a creative studio for civic engagement

a creative studio for civic engagement

a creative studio for civic engagement

a creative studio for civic engagement

Who We Are

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Public Matters is a creative studio for civic engagement. An award-winning, Los Angeles-based social enterprise.

We are a cross-disciplinary, multigenerational and culturally diverse group: artists, educators, designers, facilitators, public engagement specialists, and media production professionals committed to equity, engaged in collaborative creative acts for public good.


Our team is fluent across cultural contexts, languages, media, disciplines, and sectors.

What We Do

Public Matters addresses the trust gap between institutions & agencies and historically marginalized neighborhoods & communities.

We advise our clients on proactive education and engagement strategies that transform the culture, practice, and experience of civic participation in communities of color.


Urban Futures Lab is a two-year fellowship training and employment program for young adults (18-26) from low-income LA communities of color.

It is an evolution of our work with youth and young adults – a response to the scarcity of meaningful opportunities for young adults in the communities where we work.


  •   An overpass bridge on City Terrace Dr. with a large banner reading “Local Community Control” Photo by Brisa Aviles  While thinking about what could be the theme for my capstone project, I knew it had to involve my neighborhood of City Terrace. Is is......

  • For my Urban Futures Lab Capstone Project, I held a virtual event titled “Skate Safe Digital Resistive Space.” This event strived to amplify the resistive and countercultural ways marginalized groups (specifically skaters who identify as womxn, non-binary+Black, African, or of Color) create space for themselves, especially in......