Breaking Ground on the Lucas Museum

Lucas Museum cofounders Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, flanked by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Curren Price, architect Ma Yansong, and other dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Diandra Jay/Board of Supervisors

Filmmaker George Lucas and Mellody Hobson led the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park, joined by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Curren Price. It is slated for completion in late 2021.

“The focus of the Museum is to open up people’s imaginations and inspire them to dream beyond what is considered possible,” said Lucas. “Narrative art and storytelling stirs our emotions, shapes our aspirations as a society, and is the glue that binds us together around our common beliefs.”

“Our goal is to create the world’s most inclusive and accessible art museum — a place that brings together people from every walk of life,” added Hobson. “We are excited to call Exposition Park home, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading universities, as well as three other world-class museums.”

Designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the Lucas Museum will celebrate the art of visual storytelling and enable people of diverse backgrounds to experience the power of narrative art across all mediums, including painting, illustration, comic art, photography, film, animation and digital art. Co-founders Lucas and Hobson intend for it to be a place where visitors feel comfortable and welcomed by engaging with art forms they may already recognize and love.

The 300,000 sq. ft. nonprofit museum will feature collection galleries and exhibition spaces displaying original works of art from world-renowned artists, cutting-edge digital technologies and daily film screenings in two state-of-the-art theaters. It will also offer extraordinary educational opportunities with hands-on and digital classrooms and a free public research library for educators, scholars and students. Education will be a centerpiece of the Museum’s programming to provide diverse students of all ages the skills to voice their own stories and spark creativity.

The project will transform a series of asphalt parking lots into a museum surrounded by 11 acres of new parkland and gardens designed by Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm Studio-MLA. Thousands of jobs will be created directly and indirectly as a result of the Museum.

“Today is a momentous occasion, as we break ground on what will surely become one of Los Angeles County’s most popular and beloved landmarks,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “The Lucas Museum will not only display brilliant works of art, but also teach countless children the science and technological skills needed for careers in the film, animation and design industries. It will cement Exposition Park‘s reputation as a world-class destination for arts and entertainment.”