- 28 Jan 2016
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A Message from the CEO
The Celebration Starts for our Five-Year Anniversary!
With a successful year behind us and a robust fifth anniversary year ahead, we want to personally thank each of the 80,297 visitors who helped make 2015 a banner year at LA Plaza. Since opening our doors in April 2011, LA Plaza has now welcomed an estimated 288,768 guests who have enjoyed our cultural programming, educational sessions, garden and culinary workshops, exhibitions and more.
Whether your tastes were the romantic chords of bolero, insightful documentary films and talks, outdoor family movies, sassy Latin jazz, or hands-on cooking lessons, LA Plaza offered a rich array of more than 66 cultural offerings during the year. Most of our events were offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of our many corporate and foundation partners.
2016 brings an ever larger and more diverse menu of programs with many more soon to be announced. Our film and conversation series expands to a monthly basis; we’ll have two free film nights featuring classic movies Zoot Suit and Nacho Libre. We’ll celebrate Día de los Muertos with a return performance by the inimitable Metalachi, plus much, much more. Keep updated at our website (www.lapca.org) and Facebook page.
Our exhibition galleries will come alive with three important new shows: Unsung Heroes, sponsored by the California Community Foundation, recognizes 30 of LA’s unheralded community volunteers in a photography exhibit; Peloteros in Paradise chronicles the long love affair of LA Latinos with baseball; and a one-man show of new works by top-rising Chicano artist Ernesto Yerena caps off the exhibition season. We’ll also be re-opening a revamped permanent exhibit, LA Starts Here, with a new collection of historic objects and stories and a new bilingual audio guide.
The new year also brings a major expansion of our physical footprint with the start of construction of the LA Plaza Village, a landmark multi-use complex of approximately 355 residential units and 50,000 square-feet of retail space that will breathe new life into the historic El Pueblo district.
On behalf of the LA Plaza board and staff, we thank you for being a part of our extended familia and we look forward to seeing you often as we celebrate our fifth-year anniversary. Let the celebration begin!