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.


  • SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023 Queer Mercado, 4801 E 3rd St, East Los Angeles, CA 90022 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, “Pet Parade” at 12:30 pm 31,518 households in East LA have pets – that’s a lot of paws and claws using local streets and sidewalks!......

  • October 28th-November 4, 2022 FREE! Registration recommended. For Dia de los Muertos, a commemoration of lives lost to traffic crashes along City Terrace Drive. Please help create a week-long installation that commemorates lives lost to traffic crashes and highlights traffic safety concerns along City Terrace......