LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
|LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes|
|Location||501 North Main Street|
|Public transit access||Union Station|
The museum is near Olvera Street in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, also called El Pueblo. It is next to La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles, also called La Placita or Plaza Church.
The museum contains interactive exhibits designed by experience design expert Tali Krakowsky. Its president is Gustavo Herrera. It is run by the Los Angeles County, along with Los Angeles County Museum of Art and others.
County Supervisor Gloria Molina was called "one of the project's earliest supporters and, by all accounts, the person most responsible for bringing it to fruition" by the Los Angeles Times. Part of the cost was funded by Molina's county discretionary spending funds.
The center is on 2.2 acres (0.89 ha), with a price tag of $54 million and an operating budget of $850,000. It was designed by Chu+Gooding Architects. In October 2010, human remains were discovered from an old cemetery. 118 bodies were removed before community concerns about the possible Native American origin of the remains and poor archaeological handling halted the construction in January 2011. Referring to an Environmental Impact Report conducted by Sapphos Environmental, Gloria Molina said "Had they done better work, we wouldn't be in this situation." Remains were taken to the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.
David de la Torre was the curator of the center.
- Tobar, Hector (1 April 2011). "An apology comes too late; Mishandling of buried remains mars Molina's dream museum". Los Angeles Times. p. A2.
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- Adelman, Jacob (14 January 2011). "LA Plaza De Cultura y Artes Construction Put On Hold After Human Remains Discovered". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
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