WeHo Arts: The Plan

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Having recently marked its 30th anniversary of cityhood, the City of West Hollywood and its Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) are looking to the future by undertaking a community-based cultural planning process – WeHo Arts: The Plan.

 The Plan’s goals are to:

  • Celebrate the City's distinctive artistic and cultural identities.
  • Identify and commemorate West Hollywood's support and advancement of the arts.
  • Articulate a shared vision for the future: securing the position of the arts and culture at the heart of our creative city.

From April 2016 into early 2017, ACAC Commissioners, Arts Division staff and interns, The Plan’s Consultant and Social Practice Artists will be popping up at events, hosting small group discussions and larger conversations, and leading activities throughout the city to learn your visions for the future of WeHo Arts and our creative city – big dreams, small tweaks, and everything in between.

On August 21, 2017, the West Hollywood City Council approved WeHo Arts: The Plan. The Plan will guide the undertakings of ACAC and the City’s Arts Division for the next five to ten years.

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Events
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WHERE WE’VE BEEN

2017

January 28  Art to Us Workshop 1

February 4  Art to Us Workshop 2

February 11  Art to Us Workshop 3

March 5  Art to Us Event @ Kings Road Park

June 3  Arts & Culture Pop-up @ One City One Pride Day of History, West Hollywood Library & Auto Court

June 5  Arts & Culture Pop-up @ City Council Meeting, Council Chambers

June 12  Living Room Session / Feedback on The Draft @ Council Chambers, 7pm – 8:30pm

June 21  Living Room Session / Feedback on The Draft @ Coast Playhouse, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

June 25  Living Room Session / Feedback on The Draft @ Kings Road Park, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

June 26  Living Room Session / Feedback on The Draft, Plummer Park Community Center 7:00pm-8:30pm, this session was facilitated in both English and Russian.

June 27  Living Room Session / Feedback on The Draft @ Plummer Park Community Center, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

August 21  City Council Meeting @ City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.

November 4 The Plan Launch Party @ Plummer Park, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

 

2016

April 16  Arts & Culture Pop-up @ West Hollywood Kids’ Fair, West Hollywood Park Auditorium

May 15  Arts & Culture Pop-up @ Russian Arts & Culture Festival, Plummer Park

June 4  Arts & Culture Pop-up @ One City One Pride Arts Interventions, West Hollywood Park

July 18  Arts & Culture Pop-up @ Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market

July 20 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ CSW/LA Pride Community Forum, West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 6:00pm

August 2 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ National Night Out, Various locations in the City, 5:00pm

August 6 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ Santa Monica and Robertson (NW Corner), 9:00am

August 14 Living Room Session – Focus on Public Art, Plummer Park (under And The Tree Was Happy), 10:00am

August 21 Living Room Session – General Conversation on the Arts, William S. Hart Park, 9:30am

August 28 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ Puppet Theater on Wheels, Plummer Park Community Center, 10:30am

September 17 Living Room Session – General Conversation on the Arts, Scrumptious Café Bakery, 2:00pm

September 18 Arts and Culture Pop-up @ Engage-A-Lot: West Hollywood's Eastside Neighborhood Festival, corner of Spaulding and Santa Monica, 11:00am - 3:00pm

September 21 Living Room Session with the West Hollywood Teen Center, Plummer Park

September 26 Living Room Session – Focus on Creative Businesses + Professionals, Woven Accents (8674 Melrose Avenue), 5:00pm - 6:30pm

October 1 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ Celebrating 5 Years of the West Hollywood Library, West Hollywood Library, 625 North San Vicente Boulevard, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

October 24 Living Room Session – Focus on Writers + the Literary Community, Community Meeting Room, West Hollywood Library (625 N. San Vicente Boulevard), 7:00pm - 8:30pm

October 26 Living Room Session – Focus on LGBTQ Art + Artists, Long Hall, Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard), 7:30pm - 9:00pm

November 12 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ N Robertson Blvd and Beverly Blvd, Corner of Roberston and Beverly, 10:30am - 12:30pm

November 13 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ Route 66 Event, Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

November 16 Living Room Session – Focus on the Russian-speaking Community, Plummer Park Community Center - Room 3 (7377 Santa Monica Blvd), 7:00pm - 8:30pm, This session was facilitated in both English and Russian.

November 18 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ Santa Monica and N San Vicente, 10:30pm - 12:00am

November 19 Arts & Culture Pop-up @ Santa Monica and N La Peer Drive, 10:30pm - 12:00am

December 14 Living Room Session – Focus on Visual Arts, Los Angeles Art Association, Gallery 825, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

 

 

EVENT TYPES

Arts & Culture Pop-up

Informal chats with Arts Division Staff and Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioners at events and locations around West Hollywood. These “pop-ups” are opportunities to learn quickly about the breadth of WeHo Arts’ programming, take a short cultural plan survey, and get to know the folks behind WeHo Arts.

Living Room Sessions

These casual and conversation-driven sessions are designed to find out community members’ most elaborate, imaginative, and visionary ideas for our city’s arts future. They are opportunities to share an idea with your fellow community members and members of WeHo Arts, and work through just how WeHo Arts can take your idea and make it a reality.

Some Living Room Sessions will have a specific focus. For example, the August 14 session at Plummer Park focused on public art. The conversation took place near Tim Murdoch’s sculpture And The Tree Was Happy, part of WeHo Arts’ Can You Dig It exhibition.

 

INTERACTIONS

Commissioner “Office Hours”

During 2016, Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioners supported The Plan by doing “Office Hours” at WeHo Arts events – asking questions of, having conversations with, and connecting to event-goers and members of the broader West Hollywood public.

 Art to Us

Art to Us is a part of The Plan’s efforts to reach new populations and learn from these individuals through arts-based contributions.

Preceding the implementation of Art to Us, WeHo Arts reviewed and selected qualifications of social practice artists from across Los Angeles before deciding on the artists Alyse Emdur and Rosten Woo. Emdur and Woo worked closely with WeHo Arts and community groups during 2016 to design and experiment with the project.  Finalizing a format, Art to Us was designed as a series of workshops that could result in a new approach to making civic art.  Emdur + Woo worked closely with students from the West Hollywood Community Day School and residents from the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.

Art to Us culminates in a one-day immersive art installation in Kings Road Park on March 5, 2017. The project lives on in the form of audio recordings between workshop participants and a booklet documenting excerpts of the interviews and images of the works they created.

Art to Us Goals:

  • Bring diverse West Hollywood groups together to work creatively on a shared project.
  • Allow the project to cumulatively and organically unfold via engagements with groups.
  • Provide a structure that gives participants creative autonomy but with a group purpose.
  • Provide a structure for the community to work together on an artwork and spend creative time with other people.
  • Engage community in switching the paradigm from being consumers to being an active group of cultural producers.

Curious about what else WeHo Arts is up to? Learn more

Questions about The Plan? Contact Andrew Campbell, Arts Administrator, acampbell@weho.org

Whos-Involved

 

Background-Documents

August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
August 21, 9:30am, William S. Hart Park:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture
  
August 28, 10:30am, Plummer Park Community Center:
Arts & Culture Pop-up at Puppet Theater on Wheels
September 17, 2:00pm,  Scrumptious Café Bakery, 1111 N Hayworth Ave:
Living Room Session - Arts and Culture

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