Preserve, designate and save Corita’s former studio, 5518 Franklin Avenue

Dear Cultural Heritage Commission,

We urge that the planned demolition of 5518 Franklin Avenue be stopped immediately. We ask that this building receive historic designation, preservation, and further acknowledgement as the former working studio of artist, educator, and social justice advocate, Corita Kent.

In an unprecedented year of social injustice and unrest, we implore that the Cultural Heritage Commission acknowledge Corita’s contributions to the social and cultural fabric of Los Angeles. As it currently stands, Corita’s former studio blends quietly into the daily activities of the surrounding Hollywood landscape. Yet, this unassuming building is inextricably tied to a profound and productive period in Corita’s life and a singular moment in Los Angeles history. During the socially and politically tumultuous decade of the sixties, Corita was teaching, lecturing, and creating some of her most celebrated work. Corita challenged her students to use their own talents for the greater good, often using art as a form of expression to advocate for social justice. This history continues to inspire and reflect the values of the creative and cultural community of Los Angeles. It is paramount that this building not be destroyed for more parking spaces, but remembered for generations to come.

The historic designation of Corita’s studio offers a rare opportunity for the City of Los Angeles to preserve the vital history and legacy of a woman who shattered stereotypes as a “Pop-art nun” and “joyous revolutionary.” We believe that such designation should not only be contingent on the architecture of a building alone but also the meaningful and inspiring activities that took place there. Corita Kent is a globally beloved artist and educator, and the art and pedagogy she cultivated within her studio taught a generation to lead with love.

We urge that 5518 Franklin Avenue receive historical designation as a Historic Cultural Monument for its cultural contributions to Los Angeles.

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