Connecting communities through cultural programming,
urban interventions and active engagement.
Project Time Frame: 2012 - 2013
Event Dates: Various outreach events throughout 2012 - 2013
As part of a larger planning and design consultant team led by AECOM, Community Arts Resources (CARS) provided expertise in community engagement and bike planning to this multi-modal access project in Unincorporated East Los Angeles. The Metro Gold Line Eastside Access Project is a program to develop and implement critical pedestrian and bicycle improvements throughout East Los Angeles that will enhance access to and from the four stations along the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension. CARS developed an innovative strategy for encouraging the community’s participation in the planning process. To solicit feedback on the design process from a significant number of community members, CARS merged its deep understanding of event production and urban planning to create a community event that could both entertain and inform. Working closely with the consulting team and County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s Office, CARS developed the East LA Safe Connections Festival – held on Saturday November 17, 2012 at the East LA Civic Center. This family-friendly, free event combined a series of interactive Metro planning workshops, a neighborhood farmers market, a children’s art workshop, a kid’s bike safety zone, hula-hooping, County fire truck tours, mini CPR sessions, music and free food. The Safe Connections Festival provided the community with a free day of exciting activities, while accomplishing its goal of collecting critical data from a large sampling of community stakeholders.