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SELA Cultural Arts Center is a GAME changer!

Juan Juan · US
SELA Cultural Arts Center is a GAME changer!

 

The Southeast Los Angeles SELA Cultural Arts Center project could be a game-changer, where a Latino community can have a home base for arts, culture, education, and resources !

"Children, young people and their families in Southeast LA need a space to live and thrive. A one stop to resources, arts and culture,” says Juan Escobedo, the founder and director of The East LA Society of Film and Arts (TELASOFA). They provide arts, film classes and a mentorship programing through various initiatives. TELASOFA also produces the annual East LA Film Festival that started in 2008.

A proposal by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon seeks to build one of the best cultural arts center in Southeast LA, in the most unlikely area, but it is awaiting approval.

"This could be the beginning of change for our community. It can be the home base  to address so many issues our community is faced with but with arts and culture at its root. Arts heal ! And makes us think and inspire solutions within ourselves or as a group or community.   The importance is enormous; our children and young people can take art classes down the river, it's invaluable, it’s  addressing so many issues that need to be addressed. We have food insecurities, mental & physical challenges, what better way than to have a beautiful Frank Gehry SELA Cultural Arts Center to address these issues. Similar  to the way our grandparents or parents did, by traveling through rain, mountains and yes, the river to seek  art and education,“ adds Escobedo.

The petition, initiated by Escobedo and a community group, would mark the commencement of an art center that integrates education, art, and addresses the lack of interest from municipal and state governments.

"This petition seeks to reclaim the value of the Southeast Los Angeles and beyond. Many people may think that to travel outside our community for many youth can be easy when wanting to go visit a museum on the westside or DTLA - going outside of East LA.  But it's not, it can be difficult for some to travel to a side of town that it’s unfamiliar. We need to have a space for recreation and education that can be a home base. The funds are allocated and we need to make sure they go to SELA’s Cultural Art Center, he added.

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry has designed the SELA Cultural Arts Center, and this would be the first time in history that a multi-arts facility with world-class architectural design could be built in SELA.

"We also need to ensure we have a financial strategic plan to secure the future of SELA Culture Arts Center for years to come " says Escobedo.

 

sela cultural arts center

SELA Cultural Center, the next great mecca for the arts in Southeast Los Angeles

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"It is time to have a Cultural Center worthy of Latinos"

The Latino community in California has been neglected for a long time. Representation in Hollywood and in major cultural spaces has been minimal. The approval and allocation for the SELA Cultural Center is a necessity to vindicate the contribution of Latino artists and an opportunity to dignify our community. We need a first-class space. We need your support in the execution of this project.

The vision of this project is to create a world-class, state-of-the-art cultural center and arts facility in the heart of Southeast Los Angeles, designed to showcase the region's cultural creativity and provide exceptional, globally-renowned arts programming. The SELA Cultural Center will provide untold opportunities to expand arts access, create workforce development, and provide outstanding educational opportunities for the people of Southeast LA, the city and county of Los Angeles, and the world beyond.

Our children and youth will benefit from classes, teachers, and artists who will be exemplary figures in our community. Let's demand the funds and support the proposal of Assemblyman Anthony Rendon. We, in the Southeast, deserve it; we are no less than the rest of the areas on the west side.

"Juan Escobedo"

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Started this petition 3 months ago

89 Comments

Mata
Mata

The community needs this.

León
León

The SELA Cultural Center has the ability to enhance our community by enriching public health and environmental benefits, providing community-based arts and cultural activities which fosters creative learning, self-expression, and discovery of different cultures.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I am signing this because I am a Latino SELA filmmaker!!

Salinas
Salinas

I can

Contreras
Contreras

I am signing because this community needs more resources

Cardona
Cardona

I am signing because I believe that this arts complex in SELA is not only a good idea but essential for the historical trauma incurred by the generational stake holders living in this region. Undercut and underfunded far too long. It can bring so much to the families of the region and create a economic force that would generate positive outcomes and help citizens and their families thrive.

Carrera
Carrera

This is long overdue for the communities of South East LA…

Anonymous
Anonymous

The the SELA art center is an experience everyone should have access to. After my first visit there all I could think about was going again.

Nicholson
Nicholson

SELA must have these opportunities. Wonderful local art!

Maleski
Maleski

I am signing because I believe in the work and the approach of Tetris and the existing SELA Art Center. I believe Tetris and SELA should run this new center.

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