LA River Plan Art Talk
Last month, my office and I partnered with the City of South Gate to host a webinar about arts and culture projects in the LA River Master Plan. My greatest hope for this plan is that the river becomes an asset to our communities. During the webinar, we heard from community art leaders -- Danaly Perez with the Latinas Art Foundation, and Dakota McMahand, Founder of Budding Artists -- as well as LA County staff.
This is the first time the LA River Master Plan will be revised over 20 years, and it will lay the groundwork for the next 25 years of investment in the river. During the webinar, Dakota of Budding Artists pointed out, “We [in SELA] have no large major museums, art councils, and very limited funded public art.” One of the aspects of the LA River Master Plan that I’m most looking forward to is the SELA Cultural Center.
This Center will be located near the Confluence where the LA River and the Rio Hondo meet in South Gate. This multi-purpose facility will host a variety of events including, art programs, performances, community gatherings, cultural events, and much more. Danaly Perez with Latinas Arts Foundation shifted our conversation to the importance of cultural arts, “Cultural arts simultaneously provide a link to the past. It connects us and our identity,” said Perez.
When it comes to the future of the LA River Master Plan, I think Dakota said it best, “Our community is rich in talent and expertise. Our community is endowed with accomplished creatives and thought leaders.”
The LA River Master Plan will impact generations to come. Your voice and input are critical to making the arts and cultural goal of the LA River Master Plan successful and representative of SELA. You can submit a comment about the plan at https://www.larivermasterplan.org