District Gallery is a project of Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space (LADADSpace), a 501(c) (3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to the creation of the Arts District Center for the Arts (ADCA) and to preserving and promoting the Arts District as a true creative community. LADADSpace offers grants to local arts organizations and individual artists whose activities and projects enrich the local and regional arts community. LADADSpace also serves as a fiscal sponsor for various artists and organizations downtown and historically has provided opportunities for educational workshops, community meetings, theater productions, music events, lecture series and performance art. The Arts District is one of the most filmed locations in the world and LADADSpace facilitates the relationship between production companies, city officials, local businesses and residents, insuring that the Arts District remains a renewable resource for filming (www.ladadspace.com).
At the core of the ADCA are founders and co-directors Jonathan Jerald, Timothy Keating, and Guy Zimmerman who bring industry experience and particular talents in community-based development, media and theater production and the creation and management of art installations to the project. The overseeing non-profit LADADSpace is complemented by the support of its Board of Directors, community partners, and an Advisory Board dedicated to the supervision of the ADCA.
Mission of the Arts District Center for the Arts
Our mission is to open and operate the Arts District Center for the Arts in a 5000 square foot space that includes a 99 seat theater, an art gallery and exhibition space and a state of the art screening room as part of the One Santa Fe Development in Los Angeles’ downtown Arts District.
The ADCA will be the centerpiece of an Arts complex that will include low-cost artists’ housing and an exhibition space atop the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc.) The ADCA will be a core element of what we expect to be a cultural gem benefitting the entire city. Our 99 seat theater and gallery will offer vibrant, innovative productions, installations and exhibitions that showcase the artistry of Angelinos, offering both home-grown cultural events from the downtown Arts District as well as from emerging artists from greater Los Angeles and beyond.
The ADCA will feature a lively season of productions, exhibition and artistic events that will include film screenings, installations, a reading series, artistic panels, and teaching workshops that will draw visitors from the Arts District and from greater Los Angeles. We will serve as a cultivation and incubation model for the development of interdisciplinary work, encouraging cross pollination among various artistic mediums. We will primarily explore contemporary work that challenges prevailing norms, and are excited to present productions and installations in our gallery and theater with parallel sensibilities.
The Arts District Center for the Arts will primarily be utilized by four resident theater companies for a minimum of ten weeks each year. For the remaining twelve weeks of the year, we will open the space to arts organizations, production companies, and artists to present their productions, exhibits, and hosted events. LADADSpace will also administer Requests for Proposals inviting guest artists and arts organizations to use the ADCA, with a special focus on supporting emerging local talent and/or talent that serves and represents underserved communities.
Goals and Objectives
• To develop a major artistic institution that contributes to the cultural and economic well being of Los Angeles and preserves the character of the Arts District as a true creative community.
• To attract domestic and global visitors to the One Santa Fe Development Complex and the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District
• To provide a modern theater, art gallery, screening room, and meeting space for the Arts District community, with state-of-the-art digital media and internet capabilities linking us to the global community.
• To support local artists, the incubation of interdisciplinary new artistic work, and to share this work with the greater Los Angeles community and beyond.
• To contribute to the development of culturally sophisticated and adventurous art consumers in partnership with other downtown cultural institutions.
Brief History of LADADSpace
In 2004, LADADSpace was incorporated as a 501(c) 3 non-profit arts organization by Lucy Jensen, Jonathan Jerald and Tim Keating with the task of building a center for artists in the original artist loft district that focused on cultural development across the visual and performing disciplines. LADADSpace has been supported by the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA,) the Historical Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC) and by donations derived from film productions in the neighborhood.
Today LADADSpace remains steadfast in its commitment to the creation of the ADCA, to providing resources for established and emerging artistic talent, and to embracing the full spectrum of visual and performing arts. LADADSpace offers grants to local arts organizations and individual artists whose activities and projects enrich the local and regional arts community. LADADSpace also serves as a fiscal sponsor for various artists and organizations downtown and historically has provided opportunities for educational workshops, community meetings, theater productions, music events, lecture series and performance art. As the Arts District is one of the most filmed locations in the world, LADADSpace facilitates the relationship between the production companies, city officials, and community members insuring that the Arts District remains a renewable resource for filming.
LADADSpace continues to be a long time advocate for affordable artist housing and grant public art deregulation and has steered community planning projects such as Uncommon Ground. LADADSpace currently operates the D Gallery on 3rd Street; specializing in promoting work by contemporary urban Los Angeles artists. Previous LADADSpace productions have included partnerships with Padua Playwrights to present A Thousand Words along with A Picture is.