Help Save Corita’s Studio
& Preserve Her Legacy

#GetWithTheAction
#SaveCoritasStudio

The Corita Art Center team and allies are organizing an urgent campaign and we need your support! We recently learned that the art studio at 5518 Franklin Ave. in Los Angeles, where Corita worked throughout the ‘60s and made some of her most important work, is slated for demolition. The developer plans to demolish the building in order to accommodate additional parking for a project which would convert the Rite Aid at 1841 Western Ave. into a Lazy Acres Natural Market. We believe the site should be properly reviewed for historic designation before redevelopment plans continue. Please contact representatives from Council District 13 and express your concerns (see contact info below). We will update this page as we have more information on action steps you can take. Thank you for supporting the preservation of Corita’s legacy!

PLEASE ACT NOW!

We need to ensure our voices are heard to allow enough time to hold off the project until the site is given proper consideration by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission. Help spread the word! Do you have a friend or family member who also loves Corita? Share these resources so that they too can chime in. Call / email scripts, contact info, and shareable social media assets below.

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Help save Corita Kent’s studio and preserve her legacy! Let Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and the Los Angeles CD13 office know that Corita's studio matters and request they halt its demolition until it is reviewed for historic designation. More info at corita.org/action #SaveCoritasStudio #GetWithTheAction

Contact The Following


Mitch O’Farrell (LA City Council Member Representing the 13th District)
councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org
Hollywood Field Office: (213) 207–3015 — City Hall Office: (213) 473–7013


Craig Bullock (CD13 Planning Director) — craig.bullock@lacity.org


Amy Ablakat (CD13 Planning Deputy) — amy.ablakat@lacity.org


Sean Starkey (CD13 Hollywood Field Deputy) — sean.starkey@lacity.org

Email & Call Scripts

We encourage you to use the scripts below or create your own! Please be civil and respectful with outreach on the phone, via email, or if attending Zoom meetings/public hearings.


If you are a Council District 13 Stakeholder

(meaning you live, work, study, worship or own property in the area)


Not sure? Enter an address here to determine what council district it falls under.


Short script: Hi my name is ____ and I [live/work/study/worship] in the Council Member’s district. I am very concerned about the slated demolition of 5518 Franklin Ave, formerly the studio of globally renowned artist Corita Kent in the 1960s, to provide additional parking spots for the Lazy Acres Market redevelopment project. I urge you not to approve this project until the building has been properly considered by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission. Thank you.


Long script: Hi my name is ____ and I [live/work/study/worship] in the Council Member’s district. I am very concerned about the slated demolition of 5518 Franklin Ave, formerly the studio of famed local artist, educator, and social justice advocate Corita Kent in the 1960s, to provide additional parking spots for the Lazy Acres Market redevelopment project. Corita Kent is a cultural icon of Los Angeles and during her time in the building, she made some of her most recognizable works, hosted notable creative leaders, and influenced a generation of young artists through her art and teaching. Corita was a nun who taught and led the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College that was located across the street. Demolition of this building without proper consideration of its historical significance would be a grave misstep and could lead to the irreversible loss of priceless cultural heritage for Hollywood and broader Los Angeles. We want plans for development that align with our values - destroying a location of such artistic and cultural significance to accommodate additional parking does not. I urge you not to approve this project until the building has been properly considered by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission. Thank you.


If you are not a Council District 13 Stakeholder


Short script: Hi my name is ____ and I am a concerned community member. I am [writing/calling] about the slated demolition of 5518 Franklin Ave, formerly the studio of globally renowned artist Corita Kent in the 1960s, to provide additional parking spots for the Lazy Acres Market redevelopment project. I urge you not to approve this project until the building has been properly considered by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission. Thank you.


Long script: Hi my name is ____ and I am a concerned community member. I am [writing/calling] about the slated demolition of 5518 Franklin Ave, formerly the studio of famed local artist, educator, and social justice advocate Corita Kent in the 1960s, to provide additional parking spots for the Lazy Acres Market redevelopment project. Corita Kent is a cultural icon of Los Angeles and during her time in the building, she made some of her most recognizable works, hosted notable creative leaders, and influenced a generation of young artists through her art and teaching. Corita was a nun who taught and led the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College that was located across the street. Demolition of this building without proper consideration of its historical significance would be a grave misstep and could lead to the irreversible loss of priceless cultural heritage for Hollywood and broader Los Angeles. We want plans for development that align with our values - destroying a location of such artistic and cultural significance to accommodate additional parking does not. I urge you not to approve this project until the building has been properly considered by the Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission. Thank you.

Further Reference Information


LA City Planning Case Summary & Documents Case #: ZA-2019-6570-CUB-SPP-SPPA


What Now LA Article detailing that Sun Cleaners will be demolished to accommodate additional parking (up from 85 to 95 spaces)


The Esotouric Blog


Excerpt of Thomas Conrad’s Alleluia (1967) that features Corita and a student walking from The Market Basket into the studio at 5518 Franklin.