Avalon Carver Monthly Site Meeting

As part of our monthly collaboration with Avalon Carver, OACLA held a design charrette on Saturday November 3rd that focused on the rethinking the current layout of the Avalon Carver Community Center. We’re excited to keep everyone updated on the progress of the Avalon Carver design as the design gains clarity.

We developed three options, one of which will minimize demolition and lives within the current building footprint, another that dramatically alters the current layout but still resides within the existing footprint, and finally one that includes an addition to the building.

OACLA strives to explore multiple avenues of thought that attempt to address local community needs. In this meeting, we hunkered down on Saturday to engage designer volunteers, AYCC stakeholders, and user groups to carefully articulate what scope and program the Community Center can best afford to impact the community.

Venice Art Place - Community Input Meeting

As part of Metro’s joint development process to determine the use for an abandoned bus depot site in Venice, we participated in a great community design workshop last week! This was the first meeting of their community-based process to determine the new use for this site in the heart of Venice. OACLA has been assisting and representing artist community liaison Sandy Bleifer and a collective of artists by helping them to envision an artist colony.

 OACLA Director of Projects Dave Roselle speaking with the group about our involvement through this community-driven process.

OACLA Director of Projects Dave Roselle speaking with the group about our involvement through this community-driven process.

The workshop was an incredible way to hear directly from the residents on their hopes and concerns. We look forward to upcoming community meetings and development of their vision which will hopefully be included in the upcoming Request for Proposal for the site. To check out our initial work head over to VeniceArtPlace.com to see the visuals and read about the communities vision for the site. Thanks to volunteers Sean Gaffney and Andrei Rachko for their hard work on the design and website! Below are some great photos from our Communications Coordinator Bryant Leung.

September Happy Hour

It's that time again! We have had a busy summer with lots of exciting projects and activities, so please join us for our September Happy Hour and come find out what we've been up to all summer. Whether you already volunteer or just want to learn more, we'd love to see you, so please join us for some good food, drinks, and conversation!

Call for Volunteers - Venice Artist's Colony

Help us envision the new home for an eclectic artist community in a former MTA Bus Depot in the heart of Venice by providing an affordable housing master plan proposal and conceptual design for the Venice Art community. We will be going to VENTURA, CA, about an hour and a half north of Venice Beach for a precedent tour of artist housing. The site visit will provide an overview of the project and some discussion of task and team schedules. RSVP to our Facebook event here or go to www.oacla.org and click on "Get Involved" then choose "Venice Artist’s Colony".

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Avalon Carver Community Mural Painting and Landscape Planting

It might have been 100 degrees but OACLA and local volunteers were super excited to come out to the Avalon Carver community Center to give back to the community. We spent the week stripping off the old wall finish and preparing the site for work. This weekend, we masked off the wall for the Mary B. Henry mural design. In addition, we cleared brought over pick axes and shovels to clear the existing planter of roots and trash, in order to plant and mulch the drought tolerant cacti and shrubs.

We’d like to thank local landscaping supplier Los Angeles Nursery for their generous donation of their plants.

Volunteer Opportunity - Avalon Carver Mural Painting and Planting Day!

Join us for some summer fun and outreach! We are looking for volunteers for our mural painting and planting project at Avalon Carver! The first phase is the 3rd weekend of July and you can help out for as long or as little as you like. We will be painting the first day from 9a - 4p and planting the second day at the same times. RSVP to our Facebook event here or click on "Get Involved" and choose "Avalon Carver Community Center - Mural Painting and Planting Day". 

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Fringe Foundation Grant

We are so excited to announce that we have received a $5,000 grant from the Fringe Foundation that will help fund our Avalon Carver Community Center project as well as educational events (like our Connecting LA panel discussion last year) for all of you!  We are so grateful to The Fringe Foundation for believing in and supporting the work we do and we are looking forward to using these funds to help make positive change in our LA community! 

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Come Hang with OACLA!

Come hang out with the OACLA Leadership Board on May 17 for our bi-monthly Happy Hour! This one is at the awesome Angel City Brewery in the Arts District / Los Angeles. Bring your ideas and questions - it will be a wonderful night of speakeasy conversations and laughs.

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