LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN ARTS DISTRICT SPACE

aka LADADSpace   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.ladadspace.org
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Mission

OUR MISSION

The Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space (LADADSpace) is a 501(c)3 arts non-profit dedicated to the creation and management of the Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA); to providing resources for established and emerging talent and to preserving and promoting the Arts District as a true creative community.

OUR WORK

LADADSpace creates programs that nurture the artistic community by providing resources and opportunities for emerging artists to reach an audience. Our programs include ACME (All City Mural Endeavor) that creates murals in downtown Los Angeles, the At-Risk Youth Arts Project, that puts juvenile first-time offenders through an arts boot camp intended to open doors for a brighter future for them, Padua Playwrights Workshop; an interactive playwriting workshop for the stage, and Escape LA!; an artists' exchange program that sends emerging LA artists abroad and hosts visiting artists. For ten years, LADADSpace has advocated for affordable artist housing and public art deregulation. The Arts District is one of the most filmed locations in the world and LADADSpace facilitates the relationship between production companies, city officials and residents, ensuring the community remains a renewable resource for filming. LADADspace's District Gallery promotes contemporary LA artists. We host a series of community planning charettes, Uncommon Ground, that explore strategies for community development, encourage preservation of century-old industrial structures, promote green space and parks and creates guidelines for local development in an era of intense growth.

OUR VISION

LADADSpace is currently building the Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA) featuring a gallery, screening room and theater workshop space as a part of the new One Santa Fe Development Project. The One Santa Fe project includes affordable artist housing we helped develop. The Arts District community arts non-profits will have access to the facilities to reach a broad audience with exhibitions, installations, performances, workshops, and cross-genre collaborative projects that challenge the traditional boundaries of the plastic and presentational arts.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are an organization committed to transparency. If you are interested in reading our ADCA business plan, organization strategic plan, or our Uncommon Ground community planning documents, please let us know by contacting us (http://ladadspace.org/contact/) we would be happy to share!

Ruling year info

2004

Board President

Mr. Timothy B. Keating

Board Secretary

Mr. Jonathan Jerald

Main address

215 S Santa Fe Ave, Suite 8

Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

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EIN

47-0939543

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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All City Mural Endeavor (ACME)

The All-City Mural Endeavor offers mural permit services; pairs property owners with artists; arranges to cover the physical costs of murals; hosts community reviews for proposed murals; encourages artists from around the region and around the world to create new art for urban LA walls and matches at-risk youth as muralist’s apprentices. ACME is working with Council District 14 and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) to ensure that murals are officially registered with the city and that all municipal requirements are met. The DCA is the agency responsible for permitting of all art projects on outdoor walls of the city. Once the work is registered, the city will graffiti coat, maintain, clean, and care for the work created so that it can be enjoyed by the public for years to come.

The purpose of ACME is to encourage more and better quality murals throughout downtown Los Angeles, make them easy to permit and affordable to do and encourages community engagement in developing and approving new murals in neighborhoods throughout L.A.. Our current goal is to complete at least a dozen murals by the end of the year. ACME also assigns at-risk youth from our At-Risk Youth Arts Program as apprentices to muralists – hopefully opening doors for troubled youth that reveal a more hopeful future. ACME also maintains murals and removes graffiti and tags.

Population(s) Served

The Affordable Housing Partnership for Artists seeks to provide people in arts and entertainment professions with the information and tools they need to access affordable housing, allowing them a stable platform from which to thrive and participate actively in their community. Affordable housing opportunities become available through government programs at the national, state and local levels, but the systems for obtaining this affordable housing can be difficult to understand and navigate. The Partnership engages in education and outreach related to immediate affordable housing opportunities in LA’s Arts District and Downtown, creating a replicable strategy for other LA neighborhoods and beyond.

Population(s) Served

We collaborate with such community organizations as the Los Angeles River and Business Association (LARABA,) and the Historical Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC) to sponsor Uncommon Ground; a series of community planning workshops. Since 2005 Uncommon Ground has brought together Arts District stakeholders; property owners, developers, residents, arts organizations, local business owners, and employees to develop strategies for future development that encourage the preservation of the century-old industrial structures in the community, develop public green space and parks and create guidelines for new development.

