Tell us… which of these proposals will
make Los Angeles the best place to create?
Public voting has started! Vote by April 29, 2019.
Learn about the challenge.
3-D SPACE Stereoscopic Photography Workshop
3-D SPACE will implement an ongoing program of public presentations, classes and workshops in stereoscopic 3-D content creation, from 3-D photography and filmmaking to immersive virtual reality. These programs will include outreach to LA's underserved communities, and also specialized educational initiatives for LA's creative youth and senior populations.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
The Bob Baker Department of Historic Sustainability
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is LA Historic Cultural Landmark #958. Having recently faced eviction at our home of 55 years, the outpouring of support when our company thrived instead of closing down was enormous, and we want to use LA2050 to create an active sharing resource where historic organizations and threatened institutions can use our new space in Highland Park to explore sustainable, innovative ways in which history is not only preserved but feasibly carried forth into the future.
B~STEM Project Foundation
The 12-week comprehensive program is designed to give participants a 360° immersive hands-on experience. It allows emerging talent an opportunity to explore how their interests and skill sets align with different areas. In addition, they gain work-relevant skills and abilities that are widely used across all industry sectors and job families. Participants engage in various aspects of entertainment, arts and media with a focus on technology.
Cal State L.A. University Auxiliary Services, Inc.
Cal State LA's Civic & Social Innovation Group (CaSIG)
We propose the CaSIG Rooted Innovation Incubator (RII) as the vehicle to equip Cal State LA students to spark social enterprises and nonprofits throughout LA that facilitate economic opportunity and promote progress in a number of issues. The RII changes the game of social innovation for students who are intimately aware of their communities’ needs and opens doors for brilliant students who are under-resourced to develop their ideas and climb the economic ladder as they serve their communities.
Circle of Friends- The Path to Inclusion, a project of Community Partners
L'Atelier LA -Experience Fashionclusion
L’Atelier LA provides a creative outlet and career exploration for youth marginalized by disability or adversity. Inspired by “Project Runway,” inclusive teams face challenges like: Expressing yourself and your dreams though your look, repurposing material for affordable, ecological fashion, and creating adaptive clothing for people of all abilities. L’Atelier will culminate with an amazing runway show and documentary planned, designed and modeled and filmed by students of all abilities.
Community Vitalization Council
Catapulting LA's Small Businesses Into Global Markets
The International Business Accelerator has worked with more than 30 companies (60% women founders and nearly 50% minority owned). We have found that a major obstacle for companies to export are requirements for large (container load) shipments and the IBA has developed a strategy and series of incentives to address this problem. In conjunction with LMU, we will work with 20 LA county companies in two cohorts with the goal to create $1 million in new revenue, 20 direct jobs and 60 indirect jobs.
Creator Force at Civic Nation
We need support to launch Creator Force to expand and diversify the Creative Class. We will launch providing insight into the jobs that exist behind the scenes of content they are already consuming. Our “Get Paid for What” feature will highlight the roles that exist in the Creative Class. We’ll also provide free online creative classes via CreativeLive and connect young people to local nonprofits and creative companies for access to creative professionals.
Defy Ventures, Inc.
Defy equips program participants (whom we call Entrepreneurs in Training, or EITs) with the skills and tools to become productive and committed employees, business owners, and community members. Defy operates its core program, CEO of Your New Life (CEO YNL) in six SoCal prisons (where nearly 50% of our current EITs will release to LA County), and in two transitional facilities in LA County. After EITs are released, they can enroll in our post-release programs, including a business incubator.
In growing an entire media network we need support to continue to build out a podcasting studio, hire technicians, producers, purchase equipment and develop podcasts with our creators by hiring them support staff.
CREATING CLOTHING FROM TRASH
EVERYBODY.WORLD is creating exciting new textiles and garments completely from manufacturing waste. The global success of our first product, the Trash Tee, made from 100% Recycled Cotton, has inspired us to expand the program to include three additional textiles—made in Los Angeles from fabric to finish—from trash. Recycled, recyclable, biodegradable—and as a business, scalable.
On the Road: LA
On the Road: LA allows Angelenos to discover LA through the lens of underrepresented people (immigrants, people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ). Film Independent will award five grants to filmmakers to create short films about the intersections of identity and culture in LA. Films will explore an LA neighborhood— titled by an intersection—and screen at our inclusion summit with a panel discussion, helping to further dialogue between Angelenos and communities under attack.
