Embrace and enhance opportunities for arts and culture.
The LA River has long been at the cultural and historical heart of Los Angeles. From its first Indigenous Peoples to the many neighborhoods it runs through, engages, and enhances today, the river has always been a valued community resource.LA County has the opportunity to advance culture, arts, creativity, and community pride throughout the county and to inspire by recognizing, fostering, and preserving the rich tangible and lived cultural heritage along the LA River corridor. The river presents an opportunity to recognize and incubate new ideas and talent among the next generation of cultural practitioners, offering new cultural opportunities, experiences, and spaces where the arts can flourish and be shared. Interventions that are permanent or temporary, or reflect socially based practices of art, design, and gathering are all waiting to be realized. As a notorious local cultural resource with global influence and stature, the LA River corridor can be a major destination that draws residents and tourists alike, that promotes the equitable inclusion of LA County’s diverse people, and that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of the local communities through which it flows.
Steps that should be taken to achieve the goal
LA River Arts and Culture Need
Needs: Arts and Culture
Communities should have arts and cultural facilities proportional to their population size.
Sites with Very High Need for Arts and Culture
Waterfront Seattle Art Plan, Seattle, WA
The Waterfront Seattle Art Plan was created as part of the Concept Design and Framework plan for Seattle’s Central Waterfront. This masterplan was developed, in conjunction with artists, to transform the industrial Central Seattle waterfront into a dynamic pubic space with art at the forefront. The plan is an advocates for the oversight and funding of public art along the waterfront.
- Plan advocates for a dynamic framework for funding, oversight, and implementation of public art
- Plan identifies unique opportunities along “continuous elements”of waterfront like promenades and tide lines as well as nodes that connect the site to existing urban grid
- The process involved artists early on for successful identification of locations and strategies for public art as well as implementation