Population(s) Served

Continuing a tradition of writing for the stage that traveled to Southern California with Sam Shepard, Murray Mednick and Maria Irene Fornes of the Padua Hills Playwrights Workshop in the late 1970s, the Padua workshop is geared towards the cultivation of each writer’s distinctive poetic voice shaped to meet the unique demands of the stage. Run like a painting studio in which work is generated during weekly sessions (rather than written elsewhere), the workshop has a long history of refining some of the region’s most distinctive voices, including John Steppling, Kelly Stuart, Marlane Meyers, Sharon Yablon, Guy Zimmerman and Wesley Walker.

Population(s) Served

The mission of the Arts District Center for the Arts is to provide opportunities for LA-based artists, playwrights and filmmakers to present cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary theater, dance, art and film, drawing particularly on existing but disparate downtown arts non-profits, including Padua Playwrights, Self-Help Graphics and Cornerstone Theater and encouraging artists from these groups to challenge the boundaries of their genres. The gallery, theater and screening room will feature workshop performances by Padua Playwrights and other resident theater companies in the theater, a survey of the work of emerging LA urban artists in the gallery and experimental video by recent graduates of Cal Arts, UCLA and USC in 2016. Another installation currently planned is Otherworld: Augmented and Virtual Realities: for which artists will explore emerging technologies to create works in augmented reality (programming for smart devices through which the real world -- augmented by artists’ imaginations – can be perceived) and virtual reality (virtual environments created by artists experienced with VR gear). This installation would also include works exploring AR or VR subject matter by playwrights from the Padua Playwrights workshop and experimental film and video inspired by AR and VR. Artists working in plastic media would also create works inspired by AR and VR (for example, the artist Zenka, who creates site-specific AR installations that run on her ap (Aurasma) also creates raku sculptures depicting human heads wearing VR gear that look oddly dated).
The two principal audience experiences of this installation will be viewing the streets and structures in the surrounding area with smart devices to discover the works of AR artists (giant gorillas climbing City Hall?) and donning VR gear to experience the fabricated environments of VR artists.

Population(s) Served

LADADSpace and the LA County District Attorney's office have partnered to offer an arts program for at-risk youth. It includes supervision by an art instructor who assesses skill levels and assigns tasks designed to sharpen artistic ability, trips to major art institutions such as the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), an internship with a professional artist and assignments that produce work included in a portfolio and shown in an LA County Courthouse exhibition. The program is a minimum of 60 hours over 90 days and once completed, individuals have their record expunged. We have just completed our pilot program with one student and the goal is to ultimately expand the at-risk youth apprentice program to six apprentices per quarter.

Population(s) Served

In the spirit of novelty enriching creativity, Escape LA! is an exchange program that plucks artists out of their familiar, comfortable surroundings and inserts them into environments abroad. Our pilot exchange program has sent emerging Angeleno artist Brooke Harker to Italy to study and paint for a solo exhibition from August 24 - September 6, 2015, at the Villa Comunale di Frosinone in a suburb of Rome as part of the Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts.

Population(s) Served

LADADSpace provides several services to production companies and filmmakers shooting in the Arts District. Services include but not limited to;
- insuring that streets where the city has granted parking restrictions are free of vehicles
- Supplying contact information for local businesses
- Providing valuable leads and follow up in making contact for filming locations; including restaurants, lofts and industrial spaces in the District.

Location productions interested in shooting in the Arts District are asked to make a tax-deductible donation of $750.00 (per shooting day) to 501C(3) LADADSpace in exchange for LADADSpace's assistance. The proceeds are shared with the Los Angeles River and Business Association (LARABA) and go towards building the new non-profit Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA).

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Certificates of Appreciation 2010

City of Los Angeles

Goals & Strategy

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Short Term Goals

• To expand organizational capacity by hiring a full time staff and increasing the LADADSpace budget.
* To complete build out and open the new Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA)
* To increase the number of kids in our at-risk youth program
* To implement our strategic plan; addressing our growth and expansion, organizational policies and systems, and outreach to underrepresented communities
* To continue supporting emerging and established artists and the development of their work and sustain our program support
* To continue operating as the community liaison, facilitating film making in the Los Angeles Arts District
* To creating and facilitating new mural projects

The LADADSpace Board meets a minimum of six times per year to discuss programming and long term planning. Our business plan for the ADCA is circulating in the business community and grant proposals are pending among foundations interested in supporting the organization and the Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA). As we are planning a major move and a huge growth spurt in capacity and impact in the next two years, we have just entered our second year in an intense strategic planning process. Given that we do not have a staff at this time, input on this process is limited to that of consultants and board members.

