18 Sep FoLAR Noches del Rio Gala to honor President Pro Tempore De Leon and unveil a Lewis MacAdams sculpture in Marsh Park
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Los Angeles, CA — Friends of the Los Angeles River are hosting a fundraising gala to celebrate the unveiling of FoLAR founder Lewis MacAdams sculpture on October 7th, 2017 at Marsh Park in Los Angeles.
FoLAR will honor California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León at this year’s Noches del Rio Gala for his continued leadership on environmental issues and his support for the Los Angeles River restoration. President Pro Tem de León secured $20 million to fund G2 Parcel feasibility studies, and worked in partnership with Speaker Anthony Rendon to deliver $100 million in Prop 1 funding to the Los Angeles River. Just last week, President Pro Tem de León coordinated legislative passage of SB5, which places a water and parks bond measure on the 2018 ballot which may deliver $4 billion in needed funding for water infrastructure and parks improvements throughout the state.
FoLAR’s founder, Lewis MacAdams, has long established his place in the River by building a movement over his 30 years of advocacy for a restored River. Metabolic Studios has generously donated a sculpture of FoLAR’s founder-poet for installment at Marsh Park, 2999 Rosanna St, Los Angeles, CA.
The installation of the Lewis MacAdams sculpture will allow for future generations to honor MacAdam’s advocacy and encourage Angelenos to continue to imagine an inclusive and ecologically robust Los Angeles River. The Lewis MacAdams Sculpture Project will create a public art sculpture to honor Lewis MacAdams and his creation of the 40-year artwork that is Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR). As a political activist, MacAdams founded FoLAR in 1986 and in years since he has become the River’s most important and influential advocate. The public art sculpture will be created by celebrated artist Eugene Daub. Daub’s previous work has included commissions for numerous state capitols, a Harvey Milk sculpture at San Francisco’s City Hall, and a Rosa Parks sculpture at the United States Capitol Building.
The Gala event will be held at the site of the sculpture installation, at Marsh Park on October 7th, 2017, starting at 7pm. In addition to the sculpture unveiling, FoLAR’s Noches del Rio Gala brings together the movers and shakers of advocacy for a memorable evening on the River. Our program includes special guests, local gourmet fare from Heirloom LA, Latin jazz performance from Carlos Rodgarman and The RodgarBand, and a surprise announcement.
FoLAR’s Noches del Rio celebration continues the following weekend when world music legends Ozomatli will perform a benefit concert on October 14th, 2017. The Concert, presented in partnership with 88.5 KCSN and hosted by DJ Nic Harcourt, will be the culmination of FoLAR’s fall programming Noches del Rio, aimed at bringing the people to the River and the River to the people. The Noches del Rio events series is sponsored by AECOM, Metabolic Studios, Toyota Financial Services, Soylent, the Helania Foundation, Mack Urban, Laemmle Theaters, NBC Universal, and FoxGives. Tickets are available now through FoLAR at folar.org/nochesdelrio
FoLAR Executive Director Marissa Christiansen commented:
We’re excited to offer a series of event programs this Fall with something for all members of the River community. Our Gala program will honor the past, present and future of the River movement with a sculpture unveiling of our founder, Lewis MacAdams, and through honoring our President Pro Tem Kevin de León we will reflect on an eventful year in River restoration. All together we are keeping our eyes on the horizon towards future challenges and opportunities to bring the people to the River and the River to the people.
Friends of the Los Angeles River is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission since 1986 has been to ensure a publicly accessible and ecologically sustainable Los Angeles River by inspiring River stewardship through community engagement, education, advocacy, and thought leadership. FOLAR is a leading powerful force guiding policy and connecting communities to the River, nationally respected as a leader in urban river revitalization with a membership of 35,000.