create / 2015

Pioneer the Dreams and Aspirations of Youth & Artists in South Los Angeles

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Dreamhaus Inc.

Every year, the dreams and aspirations of many youth living in Los Angeles wanting to express their artistic talents come to a screeching halt due to a lack of creative outlets. According to the South LA Work Source Center, 4 out of 10 under privileged youth between the ages of 16-24 years old seek work experience and interest in the creative/art profession. As Otis College of Art and Design Alumni, we recognize the void and plan to fulfill it through an established community engaged art house.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • South LA
  • LAUSD

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics?

  • Employment in the creative industries
  • Arts establishments per capita
  • Jobs per capita
  • Minority- and women-owned firms
  • Gini coefficient
  • Number of high growth startups
  • Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)
  • Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)
  • Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.

Our “Artist Run Space” aims to respond to the lack of opportunity, by magnifying these artists’ works. Our project provides a platform for young artists to show their creations while networking with people in the creative circuit.

Another aspect of our mission is to increase involvement between artists and the community through community engagements, collaboration and mentorship with local elementary students. We propose creating a well-rounded organization that creates opportunities for new artists, discovers new talent from local youths, as well as generates successful fundraising events to provide for underprivileged families in the area during the holiday season.

The first event that launched Dreamhaus was its annual Toy Drive Benefit on December 13th, 2014, an event that served students at Saturn Elementary School by gifting toys during Christmas season. In addition, the benefit included a concert in collaboration with The OPM Company and Dom Kennedy. The event was open to the public and attendees were asked to either pay a $10 donation or donate a toy of at least that same value. We had over 400 attendees who came to support our cause and the event was deemed a success. In Toy Drive Benefits to come, the students who receive the toys will be mentored and collaborate with artists who participate in the Artist-Run Space to build out installations for viewing at the Toy Drive event. The Dreamhaus mission will come full circle by artists gaining experience in hosting successful gallery shows, exposing young students to a career in the arts and developing a deeper sense of community in the District 9 area.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Dreamhaus will foster an educational & artistic platform by accomplishing the following goals: (1) Showcase 20 artists; new in the professional art circuit, to help them gain experience and build their CV. These artists will have the opportunity to communicate their vision on an open forum artist discussion, showcase their artworks for a month in the Dreamhaus space, and leave with a physical catalogue that can be utilized in advancing their careers outside of Dreamhaus. (2) We will Track the number of attendees for every event. Our current (250) person core audience will increase 15-20% each quarter, reaching an audience of 400-450 by the end of the year. (3) 12 workshops that cultivate a core group of 10 kids into realizing the possibilities of art as a career. We will focus on their specific and unique ideas to help them establish a body of artwork for their art career. (4) Ensure 640 kids receive at least 5 donated gifts for the Christmas season.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support