Lucas Museum Moves at Light Speed
Officials from the Lucas Museum for Narrative Art appeared before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to update the Board on the progress being made toward the $1.2 billion project. Acting on a motion by Chairman Ridley-Thomas, the Board unanimously voted unanimously last November to issue a resolution declaring Exposition Park as the ideal location for the Lucas Museum.
“We’d like to thank the Chair for his support through a long and convoluted process of finding a home for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art,” said Don Bacigalupi, Founding President of the Lucas Museum for Narrative Art during the presentation to the Board.
“Over the last eight months, the museum has progressed at light speed,” said Chairman Ridley-Thomas.
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a one-of-a-kind gathering place to experience art and exhibitions dedicated to the power of storytelling across all media, including paintings, illustrations and moving images. The Lucas family will fully fund the Museum’s construction, collection, and operating endowment with no cost to taxpayers to build the Museum.
“This is an extraordinary gift of philanthropy and education,” said Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The new Museum is expected to create more than 400 full-time jobs related to the operation of the Museum, 3,660 construction-related jobs, and 6,290 total jobs and generate over $340 million in labor income according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. The construction jobs will pay family-supporting wages for local residents due to the Project Labor Agreement with the construction unions. The Museum plans to engage local South Los Angeles Artists with a Local Artist Program and provide local residents with ongoing jobs through a Local Hire Program.
The Museum will be located in Exposition Park along Vermont Boulevard bordering Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Jessie Brewer Park transforming 11 acres of asphalt into a public green park and garden space with the Museum hovering above.
“What Lucas is doing is replacing asphalt parking lots with a state of the art educational facility,” said Chairman Ridley-Thomas.