In 1922, in the burgeoning area of downtown Los Angeles known as Little Tokyo, leaders of three separate struggling Japanese missions combined their efforts to create one strong church. They called it the Japanese Union Church. As construction workers and parishioners lowered the ceremonial cornerstone that year, they were laying a foundation built on unity and co-existence -- values that would continue to be represented throughout the life of the structure.
Today the simple yet grand four-columned Colonial building houses the Union Center for the Arts. It stands as a monument to what can be accomplished when cooperation, understanding, and the singular vision of a community guides the way.