L. David Patterson

City: Hawthorne City
Position Seeking: Councilmember

Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up. 

The most meaningful art experience I had growing up was attending The Nutcracker play as a child. Going to plays was a rare experience for me. This experience stood out so much because it was an opportunity get dressed up, have what was to me an upper class experience, and spend some quality time with my uncle (whom had taken me and my sister).

I thought performance, the music, and the story was wonderful. It was actually my mother’s favorite ballet, which encouraged me to appreciate it even more.

Question 2: What do you think should be the role of City Council in the development and support of the region's arts and cultural infrastructure?

A very active role. As lover of the arts, I recognize our community’s desire for more artistic and cultural outlets. Our residents have made it clear that the art and culture is important to them and vital to the future of our community. As the leaders of our community, the City Council must support and be involved in the development of the region’s artistic and cultural infrastructure. As Hawthorne City Treasurer, I have wholeheartedly supported art exhibits, visited gallery openings, and attended performances throughout the city; and hope to do more as apart of the City Council.

Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?

Art and culture play a pivotal role in my vision. I envision a Hawthorne that attracts new businesses, maintains beautiful streets, and inspires an open, inclusive environment where residents and visitors feel comfortable going for a night out or simply for a relaxing stroll. Art walks in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Hawthorne have proven how effective the creative industry is in bringing people from all across Southern California together. As a City Council member, I will focus on bringing more art and culture based events to Hawthorne.

Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 7 jobs in LA County is supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. What strategies, if any, would you pursue to enhance the region’s creative economy (i.e. cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit organizations)?

My daughter being an artist and having attended a class for teens at Otis College, this statistic is very exciting to me. As a City Councilmember, I will continue the progress we saw with Phantom Galleries, and local art walks. I will collaborate with colleagues, and the greater artistic community in developing the infrastructure needed to support and attract creative organizations, jobs, and cultural tourism. I will work with city administration to rezone commercial areas into live-work spaces, as well as pursue the development of art incubators, allowing artists the opportunity to live and develop their art in the city