FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wicks Walker, Board of Directors, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
Bonnie Tseng,Board of Directors, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
VIVA ART WALK!
LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN ART WALK CHARTS PATH
FORWARD WITH BROAD COMMUNITY SUPPORT
October 1st, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA) — In response to a week of strong expressions of public support for continuing the Downtown Art Walk, the Board of Directors of Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is pleased to reaffirm that the Downtown Art Walk will continue on Thursday, October 14 and continue as a regular monthly event. The Board regrets the confusion and concern created by the press release and website and social media communications published by the organization’s former Executive Director stating that Art Walk had been suspended, but applauds the wave of public support and dialog that followed.
From controversy is born the opportunity to make the Downtown Art Walk better and more sustainable. Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is pleased to announce that community leaders, business and property owners, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders have come together to lend support to the Downtown Art Walk.
Property owners have committed to provide funding for Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, the California non-profit public benefit corporation organized to shepherd and promote the Downtown Art Walk. This funding will enable the organization to hire paid staff to better administer the Downtown Art Walk, assist in enhancing the event’s focus on art and address ongoing logistical issues that arise with an event that attracts 20,000+ visitors to Downtown Los Angeles each month. A statement released by the sponsoring property owners states: “Property owners in Historic downtown and the Old Bank District recognize the vital importance of Art Walk to the Downtown community from both a cultural and economic perspective. Our continuing upport will provide a foundation for its sustainable growth.”
The Business Improvement Districts in Downtown Los Angeles also have affirmed their continued support for Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk and willingness to work with the organization to ensure the Downtown Art Walk continues as a regular and properly managed event. Said Kate Bartolo, President of the Historic Downtown Business Improvement District, “Art Walk has been an engine of growth for bringing vitality back to the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles and today continues attracting thousands of visitors from all over Southern California to our community. The BIDs have a vested interest in seeing Art Walk succeed.”
The Los Angeles Police Department also reaffirmed its commitment to continue providing its support to make the Downtown Art Walk a safe community event. Said Captain Todd Chamberlain of the LAPD, “The LAPD supports the Downtown Art Walk as a positive civic event promoting art, and we look forward to continuing to play our role in helping maintain a safe environment for everyone involved.”
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is launching a search for a new Executive Director and welcomes input and recommendations from the community regarding specific candidates and the qualities that candidate should possess. The organization is committed to continuing its role to promote and help the community address issues concerning the monthly art walk event. “We very much appreciate the outpouring of support from the community for Art Walk and the willingness of key stakeholders to step up and commit resources to make our organization and Art Walk stronger,” said David Hernand, Chairman of the Board of Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. Hernand continued, “We also appreciate the support of Downtown political leaders to help rally this support.”
The Downtown Art Walk remains a free, public community event that will take place the second Thursday in October. Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk and the downtown community look forward to the next celebration of art in downtown Los Angeles, set for the 14th of October.