Los Angeles County’s Grand Park, powered by The Music Center, will celebrate its 10th anniversary as the park for everyone with a series of signature events that will take place from July through October, culminating in a multidimensional weekend-long 10th anniversary celebration.
When the first two blocks of the 12-acre park were opened on July 26, 2012, Grand Park immediately transformed an underutilized, neglected and unknown piece of real estate plagued by grade changes, lack of visibility from the street and garage access ramps into Los Angeles’ central gathering space.
Now, more than one million Angelenos visit the park annually to enjoy its multiple lawns, gardens and stages, and experience cultural, community and civic events, festivals, holiday celebrations, outdoor health and wellness activities. The third and fourth blocks of the park opened on Oct. 6, 2012, completing a 12-year planning process.
Originally conceived as a dynamic cultural and global crossroads, Grand Park has become an authentic space that demonstrates what it means to be a reflection of one of the most diverse, dynamic and complex counties in the nation. Throughout the past 10 years, the vision has become a reality, with the park honoring the creativity of Angelenos through its free year-round programming rooted in hometown pride.
Grand Park has joined forces with more than 250 community and county partners and more than 1,000 artists spanning a broad mix of genres, from dance to music to visual art, ranging from poet Amanda Gorman to musical artist Aloe Blacc.
The partners bring their rich experiences and perspectives to create a tapestry in the park that is uniquely L.A. The park’s programming is often co-produced and co-created with local artists and community partners from across Los Angeles County, putting their voices at the forefront of the prominent public space and creating a powerful platform for empowerment, joy and well-being.
“Grand Park nurtures a sense of belonging in a complex and ever-changing world,” The Music Center president and CEO Rachel S. Moore said. “Whether we want a place to celebrate, learn, create, rest, reflect or exercise, Grand Park offers all of us a welcome reprieve from the daily hustle and bustle. It is a beautiful green oasis that contributes to the physical, psychological and social well-being of every person in Los Angeles. We are honored to be the county’s partner in programming and operating a beautiful open space that has transformed downtown Los Angeles and touched millions of lives and communities across L.A.”
Over the next five months, Grand Park will hold a number of free events, including Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party, B-Boy Summit, Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, DTLA Proud, Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos and Grand Park’s NYELA, each of which will acknowledge the anniversary. The anniversary celebration will culminate on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a free evening concert open to the public and a family fun day the following day on Sunday, Oct. 9.
In addition, Grand Park will launch Grand Park’s Uncovering L.A. Initiative, a 10-year project focused on the development of an interpretive pathway and outdoor storytelling gallery. The pathway will amplify the historical and cultural connections many diverse communities have to the park, but whose histories are not currently visible or evident to park visitors. Inspired by advocacy, with visioning led by the indigenous communities of Los Angeles whose land Grand Park sits on, the community-driven project will make Grand Park an even more inclusive and accessible urban space that illuminates the past, present and future. The pathway will launch in October with temporary art installations to be added in 2023, starting with projects that uncover the indigenous stewardship of the Grand Park site.
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