Culture & Civic Life
Watts Leadership Institute
An initiative of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Watts Leadership Institute (WLI) uses an innovative cohort-based model to develop a...
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 tours, lectures, and classes in multi-media arts, and produce renowned exhibits, all of which attract both local and international attention.
General Operating Support
Event - 42nd Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival
Project - Sculpture of Simon Rodia
Exhibition - Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles
Event - 41st Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival