Following African tradition, we open each Festival day with traditional African drumming .This image is of S.H.I.N.E. Mwausi led by Rene Fisher-Mims (second from right).
LA City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Council District 10
Azar Lawrence, Barbara Morrison, Miles Mosely
Mark-Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor 2nd District, Los Angeles County
We put a smile on everyone’s face. Join our audience of beautiful people!
Thank you Union Bank; a sponsor for the 6th consecutive year!
Shop our Village Marketplace with over 80 fine art and quality craft vendors from around the nation!
The legendary Dulan’s on Crenshaw is the proud sponsor of our VIP Hospitality Suite for the third year!
Culture is the fabric that binds us together as one community.
The Raw 2 the Roots Natural Hair Show presented by Crème of Nature.
Kamasi Washington, Medusa, and Leon “Da Lion” Mobley
LA Naturals, the largest natural hair meetup.com group on the West Coast w/over 1,100 members!
Dibs Pro Audio Worldwide is our official sound company for four consecutive years!
Superior Grocers is a proud sponsor for the fourth consecutive year. They also support our focus on education by providing scholarships for two schools in our district at our Festival!
Juan Roberts Design & Photography is a taste-maker and responsible for all the amazing images captured at our Festival. Juan is also a partner in The Leimert Park Village Group.
Mc Donald’s is a proud sponsor for the fifth consecutive year! Come out and enjoy a complimentary refreshing cold smoothie!
Kettle Corn & Stuff is a proud second year sponsor. CEO & Owner Keith Jackson is also a partner in The Leimert Park Village Group.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Saturday, July 25, 2015
- Top banner: 36'-10" x 3'-8"
- Each side banner: 6' x 16'
- Center banner: 23'-6" x 12'-8"
- Bottom banner: 36'-10" x 3.5' or can be divided into 6 custom sizes.
As usual, we have a great mix of crowd favorites and new artists performing for the first time on our stage. The partial line up includes, Barbara Morrison, Azar Lawrence Quartet, Sukari Reid-Glenn Quartet featuring Nedra Wheeler, Medusa, Michael Session Quartet, Nasambu and The Mystic Nomads, Michael Dutton and The 4G Band, Anthony Aquarious, Kari Taylor, Fountain of Roots, Funkalicious, Radio & Dat EZ Band, and more to be announced.
Diana Shannon Young has always been artistically soul drawing and sketching from an early age. However, she started her artistic journey in the late 70's when a friend convinced her and her husband to join the myriad of would be gallery owners selling inexpensive posters by Rosamond, Klimt, Picasso and more which led to original graphics by Rockwell, Dali, Neiman and others and on to acquiring and representing original work by some of the aforementioned artist and more. Noticing a visible shortage of available artwork by artist of color, they published one of the first full color mail order catalogs devoted to images by artist of the African Diaspora. Thus her creative spirit was rejuvenated and her career and journey as a self taught artist took flight. With a critical eye for color and the ability to strike balance between the familiar and the abstract her work has been well received.
Diana studied art at the collegiate level but primarily self directed her work. She has followed her creative inspirations to heights unconfined yet her art is immediately recognizable. Her work has been featured in National Magazines such as Ebony and The Journal to The National Medical Association as well as LA Weekly Magazine and numerous others.
Her public commissions include but not limited to The March Of Dimes National Office where she created awards for partnering Sororities and Fraternities . She created Collage Painting Awards presented to the six surviving founding members of The Congressional Black Caucus, including creating posters for The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation on three separate occasions. She was also commissioned to create posters for The 25th Anniversary Fundraising poster for The Forum of Black Public Administrators, The 2008 Los Angeles Pan African Film and Art Festival and a special anniversary painting for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, just to name a few.
Notable shows include solo exhibitions at The African American Museum, Los Angeles, Ca., The Lyceum Theater Museum, San Diego, Ca. and group exhibitions at Bank One Center and Museum Wilmington, DE. and Riverside Art Museum with Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Charles Bibbs, Jacob Lawrence and more. She has exhibited at Art Expo NY, Las Vegas and Palm Springs, The Brentwood, CA. Fine Art Show., The National Black Fine Art Show, Harlem Fine Art Show and in Harlem, Martha's Vineyard, and The Monterey California Fine Art Show and more.
Collectors include Ed Gordon, Billy Dee Williams, Barbara Thomas, John And Earl Graves Sr., Alden McDonald, Sheila Webb, and more. Diana delights in creating a place of peace through color, texture and shapes.She is inspired by spontaneous impromptu subject matter thus allowing the rough feel and the soft but vibrant hues to set a mood for each painting. Her paintings reflect spirituality, unity, family, political, botanical, color and form.