Leimert Park Jazz Festival Launches 4th Annual Juried Art Competition
The 4th Annual Leimert Park Jazz Festival Art Competition launched on Friday, March 17, 2023. The competition is open to South L.A.-based visual artists, 18 years or older. Artists compete for a prize package that includes $1,000 cash award. Art submissions will be accepted through Friday, June 23 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
By Ricky Richardson | Contributing Writer
(Los Angeles, CA) – The 4th Annual Leimert Park Jazz Festival Art Competition launched on Friday, March 17, 2023. The competition is open to South L.A.-based visual artists, 18 years or older. Artists compete for a prize package that includes $1,000 cash award. Art submissions will be accepted through Friday, June 23 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
The year’s four esteemed jurors are Lyndon Barrios, Artist, Animation Director, and Filmmaker; Dominique Moody, Assemblage Artist and Visual Griot; Dr. Joy Simmons, California African American Museum Board Member, Art Collector, and Philanthropist; and Erin Broyard Stennis, President, Level 55 Consulting. The jurors will select three finalists who will go up for a vote online and the community will choose the winner.
“Leimert Park, and the surrounding areas of South LA, has always been a mecca for artists of color who dared to give full expression to their creative genius,” said Ms. Stennis. “We must continue to shine light on these talented and often under recognized souls.”
“The Visual Arts reflect the music of Jazz by expressing our joys, our sorrows, our spirit, our power, our voice,” said Ms. Moody. “When images like these are combined, they inspire paintings that are rich with improvisational beats and poetic rhymes.”
Historic Leimert Park in South LA. is a culturally rich neighborhood that has been the center of African American creative arts and culture in Los Angeles for decades. Highly regarded arts institutions such as The World Stage, The Vision Theater, The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, KAOS Network, Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, and Art + Practice make their home in Leimert Park which contributes to its vibrancy.
“The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is a celebration of jazz, community, and culture. The Arts Competition is a great complement to the festival,’ said Diane Robertson, who executive produces the festival in association with The World Stage. “I’m thrilled to offer this platform to local visual artists and to highlight the immense talent in our beloved South L.A. community.
You don’t want to miss this year’s Leimert Park Jazz Festival. The festival brings together a culturally diverse, family-friendly audience to enjoy a day of outstanding jazz from local and world-renowned artists. The Leimert Park Jazz Festival provides a platform to showcase and promote local minority-owned small businesses, visual artists and non-profit organizations.
Now in its fourth year (and being presented in person for the third time), the Leimert Park Jazz Festival has established itself as a destination for music aficionados from across the greater Los Angeles area and beyond.
The 4th Annual Leimert Park Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023, outdoors, on the upper deck of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw, 3650 W. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90008.
For more information visit www.leimertparkjazzfestival.com and follow them on social media, Instagram and Facebook @leimertparkjazzfestival.