The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development presented by Cartwheel Art and Arts District Alliance
Panelists: Yuval Bar-Zemer, Mark Borman, Stephen Seemayer, Carlton Davis, Steve Grody, Ashleigh Sumner, Yasmina Cadiz and Weimei Chen. Co-Moderators: Cindy Schwarzstein and Justin Shenkarow Cartwheel Art, along with The Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA (ADCCLA) presents a panel discussion featuring artists, developers, historians and creative entrepreneurs exploring the history of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District and how the area's shifting elements contribute to today's changes in one of the city's most unique neighborhoods. The Arts District's past and present mirror the issues facing many cities as they develop older districts into attractive creative hubs for businesses and residents. Developers from around the world are purchasing land, redeveloping historical buildings, and starting to build from the ground up in an unprecedented rush for property, which threatens to displace the artists and earlier adopters who gave the neighborhood its unique character. Some of the questions for the panelists will be: Why do developers follow artists? Why is the Arts District one of the “hottest” areas in the country? What is it about artists that make an area “cool” and create a fervor that more mainstream people then follow? Can the Arts District balance development and maintain its authentic core as a neighborhood rich with artists who might not be rich?
DIALOGS LA 2015