In 2015, design east of La Brea was honored to receive its second ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for our Making LA series. The first phase of Making LA explored the Los Angeles issues of Transportation, Water, Density and Community through a series of public programs, culminating in the Making LA conference in fall of 2014.

In early 2016 we launched the second phase—Making LA: Connect, Flourish, Thrive, Prosper—with the plan to build upon our successful programming series at a design charrette to craft proposals for real-world solutions to issues facing LA.

Then we had a presidential election.

As a proposed budget seeks to completely eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, we realized that charrettes and proposals would not be enough. The de LaB community is made up of designers, architects, and artists who are out in the city working hard on real-world solutions today. We want to amplify your efforts and bring four projects—your projects—to life.

We hope to show the powerful impact that the NEA has on our cities by empowering four projects that help LA connect, flourish, thrive, and prosper.

On Saturday, June 10, Making LA Together will feature these teams pitching projects in front of a live audience that address issues of Transportation, Water, Density, and Community in Los Angeles. A panel of experts will ask questions and offer commentary about the projects, and the audience will vote for the best project in each of the four areas. We’ll work to make the winning ideas happen with a project fee of $2500 and the help of volunteers from the de LaB community. In addition to workshops and volunteer days, de LaB will also host four programs to introduce the public to each of the four completed projects.


Competing design teams

Streetwalker by The Glue
Gabba Alley Project by Gabba Gallery

Rainflowers by Rainflowers LA
Saturating LA’s Soil by Saturate

Dine Your District by Studio One Eleven and Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
Greeting Wall by Bunch Design

My Home by United Friends
Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project by Lauren Halsey


Expert panelists

Kelly Majewski, Superjacent

Daveed Kapoor, Utopiad

Juan Matute, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

John Chan, Formation Association


Project mentors

Jessica Meaney, Investing in Place
Shane Phillips, Central City Association

Jenna Didier, Materials and Applications
Linda Daley, AHBE

Ashley Atkinson, City of Los Angeles
Frances Anderton, KCRW

Brettany Shannon, USC Price School of Public Policy
Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times


Your tickets include…

A peek inside City Market South, a stunning renovation of a 10-acre site at the edge of the Fashion District that was once home to LA’s oldest produce market

Light bites and bar snacks by Mad Pambazos from 6 to 8pm (cash after 8pm)

Signature Making LA Together cocktails featuring Mixwell’s LA-inspired sodas, plus beer and wine.

Music by dublab featuring made-in-LA sounds from our favorite homegrown DJs

Installations by Assembledge as part of the Los Angeles Design Festival

Eight visions of LA’s future by The GlueGabba GalleryRainflowers LASaturateStudio One Eleven and Los Angeles Neighborhood InitiativeBunch DesignUnited Friends and Lauren Halsey.

A show of support for the future of NEA programming in Los Angeles

Please note this event is 21+