2018 (Inaugural) Laura Zucker Fellow
ADDY GONZALEZ RENTERIA received her bachelor’s degree in Art History from UCLA and graduated with a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Her master thesis focused on the feasibility of creating a cultural development plan for the San Fernando Valley and while interning at the Museum of Latin American Art she co-founded 11:11 A Creative Collective, a San Fernando Valley Art non-profit organization which is still active and growing. To date, 11:11 A Creative Collective has programmed 125 square miles of the San Fernando Valley with art festivals, public art, exhibitions, and workshops. Addy is also familiar with research on land use, governmental regulations and drafting as she worked for an architectural firm for 14 years. She worked for the City of Los Angeles Council District 7 as its Cultural Development consultant and developed a comprehensive public art development plan specific to that neighborhood. She has 10 years experience producing art exhibits, public & private events and community development through the arts. Addy was previously a Cultural Policy Fellow in the 2015-16 cohort of Arts for LA's ACTIVATE Program and has received certificates of recognition from Los Angeles City Council as a Latina woman in the arts as well as one for her cultural work in the San Fernando Valley from the Los Angeles Public Works Department. She is currently the Project Director for Now Art, the leading public art organization in Los Angeles whose focus is to bring a stronger public art presence to Los Angeles with emotionally evocative, culturally attuned and meaningful works. Her experience in the arts and non-profit world, combined with her architectural background and free-lancing consulting work has given her invaluable insight as to what it takes to turn ideas into fully realized and executable projects. She is passionate about the arts, cultural policy/planning, sustainable design, architecture, and creating spaces and experiences that have a long-lasting positive impact in our communities.
2018 Fellow's Report
"Preserving Arts & Cultural Resources Through Planning Mechanisms: Definitions, Environmental Scan, and Preliminary Avenues of Exploration."
As our cities move into the 21st-century, change is inevitable and happening fast. While the demand for development is real, the growth and reconfiguration of our cities should not threaten the arts and cultural resources that preserve and create a sense of place, identity, and belonging. Instead, growing cities should take greater care in creating environments where their arts and cultural resources thrive and evolve, paving the way for further benefits such as economic prosperity and healthy communities.
This report investigates ways for preserving arts and cultural resources via various planning tools while acknowledging the realities of development. Specifically, the question of feasibility for expanding and/ or redefining the arts and cultural component in Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) is considered, as well as the efficacy of two additional planning tools: Cultural Districts and Arts Overlay Zones that have previously been used as mechanisms for preserving arts and cultural resources. Lastly, the benefits of creating Affordable Spaces for the Arts is examined as a way to preserve arts and cultural resources.
Through these investigations, this report aims to highlight the benefits of a more holistic approach to planning that includes the arts and culture throughout each of the various planning stages in order to create a more comprehensive, culturally informed approach to the development of our 21st-century cities.
Special thanks to Laura Zucker for her unwavering support of arts and culture in LA and across the world, Abril Iñiguez-Rivas for designing and managing the inaugural Laura Zucker Fellowship, Jessica Cusick for her mentorship and guidance, and to Sofia Klatzker for her years of leadership and commitment to cultural research and policy.
This report was produced by Arts for LA through the Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research, and made possible by the generous support of the Arts for LA Board of Directors and contributing members.