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 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.

Making LA Together will be held on the evening of Saturday, June 10 at City Market South, a brand-new creative space located in one of LA’s oldest produce markets, as part of the Los Angeles Design Festival.

How to apply

Have a project to pitch at Making LA Together? Fill out a brief survey by Monday, May 1; all details here. Finalists selected to present at Making LA Together will be announced the first week of May and asked to prepare a 5-minute, fast-pitch presentation with visuals onstage at the Making LA Together event. (Think Project Runway meets Shark Tank).

Here’s how to apply.