August 2016

Make It on Pico brought art and smiles to the Pico Great Street.
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Welcome to the August 2016 edition of Street Talk, the Great Streets Initiative's monthly newsletter! We will keep you up-to-date on the work we are doing in the studio and on the streets of LA. 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.

  • Western Ave Murals Are Live!
  • Councilmember Corner: David Ryu
  • Save the Dates
See you on the street!

-The Great Streets team

Western Ave Murals Are Live!

After a month of diligent work by local artists and volunteers, a total of nine blank walls and utility boxes have been transformed into fine art pieces. Check out the completed murals below. When you get a chance, head to the intersection of Melrose and Western, where you'll find three of the murals at one corner for a transformative art experience.
Top Row (from left): Home Lighting Crystal Gallery mural by Artist John Park, progress and completed 
Bottom (from left): Saf Keep Storage mural by artist Hans Haveron, Melrose Home Furniture mural by artist Gino

Councilmember Corner: David Ryu

Councilmember David Ryu kicks off Beautify Western with 200 volunteers
Councilmember David Ryu made history as the first Korean American to be elected to the Los Angeles City Council. Having taken office on July 1, 2015, Ryu represents Council District 4 as a strong advocate of public health and a believer in positive change for his community. Last month, Councilmember Ryu helped Great Streets kick off Beautify Western Ave with a mural painting and neighborhood cleanup that drew over 200 volunteers. Before taking office, Ryu was the Director of Development and Public Affairs for Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center. He studied at UCLA, Rutgers and USC. 

Q. What are three things that make a street great to you?

A. Great streets comprise of many parts -- its relationship to the community, characteristics of its small businesses, and culture of its neighborhood. Great streets are also rich in culture, accessible and safe to its users (i.e. pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists).

Q. How would you spend a day on your district’s Great Street, Western Ave?

A. Western Avenue is a vibrant and diverse street with many minority-owned small businesses. I used to live down the street and really enjoyed grabbing coffee at Tom n Toms. Paris Baguette was my go-to place for pastries and cakes (this is where I would purchase birthday cakes for staff).

Q. CicLAvia took place in your district on August 14. What were your highlights?

A. CicLAvia was a great event that promoted good health and most importantly, encouraged community members to interact with their built environment. Too often, Angelenos are focused on going from point A to point B (mainly in our cars) without stopping to observe our surroundings. This was an opportunity for many people to slow down and appreciate the small businesses and character of our district, and show off the best of Council District 4.

Q. What Great Streets-related improvements on Western Ave are you most proud of?

A. I’m proud of all of the work and creativity that went into the new murals on Western Ave, such as the murals located at Melrose Home Furnishings, Jugsoodol Mattress, and GNC among many others. These murals will add energy to the blighted walls, instill community pride, and may potentially attract new business for the street. I am also proud of the improvements and street cleanups done for pedestrian safety.

Save the Dates!


NoHo Arts District Activates NoHo Plaza

Every Thursday through the end of August, the NoHo Arts District is hosting events in NoHo Plaza, ranging from live performances, to theater art shows, and stand-up comedy. There are only two events left for this summer, and they're free and open to all! This Thursday, Aug. 18, features Australian soul singer Magenta Harley. And to close out the series on Aug. 25, the Plaza will host a live screening of “Grease!” the musical. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from the movie. Click here for more info.


Mar Vista Art Walk

Thursday, Sept. 1, Green Communications Initiative and partners will continue to bring its Art Walk to Mar Vista, featuring extended hours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join Mar Vista artists, residents, and business owners as they walk the streets of Venice between Inglewood Blvd. and Beethoven St. It will be a great time to spend with family, friends, and loved ones before the summer is over. You can be an artist yourself for the evening or admire others. The event is free and open to all. Click here for more info.

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!

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