Steering Committee Busy This Fall, LA Magazine Highlights SWM Site, and “143 Days” Video Features Tunnel

October 17, 2016 by Kevin Sanada

Summer was a very busy time for many of the Steering Committee members with lots of travel and vacation, but we’ve hit the ground running now that school has started and everyone is back in town. Here are some of the highlights:

Highland Park Heritage Trust Hosts Community Conversation

On October 10th, the Highland Park Heritage Trust hosted a special meeting with their members and the Southwest Museum Site Steering Committee to ask questions and discuss the status of the effort to re-imagine the historic Southwest Museum Site. The 90-minute conversation between Steering Committee members and the public was moderated by HPHT President Antonio Castillo, and it was an informative and very constructive conversation.

A special thank-you to the Highland Park Heritage Trust board, Tony Castillo, all of the community members who attended, and Steering Committee members Frank Parrello, Gideon Kracov, and Prof. Jem Axelrod for taking the time to participate in this important discussion and update. We will take the questions and comments from this event back to the Steering Committee for their October meeting, and we look forward to working with HPHT as a partner to keep the community informed and engaged as we complete the market study and reuse analysis in the coming months.

Steering Committee Activities

The Steering Committee will be very busy with several upcoming meetings in October, including meetings with potential partners. A full Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for the end of the month, where they will evaluate the partner meetings and their programmatic and philanthropic potential; discuss the recent conversation and meeting hosted by HPHT; and lay out next steps for David Bergman’s scenario planning and reuse analysis.

Los Angeles Magazine Feature Story on Southwest Museum Site

In case you missed it, LA Magazine did a great story at the end of the summer on the Southwest Museum Site! It was a fairly detailed and nuanced piece that covered its history, the status of the collection and the new Resource Center, and the current efforts to reactive the SWM site. We were so pleased to find out that LA Magazine was interested in the SWM and were thrilled to have such a big, new audience learn about this special place! Read the full story on the LA Magazine website here.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater Shares “143 Days” Video

One of the featured events of Lummis Day in June was a unique, site-specific dance performance at the SWM site by the world-renowned Heidi Duckler Dance Theater. Called “143 Days”, the performance was inspired by Charles Lummis’ epic journey from Cincinnati to Los Angeles on foot. The dancers and musicians moved through and around the historic SWM building, showcasing many of its unique spaces including the main staircase, the terrace, and the tunnel. For those of you who weren’t fortunate enough to get tickets to “143 Days,” Heidi Duckler Dance Theater shared a video of their performance in the Tunnel. Watch and enjoy!

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