September 2016

Painting at the Mar Vista Art Walk on September 1, 2016
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Welcome to the September 2016 edition of Street Talk, the Great Streets Initiative's monthly newsletter! Here, we'll update you on the work happening in our studio and out on the streets. If you're reading this and need more great news in your life, check out our new website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or double-tap us on Instagram.

  • August Recap
  • Reminders: Upcoming Grant and Partnership Opportunities
  • Lankershim Boulevard Outreach Kicks Off
  • Great Streets Great Business
See you on the street!

-The Great Streets team

August Recap

LA Great Streets supports events that are located in each council district. In August and early September we attended Mar Vista's Art Walk and to the Make it on Pico event.
Top row: Open Mic at Mar Vista Art Walk (left), Mural display at Mar Vista Art Walk (right)
Bottom row: Make it on Pico booth (left), Make it on Pico flyer (right)

Mar Vista Art Walk

On September 1, Mar Vista's quarterly Art Walk turned out hundreds of Angelenos to the Venice Blvd Great Street. Attendees enjoyed eating at the local restaurants, listening to the live bands, watching performers, and checking out murals. With over 500 people estimated in attendance, the Mar Vista Art Walk continues to grow!

Make it on Pico

On the third Thursday of August, Pico Blvd. hosted a free, all ages arts and crafts workshop to bring attention and build excitement for positive change along Pico. The community-organized Pico Great Streets Collaborative wants to know your priorities for Pico. You can weigh in by filling out this survey.

These programs are funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Activation Fund. Want to fund your Great Street art project? Applications for funding are open now!

Upcoming Grant and Partnership Opportunities

2016 Great Streets Challenge

Applications open September 20, 2016 at 9 a.m.
The City of Los Angeles challenges you to turn your vision for Los Angeles streets into reality! And this year, we're opening it up to any street in Los Angeles!

From September 20 to November 18 you can apply to partner with the City on a Great Streets Challenge project. This year, applicants can apply to partner on one of two types of projects: a "Pop-up Project" to test a new idea for your street; or a "Build Project" to permanently install changes to your local street. Selected partners will:
  • Receive up to $13,000 for project outreach
  • Receive assistance from technical consultant
  • Partner with the City on project development, design, and installation
If you have an idea and wish to apply please sign up on our website to get more updates. 

LA 2050 Grant Challenge 

Applications open now
On September 6 our friends at LA2050 launched their latest Grants Challenge to support projects that improve LA as a place to learn, create, play, connect, and live. The application is live on their website. Winners will be granted up to $100,000. If you would like to nominate someone or an organization, you can do so by clicking here

Kicking Off a Conversation with NoHo about Lankershim Blvd

This fall Great Streets and the Office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian are starting conversations with North Hollywood community members about how we can enhance Lankershim Boulevard's economic vitality, safety and quality of life. See below for upcoming events where you can talk to Great Streets staff about your priorities.

First up: meet us at the NoHo Artwalk TONIGHT from 6 to 9 p.m. on Lankershim between Chandler and Magnolia.

Small Business Spotlight: 
Folliero's Pizza and Italian Food

Mayor Eric Garcetti launched Great Streets Great Business on August 26 to provide access to capital and technical assistance to all small businesses located along the first 15 corridors. After the event, we chatted with Teresa Folliero about her family's restaurant, Folliero's Pizza and Italian Food, a Highland Park mainstay on North Figueroa St.

Q: What inspired your family to open an Italian restaurant?
A: Antonio and Marta Folliero started Folliero's Pizza and Italian Food because they were inspired by their family backgrounds. Both had fathers who were artisan bakers in Italy and both came from families who were passionate about cooking and eating well. Once they immigrated from Italy to Canada, married then moved to California, they set out to open a restaurant and continue with the tradition of cooking great authentic food and serving it for others to enjoy. 

Q: What are some dishes that are still on the menu today since Folliero's opening day back in 1968?
A: Most of the dishes from 1968 are still part of today's menu. But to name a few as well as being the favorites are the pizzas, lasagna, eggplant dishes and sandwiches, and the pastas served with the original house sauce. 

Q: What do you like best about being on North Figueroa and being a part of the Highland Park community?
We like how North Figueroa is so electric, charming, and diverse. Anybody can walk this unique and special street and feel welcomed and quite pleased.  

Q: North Figueroa is one of LA's first 15 Greats Streets. What is your hope and vision for the future of North Figueroa Street and the neighborhood?
Our hope and vision for North Figueroa Street is that it will continue to flourish and yet keep its originality. Along with that, it is our hope that the community will continue on its path of being supportive and respectful of one another.  

Q: What is your vision for Folliero's 20 years from now?
We strongly feel that Folliero's Pizza will see another twenty years (at least). Luckily, the next generation in our family has a special love for this place and will want to keep it alive. With that being said, it stays in the family and though change is good and necessary, I am quite sure that most of the menu items will still be the ones from 1968.  
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