a creative studio for civic engagement

a creative studio for civic engagement

a creative studio for civic engagement

Creative strategies for civic engagement

Creative strategies for civic engagement

a creative studio for civic engagement

Who We Are

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Public Matters is 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.


  • Neighborhood Stories. Community. Fried Pork Skin. Experience Historic Filipinotown through the voices of the people who know it best on Saturday, November 23rd – 10am-1pm. Join us for the launch of the The Chicharrón Chronicles Walking Tour, a free, mobile app-based tour featuring stories from......

  • Images from the three The Chicharrón Chronicles events are now online! Catch up with what happened in Historic Filipinotown in the last few weeks. The Chicharrón Chronicles 01: Mobilize // Movilizar // Magpak The Chicharrón Chronicles 02: Magsalita // Speak // Hablar The Chicharrón Chronicles......