Help Save Corita’s Studio
& Preserve Her Legacy

#GetWithTheAction
#SaveCoritasStudio

The Corita Art Center team and allies are organizing an urgent campaign and we need your support! We recently learned that the art studio at 5518 Franklin Ave. in Los Angeles, where Corita worked throughout the ‘60s and made some of her most important work, is slated for demolition. The developer plans to demolish the building in order to accommodate additional parking for a project which would convert the Rite Aid at 1841 Western Ave. into a Lazy Acres Natural Market. We believe the site should be properly reviewed for historic designation before redevelopment plans continue. Please contact representatives from Council District 13 and express your concerns (see contact info below). We will update this page as we have more information on action steps you can take. Thank you for supporting the preservation of Corita’s legacy!

Update!

Following the December 17th, 2020 LA Cultural Heritage Commission vote to recommend the designation of Corita Kent’s famed art studio in Hollywood, Corita Art Center issued the following statement:

We are thrilled to announce that the Cultural Heritage Commission has voted to recommend the historic designation of Corita’s former art studio, located at 5518 Franklin Avenue in Hollywood. Throughout the 1960s, Corita used this space as a classroom and studio where she created many of her most iconic artworks. The building is now one step closer to being saved from demolition and officially receiving historical landmark status.

The entire Corita Art Center team and the Immaculate Heart Community are overjoyed about what this means both locally and nationally. Currently, only 3% of historically recognized monuments in the city of Los Angeles are associated with women's heritage. On a national level, only 8% are associated with histories of BIPOC and women combined. Designating Corita’s studio with landmark status is a critical step in recognizing and redressing this disparity. However, the ongoing work of upholding the legacy of female artists and cultural leaders continues. We commend the Cultural Heritage Commission for paving the way for future conversations focused on equity.

Our hearts are full today as we heard from friends and colleagues who gave personal and professional testimonies about the importance of Corita’s legacy and why her studio is an essential part of the cultural history of Los Angeles.

We want to thank all of our partners. Every single person and organization that worked tirelessly to ensure that Corita’s studio would not be erased from history in exchange for a few parking spaces. To the LA Conservancy, Hollywood Heritage, Immaculate Heart Community, and every individual that signed our “Save Corita’s Studio” letter of support, we thank you. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to preservationist, Kathryn Wollan, who has been with us every step of the way. Because of your passion, incredible work, and organizing efforts, this building now has the potential to become a vital and vibrant site of art, culture, learning, and creativity.

Please act now!

We need to ensure our voices are heard!  We are asking for supporters to sign this letter of support and/or personally send their own letter to chc@lacity.org, cc melissa.jones@lacity.org. The case number is CHC-2020-5630-HCM. Let's make sure the site is given proper consideration by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission.

Help spread the word! Do you have a friend or family member who also loves Corita? Share these resources so that they can chime in too. Call / email scripts, contact info, and shareable social media assets below.

Shareable Social Media Posts

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Help save Corita Kent’s studio and preserve her legacy! Let Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and the Los Angeles CD13 office know that Corita's studio matters and request they halt its demolition until it is reviewed for historic designation. More info at corita.org/action #SaveCoritasStudio #GetWithTheAction

Contact The Following

Mitch O’Farrell
(LA City Council Member Representing the 13th District)
councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org
Hollywood Field Office: (213) 207–3015
City Hall Office: (213) 473–7013
Craig Bullock
(CD13 Planning Director)
craig.bullock@lacity.org
Amy Ablakat
(CD13 Planning Deputy)
amy.ablakat@lacity.org
Sean Starkey
(CD13 Hollywood Field Deputy)
sean.starkey@lacity.org

Email & Call Scripts

We encourage you to use the scripts below or create your own! Please be civil and respectful with outreach on the phone, via email, or if attending Zoom meetings/public hearings.

If you are a Council District 13 Stakeholder

(meaning you live, work, study, worship or own property in the area)
Not sure? Enter an address here to determine what council district it falls under.

Long Script
Hi my name is ____ and I [live/work/study/worship] in the Council Member’s district. I am very concerned about the slated demolition of 5518 Franklin Ave, formerly the studio of famed local artist, educator, and social justice advocate Corita Kent in the 1960s, to provide additional parking spots for the Lazy Acres Market redevelopment project. Corita Kent is a cultural icon of Los Angeles and during her time in the building, she made some of her most recognizable works, hosted notable creative leaders, and influenced a generation of young artists through her art and teaching. Corita was a nun who taught and led the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College that was located across the street. Demolition of this building without proper consideration of its historical significance would be a grave misstep and could lead to the irreversible loss of priceless cultural heritage for Hollywood and broader Los Angeles. We want plans for development that align with our values - destroying a location of such artistic and cultural significance to accommodate additional parking does not. I urge you not to approve this project until the building has been properly considered by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission. Thank you.

If you are not a Council District 13 Stakeholder

Long Script
Hi my name is ____ and I am a concerned community member. I am [writing/calling] about the slated demolition of 5518 Franklin Ave, formerly the studio of famed local artist, educator, and social justice advocate Corita Kent in the 1960s, to provide additional parking spots for the Lazy Acres Market redevelopment project. Corita Kent is a cultural icon of Los Angeles and during her time in the building, she made some of her most recognizable works, hosted notable creative leaders, and influenced a generation of young artists through her art and teaching. Corita was a nun who taught and led the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College that was located across the street. Demolition of this building without proper consideration of its historical significance would be a grave misstep and could lead to the irreversible loss of priceless cultural heritage for Hollywood and broader Los Angeles. We want plans for development that align with our values - destroying a location of such artistic and cultural significance to accommodate additional parking does not. I urge you not to approve this project until the building has been properly considered by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission. Thank you.

Further Reference Information

LA City Planning Case Summary & Documents
Case #: ZA-2019-6570-CUB-SPP-SPPA
LA Conservancy
Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) nomination for the Sister Mary Corita Studio. Currently, only 3% of the City's HCMs are associated with women's heritage.
What Now LA
Article detailing that Sun Cleaners will be demolished to accommodate additional parking (up from 85 to 95 spaces)
Excerpt of Thomas Conrad’s Alleluia
(1967) that features Corita and a student walking from The Market Basket into the studio at 5518 Franklin.