ARTScorpsLA’s 20 YEAR ANNIVERARY
Linking a Healthy Humanity to a Healthy Environment & Teaching Life skills through the Arts
20 Years after the LA riots, which inspired the creation of La Tierra de la Culebra, a community youth artpark in Highland Park; the creative juices are still flowing through the site and readying for the next 20 years.
Founded by Tricia Ward in response to the 1992 L.A. riots, ARTScorpsLA/ACLA …. Art… Community…Land…Activism is a long lived community-based collective that is built on the belief that every person is a freely creative individual deserving a safe, healthy community in which to express themselves. ACLA is committed to working with youth and families in under served Los Angeles neighborhoods to transform unused urban land into dynamic neighborhood Art Parks.
In 1994, we stewarded Frances Avenue Gardens until 1999, in 1996- 2006 we established our ChinaTown Studios. Our longest lived sites include the seminal La Tierra de la Culebra ArtPark, created in1992, is a one acre, stone-terraced oasis in NE Los Angeles, and in 1996 Spiraling Orchard, just west of downtown, both of which serve the surrounding neighborhoods with seasonal and cultural celebrations, educational workshops, and on-the-ground community advocacy. Energizing participants with effectiveness for collective vision, awareness, support and political engagement.
We have been readying for years to construct the fully designed sustainable Spiraling Orchard Pavilion a community center for the next generation. Breaking ground seems to be nearing; this is cause for great celebration!!!!!!!!
These pioneering efforts to creatively fuse the worlds of art, open space, policy and programmatic social-services have been inspirational to many and continues to build a new consciousness about art, park and community and the economic engine it can provide. Furthering the modality of Life as Artform & Art as Lifeform……
ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Emerging Producers are proud to announce that its second annual Beat the Drum Festival will be held on Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater. It will be ACLA’s grandest outdoor presentation ever hosted!!
Staged for the first time last year at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Beat the Drum fuses East and West world and urban styles to capture the rhythms of L.A’s diverse culture under the single banner of the Human Heart Beat.