LADADSpace believes that community strength and viability is built through successful collaborative relationships between business owners, developers, organization leaders, community residents, and local artists. As an effective organization, we believe we are only as strong as our weakest link. Our community partners are integral to our success in affecting positive change. As part of our current strategic planning process we have created board expansion goals to be tracked over a period of 5 years to learn how we might better serve underrepresented communities in bordering neighborhoods. We are working directly with the Los Angeles City Council Member for Council District 14, Jose Huizar, and his staff, as well as local civic groups and our community partners to develop programming that achieves our broad goal and that is consistent with local values and needs.

- Leadership Skills (Guy Zimmerman; award winning writer and director of Padua Theater, Jonathan Jerald; District Gallery Director, writer, producer, and critic whose credits include Vanity Fair, and California Magazine, and various European based publications. He has written extensively about Los Angeles, artists, and the LA Arts scene, Tim Keating created and ran a pioneering arts non-profit in Hartford and Diana Wyenn is a theater professional and a full time marketing executive at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA,) As a group our Board has deep roots in the Arts District community stretching back almost 40 years. Our Board members have served on local community organizations and served on the neighborhood council.

LADADSpace has:
- Experience creating arts festivals with upwards of 10,000 participants
- Experience facilitating the creation of public art
- Experience producing ground-breaking, experimental theater in non-traditional venues including the word debut of playwright Murray Mednick's :Clown Show for Bruno"
- Experience working with location managers to mitigate the impact of filming as part of our strategy to preserve the neighborhood as renewable resource for filmmakers.
- Experience bringing together community partners for community planning
- Experience advocating for arts district development and meeting community needs
- A track record of supporting local emerging artists and established artists within the Arts District and beyond

Since 2004, LADADSpace has offered mini-grants to local arts organizations and individual artists whose theater productions, art exhibits, projects and workshops enrich the local and regional arts community. For over ten years LADADSpace has advocated for affordable artist housing and public art deregulation and has steered community-planning projects. As the Arts District is one of the most filmed locations in the world, LADADSpace facilitates the relationship between the production companies, city officials, and community members ensuring that the Arts District remains a renewable resource for filming.
LADADSpace operates the District Gallery, promoting work by contemporary, urban LA artists. LADADSpace organizes and facilitates mural projects throughout the downtown community and has created a program for at-risk youth that puts youthful offenders referred by the LA County District Attorney through an arts boot-camp.The graduates have their records expunged. LADADSpace is building the Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA) that will include a gallery/exhibition space, a 99-seat theater/screening room, as part of the One Santa Fe Development Project. The Arts District Community will have access to the facilities to reach a broad audience with exhibitions, performances, workshops, and cross-genre collaborative projects that challenge the traditional boundaries of the plastic and presentational arts.
One of the biggest surprises we have encountered is the success of theater in non-traditional spaces. One of most successful productions was Padua Playwrights perfoming a series of playlets at various locations within vast two story loft. The audience wondered from kitchen to bedroom to bar, for short pieces of theater in each location. It was a critical and popular sucess that exceeded our expectations.
We have learned that no idea for a non-traditional production of art or theater is not doable. The more experimentation the better! We've learned that audiences like to be surprised that our greatest challenge is consistently creating novelty in our programming.
The opening at our District Gallery are occasions that not only promote the work of local artists but that brings together the community.
In late 2015 and early 2016, LADADSpace will open the Arts District Center for the Arts, featuring a screening room, gallery and theater workshop space and board members are currently engaged in developing programming and cultivating financial support.

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LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN ARTS DISTRICT SPACE

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. TImothy Keating

Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space

Term: Aug 2004 -

Jonathan Jerald Director

District Gallery

Diana Wyenn Marketing Manager

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Iva Hladis Artist

Independent Artist

Alex Schaefer Professor

Art Center College for Design

Guy Zimmerman Director

Padua Playwrights

Qathryn Brehm Director

Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk

Michael Brewer Producer, Director & Cinematographer

Anna Marie Piersimoni Instructor, Adjunct Faculty, New Directions in Electronic & Digital Media

CA State University, Northridge

Heather Flood Instructor

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes