Karen Mack

Karen Mack is founder and Executive Director of LA Commons, an organization dedicated to promoting Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods through locally based, interactive, artistic and cultural programming. LA Commons has implemented community art projects, tours and cultural development initiatives in communities throughout LA and in partnership with organizations such as the Central American Resource Center, the South Asian Network, Thai Community Development Center and UCLA. Prior to work with LA Commons, she served as a Public Service Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she researched the role of culture in community building. She holds an MPA from Harvard University and an MBA from the John Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She is currently president of the board of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative and the appointed president of the City’s Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.

East Hollywood Utility Box Project, 2012, East Hollywood Medium: Acrylic on Metal, 72” x 48” x 36” Artist: Stephanie Argueta & Helen Bernstein High School Youth Commissioned: Nissan Foundation, Weingart Foundation, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council Description: This work is the intersection of ancient and contemporary in Thai Town.  In East Hollywood, 11 young people from Marshall and Bernstein High Schools had the chance to work with artists Stephanie Argueta and Nori Shirasu to create designs for boxes along the historic Route 66.  Supported by the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Thai Community Development Center and the Office of then Councilman Eric Garcetti, the boxes create beauty in an otherwise nondescript stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard and serve as a touchstone for the stories of people living along this important corridor. Photo Credit: Martha Benedict

East Hollywood Utility Box Project, 2012, East Hollywood
Medium: Acrylic on Metal, 72” x 48” x 36”
Artist: Stephanie Argueta & Helen Bernstein High School Youth
Commissioned: Nissan Foundation, Weingart Foundation, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council
Description: This work is the intersection of ancient and contemporary in Thai Town. In East Hollywood, 11 young people from Marshall and Bernstein High Schools had the chance to work with artists Stephanie Argueta and Nori Shirasu to create designs for boxes along the historic Route 66. Supported by the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Thai Community Development Center and the Office of then Councilman Eric Garcetti, the boxes create beauty in an otherwise nondescript stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard and serve as a touchstone for the stories of people living along this important corridor.
Photo Credit: Martha Benedict