Thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ULI Los Angeles is pleased to continue assisting our local partners in Pacoima in creating a healthier Van Nuys Boulevard, under the auspices of ULI’s national Healthy Corridors program.
Following on the Pacoima Health Zone, a demonstration project and health fair hosted last year, ULI LA and its member-experts are working with the City of LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs, environmental justice organization Pacoima Beautiful, and several other partners on the development of an Arts Incubator in the Pacoima neighborhood.
Pacoima has deep connections in the arts, having long supported local muralists and having created an outdoor museum along Van Nuys Blvd showcasing local talent. The development of an arts incubator is an incredible opportunity to leverage those connections to create a healthier community.
The site of the Arts Incubator is a 4,000-square foot storefront along Van Nuys Boulevard. As conceived, the incubator might encompass an artist-in-residency program, arts training and development workshops, artist-led arts programming for the public, exhibitions, and workforce and educational programming – all aimed at promoting self-expression, encouraging social connections, and fostering economic activity.
In late August, 2017, ULI LA hosted a national panel of experts in the arts, cultural planning and community engagement for a 1.5-day visioning and strategic planning Workshop to help create a successful and sustainable incubator. The recommendations of the Workshop participants are currently being reviewed by the project leaders, and will form the basis for ULI’s ongoing engagement in Pacoima over the months and years to come.
ULI Los Angeles thanks workshop panelists Jane Blumenfeld, Claudia Carol, Dr. Linda Essig, Joel Garcia, Kate Goodall, Camille Kashaka and David Plettner-Saunders for their invaluable insight, and ULI LA Advisory Board members Michael Banner and Melani Smith for their exceptional leadership as panel Co-Chairs.