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Save the Santa Fe Art Colony DTLA

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Help Preserve Downtown L.A.’s Last Remaining Artist Community


Unique Cultural and Historic Treasure of Los Angeles in Danger

The Santa Fe Art Colony (SFAC), funded by CRA 30 years ago, is a rent-restricted live/work complex of 80 fine artists on Santa Fe Avenue in Downtown L.A. It was established as a protected artists’ community to support artists, enhance LA’s cultural and creative life, and reap the economic benefits generated when the arts thrive.

And it worked. SFAC has contributed to the rise of downtown and the prestige of the City worldwide. But CRA rent restrictions end soon. Rent increases will force the artists out, destroying the community.

Do we really want an Arts District without artists?

"We just can’t allow artists to be priced out. . . . They’re important for the soul of the city, they’re important for neighborhoods, they’re really important for the economy." —Tom Finkelpearl, NY City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

Who We Are:

  • The only rent-restricted artists’ live/work community in Los Angeles, the past and present home and workplace of many notable and emerging artists
  • The historic southern anchor of the Arts District. An outstanding example of creative conversion by pioneering artists who moved into derelict industrial shells and built them into live/work studios, inspiring the whole culture. Now everyone wants to live in a “loft.”

Why Should SFAC Be Saved?

Because it will stem the tide of artists forced out of the Arts District. Artists created the Arts District, and downtown is now booming because of it. But high rents have driven the artists out. It is an artists’ ghost town. The artists are saying, “Last artist out, turn off the lights.”

Because SFAC is the only stable housing for artists in LA. It is the only community where artists can live and create without being under continual threat of displacement.

Because of its historic significance as a conversion of a 1916 factory complex, an influential early model for live/work spaces that sparked downtown’s rebirth and the rise of LA as an international arts center.

Because by fostering artists, LA benefits. Their work feeds and supports a huge economic engine.

Fine artists generate images and ideas that feed the other arts. Although most artists struggle financially, history has shown that their work fuels the entire creative economy:

  • 1 in 7 jobs in LA are in the arts, directly or indirectly (700,000 jobs in creative fields such as movies, music, fashion, publishing, etc.). The arts equal 10% of LA’s total economic output ($140 billion annually).
  • The LA region is the creative capital of the state and the nation—thanks to our fine artists.


Stand with us, and let the decision makers know that the Santa Fe Art Colony should be saved—and they are the ones who can do it.

This petition letters will be be batched for delivery to:

Mayor Garcetti, Council member Huizar,  and SFAC owners Marvin Zeidler & Leonard Skuro

I support the preservation of the Santa Fe Art Colony as a protected art colony, for the good of the City of Los Angeles and its arts and economy. Please do all you can to ensure the survival of the Santa Fe Art Colony and preserve its use as a rent-restricted live/work artists’ community in perpetuity.

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