The Northeast Los Angeles River Collaborative Enlists KCET Departures for Innovative Community Revitalization and Civic Engagement Project | KCET
The Northeast Los Angeles River Collaborative Enlists KCET Departures for Innovative Community Revitalization and Civic Engagement Project
to be unveiled on Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. at Marsh Park in Elysian Valley
Burbank, CA - January 23, 2013 - KCETLink,
the new national independent public media organization created by KCET's recent
merger with the Bay Area-based independent media company, Link Media, today
announced the innovative partnership between KCET Departures and the Northeast Los
Angeles (NELA) River Collaborative.
An interdisciplinary project, funded
by the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which includes Housing
and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation and the
Environmental Protection Agency, the NELA River Collaborative process builds
upon the growing momentum of efforts already underway to transform the Los
Angeles River into a "riverfront district" and to create a focal point of
community revitalization, recreational activities, environmental stewardship,
sustainable civic engagement and economic growth.
The NELA Riverfront Collaborative will
affect the communities of Atwater Village, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park,
Cypress Park and Lincoln Park.
Details of the project will be
introduced to the community during a press event on Jan. 24, 2013 from 9-10
a.m. at Marsh Park in Elysian Valley, 2960 Marsh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039.
"This initiative is truly
groundbreaking and we're excited to participate in such an important project
for the future of the Los Angeles," said Juan Devis, KCET's Vice President of
Arts and Culture Programming and Producer of KCET's Departures. "Our installment on the Los Angeles River is an
integral part of our success. We're
pleased to be the media voice for the community and hope to bring a new level
of engagement to the region."
Currently, KCET Departures has installed kiosks in the neighborhoods and online at
www.mylariver.org asking people to
complete the sentence, "I want my river to be..." The site will later
become an online hub for all things NELA, allowing residents to show the city
what makes their neighborhood so distinct, but also give real-time feedback to proposed
projects that grow out of the NELA Riverfront Collaborative effort.
The NELA Riverfront Collaborative team
is led by the Los Angeles Community Development Department, and includes the
Los Angeles Planning Department, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation,
Workforce Investment Board, University of Southern California Annenberg School
for Communication and Journalism's Metamorphosis Project, Occidental College's
Urban Environmental Policy Institute, KCET Departures,
the L.A. River Revitalization Corporation, Tierra West Advisors and the L.A.
On-air, online and in the community,
KCETLink is a donor-supported independent public media organization distributed
via satellite nationally on DirecTV and DISH and via broadcast in Southern and
Central California. For additional information about KCETLink productions,
web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit
kcet.org or linktv.org.
KCET Departures provides a 360º
people-centric experience; is participatory in nature; and serves as a central
nexus in people sharing, commenting, collaborating, and finding ways to be
involved in their communities. These relationships are fostered offline and on
by engaging community residents, non-profit organizations, schools and
students, in the creation and procurement of relevant and relatable content.
From development to production, the neighborhood and its community (the stake
holders) are involved in the process of production, resulting in a tight knit
between the aspirations of the local community and the station. Departures is a
participatory platform, a series, and a network where people can convene
information and ideas about our city and its people, and engage in the interpretation
of the city that we live in. Departures is
funded by The Boeing Company, California Council for the Humanities and the
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.