Inner-City Arts


Michael Maltzan Architecture created the Inner-City Arts project, as an approach to give at-risk children and young people the facilities and opportunities to develop artistic skills and to access cultural values. It is located right in the middle of Skid Row, the place with the highest concentration of homeless people in the whole US.

Facing East 7th Street in Los Angeles, it provides arts campus with workshops, classrooms, exhibition spaces, theater, communal kitchen, and offices. Visitors can paint, do theater and dance, attend ceramic and sculpture classes or access the communal kitchen, the library or exhibition spaces that spread over 4,000 sqm. The building was developed in stages between 1995-2008. The resulting forms are multi-faceted spaces and multipurpose indoor rooms, a protected space inviting young people to explore and discover their creative skills.

This project is part of the exhibition Culture:City, that is asking questions about the impact of art and culture on cities and their architecture. A short film, resulting from a workshop with DFFB can be seen at the exhibition from 15th of March – 26th of May 2013 at Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin.

Images 1-6,9 © Iwan Baan | Images 7,8 © Film Still Inner-City Arts

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