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June 16, 1989
The public can now view architectural models of Arts Park L.A., the arts center that a private group called the Cultural Foundation is hoping to build in Sepulveda Basin. The models--on display through July 31 at ARTSPACE Gallery in Warner Center--portray a $50- million complex set amid 60 acres of rolling hills and a man-made lake. Arts Park's flagship would be its theater, left, designed by Morphosis of Santa Monica. This avant-garde building would house 1,800- and 500-seat theaters and be largely submerged, blossoming above ground in elevated walkways and artistic structures.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1993
The idea of an Arts Park L.A. in the Sepulveda Basin is lunacy. Consider the following: The Sepulveda Basin is a flood control basin that was under water last winter. There are junior highs, high schools and colleges in the Valley with auditoriums to hold performances. (There are also several existing small theater groups.) If a larger auditorium is built, why not on one of the existing college campuses where parking is already available? There are many underutilized classrooms which could be used to teach art and music.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1993
The idea of an Arts Park L.A. in the Sepulveda Basin is lunacy. Consider the following: The Sepulveda Basin is a flood control basin that was under water last winter. There are junior highs, high schools and colleges in the Valley with auditoriums to hold performances. (There are also several existing small theater groups.) If a larger auditorium is built, why not on one of the existing college campuses where parking is already available? There are many underutilized classrooms which could be used to teach art and music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1993
Regarding your editorial about Arts Park L.A. (May 30), I am deeply opposed to its location in any open parkland. Sepulveda Basin is one of the most open, green, beautiful spots left in the Valley, and, although few people seem to realize it, open space is necessary to every city dweller's mental health. Open parkland should remain just that, open and free of structures of any kind. There are numerous locations in the Valley where the arts park could be located, where parkland would not need to be sacrificed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1986
Ichallenge Luke Bandle, who recently resigned as general manager of the San Fernando Valley Cultural Foundation, to give one solid fact to support her statement that the San Fernando Valley needs the arts centers (April 29). The so-called Arts Park L.A. in the Sepulveda basin will destroy breeding and nesting grounds for wild birds, ducks and geese, eliminate acres of cornfields and, in doing so, do away with one more remaining bucolic area of natural beauty. Where and who are all these people who Bandle claims "need" this park?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1993
Regarding your editorial about Arts Park L.A. (May 30), I am deeply opposed to its location in any open parkland. Sepulveda Basin is one of the most open, green, beautiful spots left in the Valley, and, although few people seem to realize it, open space is necessary to every city dweller's mental health. Open parkland should remain just that, open and free of structures of any kind. There are numerous locations in the Valley where the arts park could be located, where parkland would not need to be sacrificed.
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June 10, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
After eight years of struggles and miscues, a group of San Fernando Valley businessmen and art denizens unveiled architectural models Friday for a $50-million cultural center that they hope to build in Sepulveda Basin. The model of the Cultural Foundation's Arts Park L.A. shows a wing-like museum and clusters of colorful workshops set among 60 acres of rolling hills. An open-air amphitheater rises beside a lake where gondolas drift by. And at the center of this proposed park stands a stunningly avant-garde theater designed by the Morphosis firm of Santa Monica.
