Nuestro Lugar: North Shore is the first resident-designed, culture-driven, community development project in the rural community of North Shore, California. 

Nuestro Lugar co-locates physical improvements (a community-designed 5-acre public space and a bike-share program) and economic activities (a small business training program and a monthly marketplace) alongside a series of multi-faceted arts and culture initiatives.  Nuestro Lugar maps and uses the many historic, cultural, and artistic resources of North Shore as catalysts for change.  Through various artistic “situaciones†and interventions, residents shape their community and its new public space.  In the process, they build strong cultural networks, create new forums for organizing and capacity-building, and re-orient community narratives.  The many components of Nuestro Lugar work together to enable residents to improve physical, social, and economic quality of life, while re-defining the identity of their North Shore.

This project is made possible by the extraordinary energy brought forth by the residents of North Shore, and was initiated in collaboration with:

Kounkuey Design Initiative – Chelina Odbert, Jessica Bremner, Jessie Heneghan, Jennifer Toy and Carlos Hernandez, with community organizer support from Eulalia Dominguez and Omar Guardado

Mutuo Architecture – Jose Herrasti and Fernanda Opperman

and Artistic Directors Evelyn Serrano and Shannon Scrofano.

We are grateful to our community partner Desert Recreation District, and to generous funding and support provided by the California Endowment‘s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, the Surdna Foundation, NEA Our Town, the Tony Hawk Foundation, and ArtPlace America.