ArtsForLA ACTIVATE Cultural Policy Fellowship, 2017-18
To establish a permanent art space that would generate creative opportunities for community members in the city of Montebello.
Veronica Diaz (former ACTIVATE 2016-17 Fellow) and Carolina Ibarra-Mendoza have successfully presented to the Montebello Historical Society the opportunity to adopt an abandoned barn built in 1898 and transform it into a future art space. Ultimately we plan to form a cohesive proposal to present to the City of Montebello and lay the groundwork for saving the abandoned historical site and transforming it into a community gallery space and art studio.
The Taylor Ranch, was once Montebello's city center. The old Taylor Ranch home was eventually torn down due to decades of neglect, the sprawling yellow ranch house is now a public park, and one of its outbuildings remains, leaving behind a red barn. This red barn was originally built in 1898 and was known by locals as an “art barn” where children learn painting and crafts, up until sometime in the 1980s.
Montebello deserves a space that supports local artists, and provides art classes to the community. What kind of art space would you like?