Arts & Culture2018-09-11T18:46:26+00:00

Serving as an elected official in one of the world’s most iconic destinations for film, art, creativity and culture, Councilmember José Huizar has made promoting, supporting and championing arts and culture one of his top priorities. He has continually pushed for progress on every level – from city policy to grassroots efforts supporting cultural events and local artists.

As a child, Huizar was profoundly affected by the sea of eastside murals he saw depicting Chicano art, culture and history while visiting family at the Estrada Courts public housing in Boyle Heights. This, during the height of the mural boom, which at that time earned Los Angeles “mural capital of the world” status.

As Councilmember, Huizar worked with the arts community to lead the Citywide effort to end an archaic 11-year ban on murals on private property. With that victory, local artists can now utilize their considerable talents and beautify our city using their own neighborhoods as canvases.

Huizar worked with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell to overhaul the City’s Arts Development Fee system, which designates how and where developers pay into arts fees. Through this revamped legislation, millions of dollars more are now dedicated to public art throughout the City of Los Angeles. And Councilmember Huizar single-handedly led an effort that has resulted in an explosion of hundreds of “mini murals” on electrical boxes throughout the City.

Councilmember Huizar believes strongly in creating and supporting local and Citywide cultural events that help us celebrate what it means to be a member of our local communities and who we are as Angelenos. He brought back incredibly popular fireworks shows to Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Eagle Rock after 30-plus year absences, and supports holiday tree-lightings and rich Veterans tributes, and honors each segment of society with special events like our top students with his Adelante Awards, and the Senior Snowball, honoring CD14 seniors.

Councilmember has worked with the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts to make the Eagle Rock Music Festival the most popular Northeast LA festival. And in creating the Night on Broadway street and theater Festival on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles, Councilmember Huizar has created a homage to Los Angeles’ incredibly rich history and an opportunity for a quarter of a million Angelenos to embrace and celebrate that history.

From Downtown, to Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Northeast LA, and through the City, Huizar has dedicated his tenure in office to bolstering access to arts and culture for all Angelenos.

MURALS

Councilmember Huizar leads effort to at-long last adopt new City ordinance to allow murals on private property. Under the City’s current “Sign Mural” ordinance, mural signs on private property were banned while the City worked on a new sign ordinance, which has been wrapped in litigation. The new mural ordinance will be separate from the sign law by identifying murals as something other than signs, with a focus on murals as “original works of art.” Los Angeles is known as the ‘Mural Capital of the World’ and CD14 is home to more murals than any other district.

ART DEVELOPMENT FEE

Councilmembers Huizar and O’Farrell led the effort to revise the ordinance that serves to update guidelines and criteria for the Arts Development Fee, and immediately released $1.7 million to build public art displays throughout the City.

The motion was first introduced by the O’Farrell and Huizar in July of 2013. The City requires developers to pay an Arts Development Fee in exchange for the right to build a project and lessen the burden placed on the City for services caused by the project.

The amount of the fee is based on the project’s type of land use; however, the amount of the Fee cannot exceed $1.57 per gross square foot of any structure authorized by the building permit or one percent of the valuation of the project designated on the permit, whichever is lower, as determined by the Department of Building and Safety.

The Arts Development Fee Ordinance has not been amended in over two decades, and the Councilmembers introduced the motion in an effort to better direct the use of these funds in public art capital improvement projects in every Council District.

UTILITY BOXES

The CD14 Art Box Mural program began as a pilot with a handful of City electrical boxes that Councilmember Huizar initiated as a way to transform banal, city boxes into mini works of art. The CD14 office engages local artists directly. The Art box mural project has been an amazing success. There are over 200 boxes in CD 14 alone in every neighborhood in our district and over 600 citywide. The impact has been regionwide as CD14 staff have had multiple consultations with staff from other cities including Glendale, Pasadena and Burbank.

EAGLE ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Councilmember Huizar is a proud sponsor of the Eagle Rock Music Festival, one of Los Angeles’ largest major free music festival. Now going into its 19th year, the festival is a great community event bringing a rich and diverse mixture of music to Eagle Rock.

NIGHT ON BROADWAY

1902-1944 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Night on Broadway is a free arts and music festival produced in celebration of Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative. Like never before, Night on Broadway awakens beautiful historic theaters and the blocks between them along the Broadway corridor in Downtown Los Angeles. L.A. is a mecca for creative talent of all kinds, and Night on Broadway is where it all shines – right in the heart of entertainment’s birthplace in Los Angeles. From emerging musical acts to national stars, artists to acrobats, and fashion designers to food trucks, Night on Broadway is all about the City of Angels.

Save the Date for Night on Broadway 2019! It will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Save the date! Download here.

MOVIES IN THE PARK

Councilmember Huizar partners with Film LA and the City’s Recreation and Parks to sponsor Movies In The Park, a free community event showcasing classic movies in City parks. This great summer event also features live music, free food and giveaways.

BOYLE HEIGHTS YOUTH FEST

Councilmember Huizar is proud to invest in our youth with the annual Boyle Heights Youth Fest, organized ‘by youth, for youth’. Our youth met for three months, with Councilmember Huizar’s office helping to facilitate along with our partner agencies, to select the activities they wanted to see at the event

ADELANTE AWARDS

Councilmember José Huizar’s 15th Annual Adelante (Onward) Awards has honored more than 1,650 students through its 15-Year history. The top boy and girl student from 63 schools in Council District 14 are honored, along with their families, at an annual brunch and awards ceremony. Councilmember Huizar started the Adelante Awards to honor student achievement and encourage our young people to continue working hard to reach their God-given potential.

SENIOR SNOWBALL

Councilmember Huizar is a proud sponsor of the Annual “Senior Snow Ball”, now in its 11th year.. The Senior Snowball is a Winter Formal dance and luncheon for Senior clubs located in Downtown (including Little Tokyo), Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glassell Park.