Located just east of downtown Los Angeles on the edge of Skid Row, the arts campus serves over 10,000 at-risk Los Angeles youth each year. The building houses a range of art facilities and is an oasis in the urban environment. Built in three phases over 15 years, the one acre campus was conceived as a contemporary open air village, an indoor/outdoor tradition perfectly suited to the local climate. Phase I, completed in 1995, included a 10,000sf of studio and support space surrounding the school’s central outdoor courtyard. This central gathering space remains a retreat from the street beyond as well as a working space for the facility. Phase II, completed in 2003, added larger studio spaces, a kitchen, a wood shop, and animation studios. Phase III, the final phase of the campus expansion, was completed in the Fall 2008. The 23,000sf addition includes a black box theater, visual arts complex, performing arts studios, parent-teacher resource center, gardens and gathering spaces.
Exterior + Entry
Courtyard + Tower
Courtyard with Kids
Black Box Theater
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