WATTS TOWERS by Sam Rodia
the Watts Towers Arts Center

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MANIFESTATIONS
Contact: Rosie Lee Hooks, Director
Phone: 213.847.4646

ARTIST TALK

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In the center of Watts sits the enigmatic art project of Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia, whose monumental mosaic-covered spires are now seen as an architectural and sculptural masterpiece. This compelling film, cited by Nonfics.com as one of the 20 best documentaries about Los Angeles, paints a rich portrait of the Watts Towers, their struggle for survival from demolition by the city and the lone man who created them over a 30-year period. Made with exclusive access to Rodia’s family and the cooperation of the Watts community, the film also details the growth of the conditions that led to the violence of 1965… and to Watts embracing the Towers as a symbol of freedom and initiative. “…the film is wonderful: lyrical, well-made and edited, and compelling…” - Ken Burns

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A SPECIAL THANKS YOU
TO
FRIENDS OF WATTS TOWERS ARTS CENTER

Often we get so comfortable with those who are our foundation that we forget to single them out and say Thank You.

We take this opportunity to do just that. The Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center are a major source of support to us. Some of their funding contributions make it possible for us to:


• Produce our Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival
• Underwrite Receptions for Openings of Exhibitions, Recitals, etc.
• Provide After School Snack Program
• Provide Supplies for Classes
• Offer One on One Tutoring
• Support Garden Studio AIR Program (Artist in Residence)
• Graphic Designer for Materials to Publicize and Market our Festivals i.e., Festival Art, Mailers, Study Guides, etc.
• And Much, Much, More

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WHEN YOU VISIT - HAVE A LOOK AT THE
Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center Museum Store

for one of a kind art pieces

Available now

The Watts Towers 50 Years Inspiring Art Commemorative Program 1959-2009

ASK ABOUT OUR FUNDRAISING PROJECTS

Heart of Watts Project Watts Towers Project
Limited Edition Post Cards Limited Edition T-shirts

WISH LIST

New Computers and Printers
Sculpture of Simon Rodia
String Bass
Photo Archivist
Replacement of lost trees
Sculpture of Charles Mingus
Mural Restoration
Upgraded Sound System
Additional Staff
Rebuild Simon Rodia’s House
Marquis for Watts Towers Arts Center & Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center
Representation of the Watts Towers in the DWP Holiday Lights at Griffith Park


Note: Yamaha C7 Grand Piano donated by Wade & Jerri Childress in honor of their aunt Jari Havlena. Thank You

Thank you
For holding us up and preserving

The Watts Towers Arts Center
The Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center

And supporting continuing arts education programming
at the Watts Towers Campus

THANK YOU

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Councilmember Joe Buscaino

City of Los Angeles City Council

The Greater Watts Community

Parents and Students

Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center

Watts Towers Community Action Council

The Committee for Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts

Mayor’s Task Force

Staff of the Watts Towers Arts Center & The Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center

Artists and musicians

Local, national and international visitors to the Watts Campus

And to the thousands of others who continue to add their voices
to save this essential, 52 year old Arts Education Institution
and Community Arts Center!

 

 

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