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.
In the News
The Watts Towers Arts Center exhibit Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles is open now through July 8. The exhibit is curated by UCLA Senior Lecturer Paul Von Blum and Watts Towers Artist-In-Residence Rosie Lee Hooks. Creative Souls strives to spotlight the work of deeply talented and multi-dimensional African American artists living in the greater Los Angeles area.
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.
In addition to providing support for their current exhibit, Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles, we have contributed to a number of other programs hosted at the Watts Towers. In 2018, we supported the commissioning of a sculpture of Simon Rodia to be placed in the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus. The statue will be created by Artist-In-Residence Charles Dickson, who has practiced sculpture for over 50 years.
In 2017, we supported the 41st Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. This event is the longest running jazz festival in Los Angeles and is free to the public, attracting thousands of visitors from both near and far. Each year, the Festival features widely celebrated jazz, gospel, and blues artists who are personally connected to the Watts Community.
To learn more, visit The Watts Towers Art Center