With a scattering of chairs and a few easels of paper, Justin Jampol, the Executive Director of the Wende Museum, invited ideas for what could be created on the smaller site located next door at 10858 Culver Boulvard, and people were pleased to participate.
The Wende, working with the city, completely renovated and refurbished the old Armory building on Culver Boulevard into a world-class home for their collection of cold war artifacts, moving from a smaller space in Fox Hills in November of 2017. Now that the Armory has been updated, the options of how to improve the contiguous site are open to discussion.
The community event on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 drew more than thirty interested and creative folks to talk about how the nearby site, home to two derelict buildings overlooking the community gardens, could be put to better use in the future. After an informal reception in the garden, forum goers were brought inside to consider categories of Arts and Culture, Education and A Thriving Community. The Culver City residents who had RSVP’d for the workshop brainstormed for almost 90 minutes. Jampol noted that the project had to stay on its current ‘footprint,’ so there would be a limit of about 6,000 square feet and two stories.
With the concept of a ‘cultural corridor’ already being promoted by the city, lining the Wende up with the ARC Resource Center of the CC Historical Society and the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, there was a great deal of consideration as to how cultural could be promoted in this new space.
Many suggestions considered serving the diverse needs of the community, opening up educational opportunities, and creating a space where performances might be presented.
The museum already has a robust and thriving relationship with many organizations in the city, including CCUSD. Working to create a proposal for 10858 Culver Boulevard through the visioning process will help to ensure that all voices are heard.
Two more community forums are scheduled; April 26 and May 26. Check in here for more information, or contact the Wende Museum at www.wendemuseum.org
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