Jackie Robinson Park Stories

The story of Sun Village, California is one of incredible self-determination, and Jackie Robinson Park is at the center of this community’s civic life. A green oasis forged in the midst of the Antelope Valley desert by mostly African American women, the park became one of the key places where village elders built a tight-knit, loving, inclusive community, and raised generations of diverse young leaders. In honor of this inspiring history, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has partnered with arts organization Clockshop, Kounkey Design Initiative, and artist April Banks to design and develop permanent artwork and an interpretive exhibition on site at the park. As part of the community engagement and design process leading up to the installation of this work, Clockshop commissioned photographer Stella Kalinina to interview generations of villagers and make their portraits at the 2022 Juneteenth Festival in Jackie Robinson Park.