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Public Input Asked for Broadway Arts Center

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, at 11:48PM
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The "Broadway Arts Center" would offer affordable artists' housing, performance and exhibition space, an educational facility and support for the street's historic theatres.

When the NEA awarded a $100,000 planning grant to the team behind the Broadway Arts Center this summer, the project was described in some ambitious terms: a mixed-use center for the arts offering affordable artists’ housing, incubator performance / exhibition space, ground floor retail spaces, creative office space, an educational facility, and support for existing historic theatres.

That's a lot of ideas to turn into one solid concept, and this Monday the Downtown community is invited to give their input on just what the Arts Center should contain. A public planning workshop that will be held from 6 - 8pm at the Los Angeles Theatre (615 S. Broadway) will feature opening remarks from some of the groups participating in the project, after which attendees will share their thoughts at stations set up in the lobby.

While the project might still be a long ways from getting built, it does have an impressive cast of partners. Listed on the workshop invitation are the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Actor's Fund, Artspace, Bringing Back Broadway, CRA/LA, Cal-Arts, and the Los Angeles Department of City Planning Urban Design Studio.

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