Global LA: Opening Up The World To LA's Brands & Workforce
GetGlobal seeks to enhance its ability to activate its partnership network and attract foreign investors to the LA area, as well as recruit companies and stakeholders in the LA region that are capable of engaging in meaningful international business activity to access the world's 7.7 billion consumers. This requires GetGlobal to increase its marketing and partnership coordination efforts. Accomplishing this will improve access to capital, increase jobs, reinforce LA's global competitiveness.
Homeboy will help make Los Angeles a better place to create job opportunities for the formerly incarcerated
Each year, Homeboy Industries serves over 8,000 clients with a wide-range of trauma-informed services, employing over 400 clients as trainees in transitional employment. With seven social enterprises and various relationships with felon-friendly employers, Homeboy acts as a promising employment launch point for many Angelenos with a criminal record. Our unique healing-focused and community-based model gives trainees an unparalleled level of support during their transformational journey.
Youth Entrepreneur Training Program
We would like support in funding our Youth Entrepreneur Training Program. This program is 4-6 week youth development/leadership program that provides engaging and activity based workshops that provide youth with the technical skills needed to begin a successful career and start their own business in LA. Youth learn about business entities, licences/permits, marketing, networking, communication, social skills, managing finances, access to capital, credit, business plan and resume development.
Infinity Studio 8
We seek support to help cover the costs of a physical space and the resources needed to operate an incubator production studio that serves as a safe place to create sound, art, vision and expression. Through workshops, guest speakers, access to experts and mentors, we bring artists together to inspire conversation and spark collaboration across projects. During other operating hours we facilitate artist development, content production, go to market strategy and storyline creation.
Justice for My Sister Collective
Black, Indigenous and People of Color Futurisms Screenwriting Lab (Futurisms)
Futurisms is an intensive nine-month sci-fi/fantasy genre screenwriting fellowship for aspiring filmmakers of color. Ten fellows (ages 18-30) will receive advanced screenwriting training, mentorship, and industry exposure as they develop original science-fiction and fantasy short film or TV scripts. Scripts will be read at a series of stage readings with industry professionals in attendance to garner interest and visibility for their projects.
LA Bioscience Hub
Biotech Leaders Academy: Fostering a new generation of diverse biotech entrepreneurs through hands-on work and mentorship
LABH, in collaboration with East Los Angeles College and Pasadena City College, will grow the Biotech Leaders Academy - a summer program that introduces East LA students to the possibilities of becoming a biotech entrepreneur. As we embark on our 4th year, we will place more community college students into internships with biotech companies that give them valuable experience. Students will also attend an entrepreneurship academy that introduces them to pathways for creating a biotech startup.
Los Angeles Blockchain Lab
Los Angeles Blockchain Lab, Education Center
There are tremendous job opportunities as the World Economic Forum estimates 10% of Global GDP will be stored on blockchain by 2027. Unfortunately very few women and minorities are participating in this new technology. As such, we, in partnership with USC, are providing “certified” blockchain training to young women in Afghanistan and will launch a similar program in LA for women, minorities, and disadvantaged youth. Our hopes are to connect local graduates with internships and jobs in LA.
Los Angeles Review of Books
LARB/USC Publishing Workshop
Our Publishing Workshop is committed to recruiting and training underrepresented students looking to start careers in publishing. We increase access to an industry traditionally centered in New York City and built on unpaid internships, legacy connections, and workshops that offer little to no financial aid. By contrast, we work to ensure that all qualified participants can participate regardless of their finances. We concentrate especially on building the publishing industry here in LA.
MRS HR Jobs Portal
To design and maintain an applicant portal that will connect candidates to open jobs that support ending homelessness in Los Angeles County. The portal will cater to applicants that have lived experience in homelessness, criminal justice, and substance abuse.
Natch is a local shopping app that shows you and brings you things people around you make or do. So we make it easier to do your shopping from local shops by creating a marketplace where anybody that has something they want to sell, whether they're bakers, food makers, clothing brands, or farmers, can have their own local shop and have their products delivered to your door each day.
New America CA
RiseLocal LA: Amplifying LA’s Equity Innovators
Economic inequality in LA is among the worst in the nation. But Angelenos are bringing their signature creativity and hustle to beat it. RiseLocal LA will be a day-long solutions workshop, connecting up-and-coming innovators with established efforts and celebrating what’s working in economic equity, as well as generating new solutions and providing a set of post-session seed grants to support the day’s most promising, action-ready ideas.
