Here in the Heart of Screenland, most of us are aware of the importance of the arts in our city’s history, present and future. My neighbors and I happen to live on one of MGM’s former backlots, and the homes around us are full of artists, documentary filmmakers, writers, musicians, producers, architects, etc. (I’m the daughter of a painter and spouse of a graphic designer myself.)
In addition to the Culver and Sony Studios, Culver City also has the biggest gallery district in Los Angeles County, two outstanding live theatres, the Kirk Douglas and Actors’ Gang, and will one day again host the Jazz Bakery – in a building by architect Frank Gehry, no less. Speaking of which, let’s not forget the outstanding “architecture as art” work in the Hayden Tract.
Other than living in a vibrant city with a definite “cool” factor, you may ask what does all this art add up to?
The answer is in the Otis Report on the Creative Economy. Here’s a hint: art is our economy.