Monday, April 02, 2007

Community Beautification Grants

Rosewood Community Garden
Originally uploaded by CD-13.
Congratulations to the six (count 'em, six) projects in CD13 that have been selected to receive funding from the Office of Community Beautification’s annual grant program. More than $50,000 has been dedicated to promoting public art and assisting community organizations create community gardens in the thirteenth district.

The Casa de Amigos de San Vicente will fashion a Jardincito Urbano in front of their community center, including seating, integrated planters and trees. Similarly, Commonwealth Ave. Elementary will now feature a reading garden connected to the school library, with reading benches and tables and colorfully painted pots filled with greenery. And the Rosewood Community Garden will now be able to rebuild the frames of 30 garden plots. Glassell Park Elementary combines the theme of environmental responsibility with artwork, as the school will work with a professional artist to design and install a 600 square foot Wetlands Watershed mural depicting a restored LA River. And while Glassell Park will show us a vision of what is possible if we act locally, Micheltorena will remind us to think globally with a new 900 square foot mural designed to educate children about environmental issues that we all face. Finally, the Hollywood Farmers Market will now feature decorative hangers, fully decked out with the market's logo and hanging baskets. All in all, the future is a little more beautiful in CD13.