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June 25, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON
Thom Mayne is growing agitated. He's beginning to wave his hands. "It blows my mind," he says. Mayne and partner Michael Rotondi head the Morphosis architecture firm of Santa Monica. Their avant-garde style--as evidenced by the cancer-care center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and such Los Angeles restaurants as Kate Mantilini and Angeli Caffe--has earned them numerous awards and an international reputation for radical work. " 'Unique' is a better word," Mayne says. But he quickly adds, "It seems that a lot of our work produces controversy."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $60,000 to the Cultural Foundation, a Valley group that is trying to build a cultural center in the Sepulveda Basin, officials said Wednesday. The foundation applied for $100,000 of National Endowment for the Arts money more than a year ago. The grant money will help pay for a design competition that will provide architectural plans for the center by early summer, officials said. The Cultural Foundation envisions that Arts Park L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1993
Over the years, we have waxed enthusiastic over the coming of age of the Los Angeles theater scene, welcoming various additions to the arts and the flourishing of cultural growth with proper cause. The same sort of excitement might already have been generated by a plan to offer the San Fernando Valley its own arts complex for world-class and local performances. Perhaps that hasn't yet occurred because just such a project has been mired in disputes throughout its 12-year-history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1993
Over the years, we have waxed enthusiastic over the coming of age of the Los Angeles theater scene, welcoming various additions to the arts and the flourishing of cultural growth with proper cause. The same sort of excitement might already have been generated by a plan to offer the San Fernando Valley its own arts complex for world-class and local performances. Perhaps that hasn't yet occurred because just such a project has been mired in disputes throughout its 12-year-history.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON
Thom Mayne is growing agitated. He's beginning to wave his hands. "It blows my mind," he says. Mayne and partner Michael Rotondi head the Morphosis architecture firm of Santa Monica. Their avant-garde style--as evidenced by the cancer-care center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and such Los Angeles restaurants as Kate Mantilini and Angeli Caffe--has earned them numerous awards and an international reputation for radical work. " 'Unique' is a better word," Mayne says. But he quickly adds, "It seems that a lot of our work produces controversy."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1989
The public can now view architectural models of Arts Park L.A., the arts center that a private group called the Cultural Foundation is hoping to build in Sepulveda Basin. The models--on display through July 31 at ARTSPACE Gallery in Warner Center--portray a $50- million complex set amid 60 acres of rolling hills and a man-made lake. Arts Park's flagship would be its theater, left, designed by Morphosis of Santa Monica. This avant-garde building would house 1,800- and 500-seat theaters and be largely submerged, blossoming above ground in elevated walkways and artistic structures.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
After eight years of struggles and miscues, a group of San Fernando Valley businessmen and art denizens unveiled architectural models Friday for a $50-million cultural center that they hope to build in Sepulveda Basin. The model of the Cultural Foundation's Arts Park L.A. shows a wing-like museum and clusters of colorful workshops set among 60 acres of rolling hills. An open-air amphitheater rises beside a lake where gondolas drift by. And at the center of this proposed park stands a stunningly avant-garde theater designed by the Morphosis firm of Santa Monica.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $60,000 to the Cultural Foundation, a Valley group that is trying to build a cultural center in the Sepulveda Basin, officials said Wednesday. The foundation applied for $100,000 of National Endowment for the Arts money more than a year ago. The grant money will help pay for a design competition that will provide architectural plans for the center by early summer, officials said. The Cultural Foundation envisions that Arts Park L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1986
Ichallenge Luke Bandle, who recently resigned as general manager of the San Fernando Valley Cultural Foundation, to give one solid fact to support her statement that the San Fernando Valley needs the arts centers (April 29). The so-called Arts Park L.A. in the Sepulveda basin will destroy breeding and nesting grounds for wild birds, ducks and geese, eliminate acres of cornfields and, in doing so, do away with one more remaining bucolic area of natural beauty. Where and who are all these people who Bandle claims "need" this park?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1991
Linda Kinnee has quit as executive director of the Cultural Foundation, a Woodland Hills private group that is attempting to finance and build an expansive arts center in the Sepulveda Basin. Kinnee, whose resignation is effective Saturday, will become executive director of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation. Ross Hopkins, a private consultant, has been named interim director of the foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1993
A group of San Fernando Valley business owners and arts patrons has once again responded to public criticism by agreeing to scale down its proposal for an arts complex in the Sepulveda Basin. The Cultural Foundation eliminated an outdoor amphitheater and performance glen from its once-sprawling project, Arts Park L.A., which still calls for a theater, museum and various workshops to be erected along the basin's northern edge.
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