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SELA Cultural Center

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Born out of the Lower LA River Revitalization Plan, the Legislature has approved $124 million to fund the SELA Cultural Center, a transformative initiative that stands poised to bestow enduring cultural and economic advantages upon Southeast Los Angeles.

The forthcoming SELA Cultural Center will not just be an architectural marvel, but an investment in our region's cultural and artistic identity.

Nestled at the convergence point of the LA River and Rio Hondo in South Gate, the 8.6 acre site is the canvas upon which we will build a world-class, state-of-the-art facility to serve as a bastion of cultural expression and an educational hub.

The SELA Cultural Center will surround a central boulevard, designed as a gathering space for the people of Southeast LA.

Design sites include:

  • South gardens that include a central lawn, picnic and event space
  • Three visual art galleries for art exhibits, media/film gallery and fine art
  • Music performance hall that accommodates a full-sized orchestra, small ensembles, dance, film screenings and a live theater
  • Education facilities including a three-story music school with classroom and rehearsal spaces
  • Workshop spaces featuring visual arts, printmaking, film and recording
  • Culinary arts cafe that showcases local culinary arts, support workforce development and includes space for indoor and outdoor dining
  • Music and art facilities with up to a 200-seat capacity for dance and other performance art.

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Governor Newsom and Speaker Rendon Tour the Future Site of the SELA Cultural Arts Center

A Closer Look: The Creation of SELA Cultural Center with Anthony Rendon