Chinatown Business Improvement District Launches 10-Year Revitalization Effort With Chinatown Art Festival

Jun 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council

 Top California Artists to Preview New Artwork of Chinatown at Press Briefing
     WHAT:     To mark the establishment of a 10-year Business Improvement
               District to revitalize this historic area of Los Angeles, the
               Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council will host a press
               briefing to provide details about the upcoming Chinatown Art
               Festival.  This month-long celebration of Chinatown's rich
               63-year history will kick-off the BID's summer event schedule
               that includes an outdoor Chinese film festival, Asian-inspired
               fashion show and a variety of other cultural activities and
               entertainment.  The Chinatown Art Festival will feature "plein
               air" paintings of Chinatown created by some of the state's
               foremost artists, all members of the California Art Club.  These
               artists are currently painting in Chinatown, and a selection of
               paintings will be exhibited at 951 North Broadway beginning
               June 23.  Accompanying the paintings will be an exhibition of
               the history of both Chinatown and Asian-Americans in California,
               curated by the Chinese American Museum.
     WHO:      The LACBC and the California Art Club, one of the nation's
               largest fine arts organization, are co-sponsoring the Chinatown
               Art Festival.  Key members of both organizations will be in
               attendance at the press briefing, as well as participating
               artists who will preview some of their new paintings of
     WHY:      It is hoped that the Art Festival paintings and the summer
               events will give Southern Californians renewed interest and a
               different perspective on this multicultural jewel of Los
               Angeles, which has suffered from neglect during the past two
     WHEN:     Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 11:00 a.m.
               11:00 - 11:45 a.m.        Press Briefing
               11:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon   Q&A Session
               12:00 noon                Visit with artists at their easels
                                         in Chinatown
     WHERE:    951 North Broadway (the former United Commercial Bank building)
     CONTACT:  Beverly Chang of Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council,
               310-472-9323, or cell, 310-709-4922
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SOURCE Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council