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Public is Invited to Re-Imagine Downtown's Arts & Entertainment District

Post Date:04/10/2019 2:23 PM

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2019

Media Contact:
Jennifer Hiramoto, Deputy Director of Community Development
818-548-2005
jhiramoto@glendaleca.gov

 

City Invites the Public to Re-Imagine Downtown’s
Arts and Entertainment District at Outdoor Community Event

 

GLENDALE, CA:  The City of Glendale’s Economic Development Division has organized an outdoor community workshop with the goal of enhancing the City’s Arts and Entertainment District. The festival style workshop will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Artsakh Avenue.

Artsakh Avenue between Harvard Street and Wilson Avenue is a charming and intimate brick paved street lined with 50 foot palm trees. Considered the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District as identified in the Glendale Downtown Specific Plan, Artsakh Avenue is anchored at each end by prominent cultural institutions – the historic Alex Theatre to the north, and the Downtown Central Library at the south. It is within walking distance of the Museum of Neon Art, the Antaeus Theatre Company, the ACE/121 artists’ colony and community gallery, and the newly constructed Laemmle Theatre/Lofts. It is also home to The Exchange and The Marketplace, which include a number of restaurants, storefronts and offices.

In an effort to continue to build on the creative energy growing in and around the district, the City of Glendale hired urban design firm Studio One Eleven to redesign the public space to encourage more pedestrian activity, public art and contemporary retail uses. The goal is to program and integrate the public areas on Artsakh Avenue and Harvard Street including the alley between Brand Boulevard and Artsakh Avenue for passive public activities and in support of special events such as concerts, festivals, and plays; and to provide plans for permanent landscaping, street furnishings, and public art features.

To guide the development of initial conceptual designs for the public space, the City has organized a mid-day outdoor workshop for the community. Through a guided tour of Artsakh Avenue, and activities including food trucks, a beer garden, live music and entertainment, sketching stations, pop-up galleries, and art displays, attendees are invited share their vision for the space alongside professional designers and City staff.

The event is free of charge. Check-in will be located at 127 Artsakh Avenue, and 90 minutes of free parking is available at the Exchange parking structure at 115 Artsakh Ave. For more information about the event, please email Juan Gonzalez at jgonzalez@glendaleca.gov or call (818) 548-2005.

Event Flyer

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Glendale, known as the “Jewel City,” is one of the largest cities in Los Angeles County. With a population of over 200,000, Glendale is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and offers limitless opportunities. It is home to a vibrant business community, with major companies in healthcare, technology, entertainment, manufacturing, retail and banking.