Perceptoscope: Immersive Experiences for Public Spaces
With recent support from a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant, Perceptoscope is currently undergoing a feasibility study around the effectiveness of the project at various sites around Los Angeles. Pilot deployments will begin later this year at the La Brea Tar Pits. Support from LA2050 would compliment the pure R&D funding provided by National Science Foundation to better allow for experience development and deployment with our partner locations.
Red Hen Press
Get Lit with Red Hen Press: Support LA Publishing
Red Hen Press will provide opportunities for minority populations to establish their place in the American literary canon by publishing works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The press will also organize several free or low-cost literary events, award prizes to excellent emerging authors, and provide free creative writing workshops and books to low-income youth in Los Angeles.
The Institution for Art and Olfaction
Perfume Garden at GrowGood
We will plant and maintain a garden devoted to botanical aromatics, serving the community of homeless men, and women (many of them veterans) housed at the adjacent Bell Homeless Shelter. This Perfume Garden will be activated by a rich slate of workshops on topics relating to scent as an accessible and meaningful creative practice. Garden and workshops alike will serve GrowGood’s mission to provide green space, work opportunities and a beautiful space for the shelter’s population.
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative (ECCII)
NALIP’s Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative (ECCII) aims to provide support to young creators through forums, networking, mentorships, summer programs, workshops, and funding for projects that will be used for entrance into higher-education institutions. This activation targets young creatives who wish to enter the entertainment sphere but lack the knowledge, resources and mentorship.
The Tiyya Foundation
Flavors from Afar
Born from the success of Tiyya is our newest endeavor, Flavors from Afar, a modern catering service providing social impact in the Greater Los Angeles Region. We invite members Angelenos to experience the tastes of cultures ranging from the Mediterranean to the horn of Africa at our gatherings or delivered to their home & office. Focused on international-inspired food, Flavors from Afar specializes in fresh ingredients prepared by artisan chefs who happen to be former refugees & asylum seekers.
Two Bit Circus Foundation
STEAM Lab Makerspace: Pio Pico Public Library at Koreatown/Los Angeles
Imagine that in addition to information, your local library also offered access to advanced technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, and circuit board printing, along with the know-how the community needed to put the power of innovation into everyone’s hands. 2BCF’s LA Makerspace division, in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library system, is bringing exactly that to the Library’s Koreatown Branch in the form of LA’s first Family Makerspace. Free to the public, families, and individuals of all economic situations and cultural backgrounds will be able to develop new interests and new skills for the much-needed tech workforce, and to create new products and launch small businesses, always with a commitment to environmental sustainability. And finally, it will be a flagship and training space for librarians, educators, and other community leaders to spark their own Makerspaces and Maker programs.
Venice Community Housing
Bring Art Back to Venice
Venice Community Housing (VCH) kindly requests support for its art installation project, an activity of the organization’s Arts Community Collective (ArtsC2), in order to bridge the gap between art & architecture as it relates to affordable housing. The project is a manifestation of this purpose, as VCH works to add mural paintings and art installations to its permanent supportive housing & affordable housing properties.
W Tenth Co
West Tenth - A Modern Main Street
West Tenth aims to unleash the potential of the women in LA, creating 10,000+ local, women-led businesses along the way. West Tenth is a digital marketplace that encourages women who have left the workforce to market (and monetize) their everyday talents to their neighbors, friends, and communities. Where some may see a woman with just a cute photography hobby or a knack for home organizing or decorating, West Tenth sees a potential entrepreneur. Help CREATE the West Tenth vision: a modern, women-led main street.
Women In Film
The Campus to Career Initiative
Entertainment is one of LA's biggest industries, yet its leadership does not accurately represent the people of LA: 23% of leadership positions are held by women; women of color, 5%. Women In Film, in partnership with The California State University Entertainment Alliance, will launch the Campus to Career Initiative for women from underrepresented communities in LA County. These students will receive engaged, personalized guidance through their journeys from internship to employment in Hollywood
Women's Center For Creative Work
A Permanent Home for WCCW!
In early 2020, WCCW's five year lease will be up, and we will set out to cooperatively purchase a permanent home for the organization. The security of a space is fundamental in continuing to serve the community of women and nonbinary creative practitioners that has synthesized around WCCW, and to grow our collective resource offerings including a co-work space, artist in residence program and exhibition space, a print lab and press, a feminist library, and many programs, events, and workshops.