Cultural Arts

Project: ARTvetise

Pacoima Beautiful and OUTFRONT/JCDecaux, leading outdoor advertising corporation in the nation, are partnering up for Project: ARTvertise; a project designed to change the transit rider experience, by using art to activate bus shelters along Van Nuys Blvd. A call for artists was put out on March6, 2017, through social media outlets, working contacts, art collectives, and The Daily News. Creatives throughout Pacoima and City of Los Angeles were inspired by this project and the response was overwhelming! The opportunity to transform bus shelters into creative canvasses was accepted by over 35 artists and we received 130+ art submissions. A review panel will select final art work that will be printed and installed on selected bus shelters along the Van Nuys corridor. These pieces will be temporarily installed, and installations will be rotated, giving multiple artists an opportunity to display their work publicly, and become stewards of creative placemaking in Pacoima.

Museo Al Aire Libre “Open Air Museum”

In 2016, Museo al Aire Libre or “Open Air Museum” was introduced to the community of Pacoima, six art installations were erected in the form of 8’ ft x 8’ ft wooden panels on the corner of Van Nuys Blvd and Kewen St. These art installations and other disparate projects along the Van Nuys corridor are meant to supplement the cultural canvass in the community, activate public space, and promote civic engagement. These art installations will be rotating, sharing this opportunity with numerous local artists in the community. Artists, art enthusiasts, and community members, have embraced these wooden art panels that create a sense of belonging but also has become a key wayfinding feature in the community of Pacoima, supplemental to the Mural Mile. Come see the art panels live at 13489 Van Nuys Blvd Pacoima CA!

Clean Energy Art Exhibit 2017

On January 17, 2017, Pacoima Beautiful put out a call for artists for our first ever 3-day pop-up Clean Energy Art Exhibit. As an environmental justice organization we continue to spread awareness and advocate for renewable clean sources of energy that promote a more sustainable future. In order to create this awareness, PB sought the support of the arts. Through artistic expression from various participants we continued this conversation through various mediums. A reach of 40+ artists of various ages, responded to the call for artists enthusiastic to participate. Art submissions were to feature clean sources of energy such as; water, sun, wind, waves, or the artists own interpretation of our theme. We hosted 60+ art submissions at our Clean Energy Pop up Exhibit and received an incredible response from participating artists and visitors who participated in our art exhibit. Guests described our exhibit to be “very educational”, “eye opening”, and “impactful”. Check out our social media for a peek at our Clean Energy Art Exhibit 2017 or watch the video below!

Utility Boxes

In 2013 Pacoima Beautiful teamed up with local artists and community members to create beautiful works of art on various utility boxes along the Van Nuys Blvd. corridor. The purpose of the boxes is to create placemaking. Painting the boxes takes something that we see every day and transforms it into something that the community can appreciate. We use the same message of “Keep Pacoima Beautiful” on the boxes to promote civic pride and community beautification.

Utility Boxes were created by Kristy Sandoval (Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys); YUTEP (Kewen at Van Nuys); Raul Guerra (Sutter at Van Nuys); Rosa Flores & YUTEP (Van Nuys and Borden) and Jairo Castillo & YUTEP (Van Nuys and Kewen).

Keep Pacoima Beautiful Mural

In the fall of 2013 Jorge Madrid of the Environmental Defense Fund, internationally acclaimed artist Kristy Sandoval and Pacoima Beautiful came together with community members to design and execute a clean energy themed mural at the Pacoima Community Center (11243 Glenoaks Blvd. Pacoima, CA. 91331). The mural features a monarch butterfly sitting on the stem of a plant that is growing inside of a light bulb which is being powered by solar panels.  The bright blue solar panels and vibrant light bulb illustrate the energy and the power of the people who participated in making this mural a reality. This mural is the first mural to be approved by the City of Los Angeles’ Mural Ordinance process.

Ballet Folklórico Joyas Divinas del Valle

Joyas Divinas del Valle is a joint effort between the Foothill Division of the Los Angeles Police Department and Pacoima Beautiful. Joyas Divinas del Valle believes in “Keeping Latino Heritage Alive” by preserving and enriching Latino culture through the art of dance. Pacoima Beautiful believes in culturally relevant programming thus, it was a natural fit when expanding our existing Healthy Eating and Active Living programs to partner with the Joyas. Ballet Folklorico has many health benefits and also enriches the lives of the youth with the history of the traditional dances, while instilling the confidence required to dance, be a part of a team and encourage active civic participation.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Elly Alvarez at (661) 388-8455 or email joyasdivinasdelvalle@gmail.com

  • Chiquititas 6:00pm to 7:45pm on Monday's at Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima CA. 91331 Cost: $30 a month
  • Juniors 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday's  at Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima CA. 91331 Cost: $30 a month
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