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CII’s Watts Campus Takes Shape

Children’s Institute recently celebrated an exciting milestone in the construction of our new Frank Gehry-designed Watts campus: Topping Off, or placing the final beam on the building. To commemorate the occasion, a small group of staff and construction workers signed the beam before it was put in place.

County of L.A. & SEED Foundation hold groundbreaking for School

Metro, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles and the SEED Foundation, today broke ground on the Vermont Manchester Transit Priority Project, which will dramatically transform a dirt lot the size of two city blocks that has been blighted for almost 30 years.

Jordan Downs Plaza Development

Primestor Development, along with Nadel Architecture + Planning as architect, has completed the development of Freedom Plaza, the retail component of the Jordan Downs mixed-use community in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood.

A Beacon of Hope. Angeles House.

Located in South Los Angeles, Angeles House will offer a beacon of hope for women and children in need of help. The new, three-story facility will provide interim housing and support services—and a path to permanent housing— for up to 340 women and their children.

The Children's Institute Breaks Ground on New Watts Campus

On January 30, Children’s Institute broke ground on a new Watts Campus designed pro bono by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. The new building will serve as a hub for South Los Angeles families and add an iconic landmark to the historic neighborhood. To celebrate the event, CII held a ceremony attended by 300 guests including Frank Gehry, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Councilmember Joe Buscaino.

Re-Imagining Stories of Shipping Containers

Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) Visual Arts students re-imagined stories of recycled shipping containers with artists Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas as part of our summer Public Art Residency program, supported by a grant from the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. Community partners joined HOLA students and families to mark the first voyage of The Ideal X, a public art celebration, at the end of HOLA’s summer term.

Discover LACI: The LA Cleantech Incubator

“How do we bring practical solutions to solve the climate crisis while making people’s lives better?” Finding answers to this question posed by Matt Peterson, CEO and President of the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), represents the shining light and the purpose of the LA nonprofit.

Orthopaedic Institute for Children Opens LA’s Newest and Most Modern Pediatric Urgent Care Center

The city’s newest and most modern urgent care center for children with musculoskeletal conditions officially opened to patients yesterday at Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s downtown Los Angeles campus. The center was redesigned and greatly expanded to serve the growing need for essential urgent and trauma medical care for children with musculoskeletal conditions.