Nuestro Lugar: Engaging, Creating, and Activating Community Folklore in North Shore, CA

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)

Funding Received: 2014
North Shore, CA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

North Shore, CA (population 3,500) is an unincorporated rural community with a significant immigrant population in Riverside County’s Eastern Coachella Valley, an inland community located on the north shore of the Salton Sea. North Shore residents and activists have worked with the Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) to create a community-designed schematic for the community’s first public space. This space was designed to unite North Shore’s four residential neighborhoods, which are currently physically isolated from one another. An ArtPlace grant would allow the community and KDI to undertake a cultural asset mapping project to inform a series of “situaciones” (site-specific art interventions) to draw connections among the residents, their existing cultural assets, and the new public amenity both during its construction and after it has opened. Potential situaciones include an abuela (grandmother) storytelling series to encourage intergenerational uses of a new family pavilion or a futbol jersey design party to encourage use of the new sports facilities.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Apr 29, 2018
The temporary transformation of Fickett Street in Boyle Heights began with yellow shades resembling huge kites suspended over the sun-scorched asphalt. Soon, a thoroughfare known... Read More
Jan 4, 2016
At the edge of California’s Salton Sea, a community arts event called Projections kicked off on a warm evening last November with poetry readings and... Read More