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.