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Letter from the President
Fall 2016

Dear Friend of the Arts District,

For more than a decade the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space (LADAD Space) has demonstrated what can happen when we come together to support the arts in our community.  We have awarded grants for emerging artists, featured brilliant works by local artists in our District Gallery and supported ground-breaking theater in non-traditional spaces. Now we are extremely pleased that after years of hoping and planning, our dream of building the Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA) is at hand. 

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The One Santa Fe project erected along the east side of Santa Fe Avenue between First and Fourth Streets, has offered the Arts District shell space to be used as the Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA) the centerpiece of an arts complex that will include low-cost artists’ housing and an exhibition space atop SCI-Arc.

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•  A theater/screening room, art gallery and community meeting space for the Arts District community and surrounding communities.

•   A performance home for resident theater companies and a venue for panels, lectures, film screenings, reading series, and teaching workshops.

•   A cultural institution in the heart of the Arts District accessible by foot, bike, car and metro and that will invite cultural tourism from greater Los Angeles and beyond.

Over the next year, we will develop ways for people to get involved in the developing of the ADCA.  We will do it through Arts Commons Events, informal conversations and planning workshops here in the Arts District.  We will do it by listening to your ideas to create an artistic home that we can all belong to and be proud of.

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If you’ve ever been inspired or surprised by our work, if you have ever been delighted by seeing the works of a featured artist in our gallery or been moved by the performances of local actors and playwrights we have brought to life, then you know that first-rate arts activities are possible through community collaboration.

In the past, we have funded our activities by soliciting donations from production companies that film in the community and through a few grants — but that will not be enough to build out the ADCA.  For that, we need your help: If you would like to help us realize our dream of an Arts District Center for the Arts, please make a contribution today.

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As the One Santa Fe Development impacts and changes the Arts District, artists must remain integral to the community.

Your contribution ensures that the ADCA supports the evolution and livelihood of local artists as part of a healthy arts ecology.   Join us in our mission to build our artistic home and to preserve and sustain our community.  Please support the opening of the Arts District Center for the Arts with your contribution.  We need your help today.

Thank you,

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Timothy Keating, Board President

Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space

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