Hollywood Park arts program celebrates diversity and culture with local artists

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — “Inglewood is about community,” said Calida Rawles, an Inglewood-based artist. “It means strength. It means diversity. It means beauty and home to me.”

Calida Rawles is one of six artists chosen to be part of a mural program in Hollywood Park. All artists are based in Los Angeles and Rawles is one of two from Inglewood.

The goal of the program is to create a piece that celebrates diversity and captures the essence of the surrounding community.

“I think art is still very important in that it can celebrate diverse ideas, thoughts and communities,” Rawles said. “I think having a program that brings in local artists is always essential.”

“You talk about innovation, you talk about strength, you talk about a city of champions,” said Jason Witt, senior director of community affairs and engagement at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. “This mural program reflects exactly that. It reflects the people, culture and diversity of Inglewood.”

With his love for Inglewood in mind and the help of his team, Rawles created a 26ft frame over a period of around three weeks. She said she was happy with how it turned out and happy that she was able to represent not only her Inglewood community but other diverse artists.

“As an artist of color, a woman, you always represent diversity whether you like it or not,” Rawles said. “I’m happy to have a place in art history and to be able to express myself and have a voice.”

“Hollywood Park is sewn into the fabric of Inglewood,” Witt said. “It’s important that everyone who visits feels welcome. Everyone who visits sees a piece of themselves here.”

As this mural was her first public artwork, Rawles said she was happy to be chosen among the other six artists and hopes this opportunity can open more doors.

“I’m happy to be a part of it and wanted to create something that Inglewood would be proud of,” Rawles said.

Visitors here will be able to view the six completed murals once the Hollywood Park shopping district opens in spring 2023.

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Kayleen C. Rice