Broadway Arts Center
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded a planning grant in the amount of $100,000 to a public/private working group partnership in order to develop planning studies for creating a creative mixed-use facility – the “Broadway Arts Center” – along historic Broadway. Project partners, led by the City's Department of Cultural Affairs, include Bringing Back Broadway, CRA/LA, ArtSpace, The Actor's Fund and Cal-Arts.
The conceptual project would offer multi-disciplinary support for artists and arts service providers in Downtown Los Angeles, including parking and loading for theatres, affordable artists’ housing, incubator performance/exhibition space, ground floor retail spaces, creative office space, an educational facility, and support for cultural and theatrical endeavors along the Broadway corridor. Broadway is one of the most important streets in our city – with generations of creative and commercial history, but it needs support so that it can be vital and thrive for generations to come. This grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will allow a world-class team of creative and cultural leaders to develop out-of-the-box ideas for using the arts as a catalyst for revitalization. The vision is to mix artist housing, arts education, and commercial uses to support the creative industries, which are the lifeblood of Broadway’s past, present and future.
Components of grant activity will include planning studies, resource development, and public meetings with stakeholders which kicked off in early 2011. The goal is to develop a conceptual project which can be implemented on Broadway to serve approximately 5,000 artists and 200 Cal-Arts students per year, and which can be used as a model for implementation elsewhere.