LA2050 is an initiative for a shared vision of Los Angeles. Led by the Goldhirsh Foundation, LA2050 is dedicated to driving and tracking progress towards that vision. This year they have accepted qualified submissions to apply for a $100,000 grant in the categories of PLAY, CONNECT, LIVE, CREATE, and LEARN.

Here at Citizens Of Culture we are big supporters of LA2050 and with all the submissions we wanted to help our community sort through all of the wonderful selections. We’ve combed through each of the categories for projects that we think are most interesting to our editors and have picked a few selects to highlight in each category.

Everyone of the applicants aspires to do something amazing for the city, we simply wanted to lend our support to a few of the ones that resonated with us deeply.

Voting began on September 2nd and will continue until Tuesday September 12th, stay tuned as well post updates on all the categories.


Check out who we like, and why, and feel free to check out other applicants here and tell us who you will be voting for in the comments as well.

Category : LEARN


WHO WE LIKE: Everybody Dance

everybody dance! will collaborate with 3 public schools to provide 2,400 students in kindergarten through middle school with dance classes.

Comfort in your own skin is a gift that not many people have but everyone should. How you move through out the world effects to much because of the control you have over your own body can teach you that you can have control over your surroundings. This is important to remember in adolescence as the world can feel too big at times. This program would be valuable to adults too.

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WHO WE LIKE: We Teach Kids Code

We teach HTML, CSS and JavaScript to students in Middle School and up.

As computers become ever pervasive in our world, the next generation should be equipped with basic skills to navigate and program them. Without learning this knowledge we relegate them to dependency and strip them of options in the future.


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Turning an abandoned, blighted grocery store in Compton into the Center for Sustainable Communities.


One of the great things about using an old grocery story as the site for a community center, is that the location is near certain to be perfect. The commercial grocery industry puts a lot of thought in to their site selection and because of this the community center will be centrally located to the population it serves. The mission to serve South LA is such a needed undertaking that it can’t be stated enough. This project is impactful, feasible, and important.

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WHO WE LIKE: Empowering The Future

We at DSTL Arts are expanding our current Arts Mentorship Program’s capacity, offering art workshops & establishing our own art gallery.

WHY WE LIKE THEM:  Establishing a launch pad for the youth to achieve economic success has always been a corner stone of education. This program adjusts for projected shifts in our economy by allowing teens to cultivate their creative skills.

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Since you can only vote once make sure you choose wisely. We wish best of luck to all the applicants and a bright future to the city of Los Angeles.

For more information on LA2050 visit their website or follow them on twitter. @LA2050

* members of Citizens Of Culture may know or have met members of applicant organization.


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