Piece by Piece Moves Into New Space in South Central Los Angeles
Piece by Piece is excited to have moved into a new, larger space at Deep Green Housing and Community’s Broadway Village II location in South Los Angeles. It is the first place where we held regular weekly workshops, starting back in 2007 when Sophie Alpert founded the organization.
The move was a challenge, especially during COVID times, but not match for the talents of Julie Williams, Piece by Piece lead instructor. We are forever grateful for Julie’s skills in coordinating such a daunting task.
Many of the logistics of setting up a new workspace were handled masterfully by our new executive director Maggie Bohlman and our operations manager Jadie Delgado. Getting the restrooms set up, trash, wifi, all the details that make a location productive.
The first day in the new location with Program Director Dawn Mendelson, Lead Commission Artist Instructor Luz Mack, and Founder Sophie Alpert.
Assistant Instructor Jose M working with Lead Instructor Luz Mack; Artists Kim, June and James working on a small commission for United Way.
The workshop space has room for artists, materials and supplies for classes. Each artist has their own box with tools, gloves, and any artwork they are working on.
The task of setting up the day to day activities and the set up of our commission studio and classroom setting were handled by Program Director Dawn Mendelson and Lead Commission Artist Instructor Luz Mack. The Commission Studio has great lighting and space for large and smaller commissions.
The classroom is a familiar space to many of the Piece by Piece artists, as it is where we’ve held a weekly workshop for 15 years. Modifications since the pandemic include individual storage boxes for tools and artwork, and a back section that holds much-appreciated donated materials for use by the students.
The new space also includes a kitchen, two offices, storage for our artists’ work, storage for our donated materials, and two bathrooms.
The front lobby area has been transformed into a gallery space, featuring the work of Piece by Piece artists. Our first exhibit in the space, Metamorphosis, filled the entire building with art.
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