Once again, it was an honor to take part in the annual Kingdom Day Parade—a celebration that pays tribute to an all-time hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’d like to leave you with some images from the event. To see all the pictures from the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade, please click here.
Today, the force is with South Los Angeles. After long-awaited anticipation, what began as a dream is now a reality. Yes, Exposition Park, already home to variety of world-class museums and iconic institutions like the California Science Center, California African American Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, is the future site of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
As the local representative of the area, I stand ready to fulfill the vision for the $1 billion cultural institution. To say this project will be a game-changer for South Los Angeles is an understatement. The Lucas Museum will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs, educational opportunities for families, college students, and educators, increased tourism and economic growth for South LA and the City as a whole.
The museum will benefit the entire community, helping to inspire the next generation of artists, makers and storytellers. Thank you, George Lucas for this blockbuster of a gift, and for giving the NEW 9th a real-life Hollywood story.
I am honored to have had the opportunity these past couple of months to meet with Lucas representatives to make our bid for this one-of-a-kind cultural institution, unlike anything my Council District or the world has ever seen.
I also want to express my gratitude to the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z)/Promise Zone partners, under the leadership of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College President Larry Frank. We couldn’t have achieved this historic success, without the full support of our dozens of SLATE-Z partners, President C.L. Max Nikias and the University of Southern California family, and Mayor Garcetti.
Los Angeles and San Francisco Locations Identified as Potential Sites
As George Lucas weighs his options between Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his Museum of Narrative Art, Councilman Curren Price said he is ready to fulfill the vision for the $1 billion cultural institution.
In September, Councilman Price introduced a resolution to support building the legendary filmmaker’s museum in Exposition Park. This Park is already home to a variety of museums and iconic institutions like the California Science Center, California African American Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. The proposed project would be a game-changer for South Los Angeles—leading to the creation of thousands of jobs, educational opportunities for families, college students and educators, increased tourism and economic growth for the City.
“There is no question in my mind that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art should be built at the heart of the greatest city in the world, right here in Expo Park,” Price said. “The Lucas facility would enhance an already thriving campus that includes world-class museums and educational centers embraced by Angelenos from diverse backgrounds and socio-economic status.
“Now is the time to make this dream a reality. Exposition Park is in the midst of a revival that includes a multi-million dollar modernization of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and construction of a new state-of-the-art soccer stadium—the future home of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).”
Los Angeles is one of two cities competing to bid for this one-of-a-kind cultural institution. The non-profit museum will focus on the visual arts that tells a story and includes pieces from Lucas’ personal collection across mediums, ranging from drawings and paintings to photography, film, animation and digital art.
The museum would be uniquely positioned to serve the neighborhood surrounding the Expo Park campus by offering impactful programming and educational opportunities to youth in the NEW 9th.
“We are reimagining the future of South LA,” Price said. “The museum will benefit our community and will inspire the next generation of artists, makers and storytellers. I’m excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Museum officials are expected to decide on a site for the museum in early 2017. The location in Exposition Park is near public transportation, with convenient freeway access and in close proximity to a number of K-12 public and charter schools, Mount Saint Mary’s University and the University of Southern California. It will be fully financed and endowed by George Lucas at no cost to taxpayers.
For more information, visit lucasmuseum.org.
What is the Lucas Museum of
The non-profit museum, which features a bold new architectural design, will be a one-of-a-kind gathering place to experience collections, films and exhibitions dedicated to the power of visual storytelling and the evolution of art and moving images. The museum will present original work by world renowned artists, cutting-edge digital technologies, and daily film screenings in multiple, state-of-the-art theaters, as well as extraordinary educational opportunities for students of all ages.
Lucas’ collection includes works by Norman Rockwell and R. Crumb, along with Hollywood memorabilia from his “Star Wars” films.