August 19, 2017

A collaboration between ACTA and The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, Building Healthy Communities: Approaching Community Health Through Heritage and Culture in Boyle Heights is one in a series of papers exploring connections between traditional arts and cultural practices and community well-being, as well as social change processes. 

Written by Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, Citlalli Chávez, this report is intended for anyone interested in better understanding how heritage-based arts practices can contribute to community empowerment, comprehensive neighborhood revitalization and better health outcomes, ACTA’s 32-page case study examines the Engaging Cultural Assets Pilot Project from 2011 through the fall of 2015 in Boyle Heights, a vibrant neighborhood in Los Angeles, full of challenges, assets and opportunities.