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Support Groups

Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center

First formed in 1983, Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center was revived in 1996 to support and promote the Watts Towers Arts Center through advocacy, fund raising and community outreach.

 

This invaluable assistance now extends to supporting the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center. The Friends co-produce public events including the Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival, established in 1976, and the Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival, founded in 1981. These festivals are among the nation’s oldest and most respected music and arts gatherings and are offered to the public free of charge.

   

WATTS TOWERS COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL

The Watts Towers Community Action Council was created in 1985 as an outreach body of the community to develop the Cultural Crescent Project. The Council is an integral support organization that helps to promote and support activities of the Watts Towers Arts Center, the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center and the surrounding community. The Council provides leadership and recognizes individuals for their achievements in the arts and community advocacy through the presentation of the Charles Mingus Award at the Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival each year.

 

THE COMMITTEE FOR SIMON RODIA’S TOWERS IN WATTS

The Committee for Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts, founded in 1959, is a nonprofit guardian group of artists and professionals who pledged to preserve and exhibit Rodia’s gift to the world. The organization has two primary goals: the physical restoration of the Towers so that public access can be maintained, and a definitive, on-going public information and research program to provide a perspective on this fanciful magical environment. Today, the Committee continues its dedicated oversight of the sculptures’ welfare and as advisors for state and local officials on the restoration and maintenance efforts.

 

MAYOR’S TASK FORCE on the WATTS TOWERS CAMPUS

The Mayor’s Task Force Watts Towers Campus was established in late 2005 to address the issues and concerns specific to the growth, development and continuing well being of the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus. The Task Force meets regularly with other Watts Towers Campus support groups.

 

PARENTS OF WATTS TOWERS ARTS CENTER CAMPUS

The Parents of Watts Towers Arts Center Campus is an advocacy group that supports the need for Arts and Museum Education. They actively participate in the continuous development of the WTAC Campus and its Programs.

 

WATTS TOWERS ARTS CENTER CAMPUS YOUTH BOARD

The Watts Towers Arts Center Campus Youth Board offers input that helps determine the needs of our young people and address issues that affect the Campus and the community at large. They provide a young peoples point of view that is fresh, enthusiastic, and a catalyst for revitalization and change. This Board also provides leadership and support for all activities of the Campus that inspire and foster a nurturing environment that helps to build, encourage growth, development and an appreciation for Museum and Art education. The WTACC Youth Board provides learning opportunities for hands on and interactive involvement with community leaders and mentors.

 

WATTS/CENTURY LATINO ORGANIZATION

Founded by Arturo Ybarra in 1990, the Watts/Century Latino Organization (WCLO) was created to improve the quality of life for all Watts residents by promoting positive interethnic relations through its annual Latino/African American Watts Cinco De Mayo Festival and establishing neighborhood citizenship classes. In partnership with the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus, WCLO continues to lead our community by honoring differences and building mutual trust and respect through sustainable practices. (323) 564- 9140.

PARTNERSHIPS

 

  • Heart of Watts Project

  • California Science Center

  • Los Angeles Unified School District

  • King Drew Magnet High School of Science and Medicine

  • LA’s Best

  • Coachart

  • Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

  • Getty Multicultural Internship Program

  • Oakwood School – Claire Friedman and teachers of the third grade classes

  • Tortoise and Turtle Care Society – Peggy Nichols, Norma Rosen

  • LA CityView Channel 35

  • R. Cloud House

  • Diavolo

  • Mills Creek Equestrian Center Horses in the Hood

  • Families In Schools- Passport to Success

  • Watts/Century Latino Organization

  • Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative