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PHOTO GALLERY: Check out visual highlights from select events here.

160+ Events, Unlimited Impact
From Lancaster to Long Beach, Pacoima to Pomona and Skid Row to San Gabriel Valley, WE RISE 2022 took collaboration and connection to new levels of impact, at a time when mental health matters more than ever.

Community knows itself best, and so WE RISE 2022 took a “nothing about us, without us” approach to drive programming with a purpose. The result? This year, WE RISE had more than 25 community and 5 LA County partners connecting more than 75,000 Los Angeles County residents to 160+ healing-centered events and programs through festivals, resource fairs, art installations, music and cultural experiences to support our collective health and wellbeing.

WE RISE 2022 emphasized positive community-led programming that connect youth and those who love them, while amplifying our collective strength.

“WE RISE is continually expanding the conversation around wellbeing, and these projects across LA County are designed by communities working on the frontlines of the most pressing issues of our times,” said Robin Garcia, Community Co-Director of WE RISE 2022.

Below are some highlights:

Getting the Green Light for LA County
WE RISE 2022 opened May with Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park bathed in green light in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. Green is the universal color for healing associated with mental health, and is symbolic of the heart chakra. All month long, this downtown hub was a vibrant reminder to care for and celebrate ourselves and our communities.

Los Angeles City Hall lights up green, the international color for healing, for Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The lighting was part of the WE RISE 2022 campaign, which is aimed at advancing health and healing in LA County. (Photo Credit: Susan Van Horn).

Youth Forward

The inaugural South Central Film Festival was a prime example of programming that uplifts youth voices. For the festival, Esperanza Community Housing and L.A. Grit Media curated films focused on beauty within communities of color and introduced youth to 8MM filmmaking and storytelling workshops. Afterwards, students had their short films featured in the festival.

Two young community members carry tote bags in Grand Park as a part of WE RISE 2022 during Native Seeds, a workshop led by Lila Chu and LA Commons on native plants. (Photo Credit: Cyn Yen).

Youth Justice Coalition hosted Resisting Through Sueñosa showcase of artwork that encouraged youth attendees to explore their roots, dreams and their futures through zine-making and mural-building.

The Power of Connection

LA Commons centered community connection and collective design with “Creating Our Next LA,” which included a temporary installation of 72 live oak trees. Located in Grand Park, visitors sat within the temporary urban forest and envisioned the world we so justly deserve while honoring the wisdom of local indigenous communities. 

Mujeres de Maíz and Self Help Graphics hosted the Xingonx Fest which included a mercado spotlighting local vendors and diverse musical and cultural performances. At the heart was a handmade rose wall dedicated to Boyle Heights community members who passed due to COVID-19 and an altar honoring members of Mujeres de Maíz who made 25 years of dedicated coalition building possible. 

Healing as a Community

The LA Baby Cooperative hosted Diapers & Art, a community resource fair providing free infant formula and other supplies to local families. The event inspired connection onsite through music, artistic workshops for children and access to other critical resources. 

Culture Cures by Community Coalition nurtured South Los Angeles residents and advanced healing through a multi-weekend festival included art exhibits, a bike tour, music and dance entertainment, connection to community resources and an art walk. “The Intersection: Future is Now,” curated by Ernesto Rocha, showcased 25 local multimedia artists commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles Civil Unrest.

WE RISE and LA County Collaborations

WE RISE 2022 partnered with LA County Office of Education (LACOE), Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Mental Health (DMH), LA County Library and Grand Park.

LACOE collaborated with Get Lit for the annual Why I Rise competition. Through spoken word, the competition provided students with an outlet to share their voice: their struggle and hope, their pain and their joy. Grand Park hosted a live oak tree installation and immersive green light installation.

Sunsets at the Park fueled the souls of LA County residents by providing green spaces, physical activity and social connections. Consisting of three weekly events, community members joined family-friendly experiences such as meditation, yoga, dance jams and canvas painting.

Beyond celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month, DMH celebrated its Peer Resource Center’s (PRC) fifth birthday and other events such as their Recovery Resource Fair where attendees learned about other County programs and community agencies that offer supportive services. At the Library, community members practiced mindfulness and gathered tips to stay focused and present to center healing.

Resources for Wellbeing

WE RISE 2022 has curated an updated list of intersectional, culturally relevant community-based resources across LA County that support health, healing and wellbeing. Visit to find resources that are right for you.

The conversation around mental health has never been more important. There is power in asking for the support. We must take care of ourselves and those we love because mental health IS health.

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About We Rise 2022

WE RISE 2022: BY US, FOR US is a series of community-led events that support health and healing  across Los Angeles County. Learn more.

Media Contacts

WE RISE 2022 Press Kit is here.
WE RISE 2022 Digital Toolkit is here.

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