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Friends of the Watts Towers Arts Center


Since its founding in 1961, the Watts Towers Arts Center has served as a cultural pillar of the Watts Community. Through extensive arts education, cultural programming, and artistic and political exhibits, the Center preserves a long history of creativity and paves the way for a new generation of talented artists.

Preserving Heritage, Inspiring Innovation

Over the course of 33 years, Simon Rodia constructed the now famous Watts Towers, which is the world’s largest single construction by an individual. Since its completion in 1954, the Watts Towers have played an integral role in the culture and heritage of the Watts community. The Watts Towers Arts Center was founded in 1961. Since then, the Center has been inextricably linked to the Watts Towers, serving as a source of cultural enrichment and arts education for several generations within the community. They provide classes in multi-media arts, tours, lectures, and produce renowned exhibits, which attract both local and international attention.

GRoW Support

2018 – Project – Sculpture of Simon Rodia; Exhibition – Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles

2017 – Event – 41st Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

To learn more, visit The Watts Towers Art Center


Gregory Annenberg Weingarten with Watts Towers Arts Center artist-in-residence Charles Dickson at the unveiling of his sculpture of Simon Rodia.

Art on display at the Watts Towers Art Center.

Watts Towers Arts Center artist-in-residence, Charles Dickson at the unveiling of his Simon Rodia sculpture.

Watts Towers Arts Center celebrates the unveiling of Simon Rodia sculpture.

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten with Watts Towers Arts Center artist-in-residence Charles Dickson at the unveiling of his sculpture of Simon Rodia.

Art on display at the Watts Towers Art Center.

Watts Towers Arts Center artist-in-residence, Charles Dickson at the unveiling of his Simon Rodia sculpture.

Watts Towers Arts Center celebrates the unveiling of Simon Rodia sculpture.


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