Historic Skid Row Firehouse to Become Youth Arts Center

The city is working on plans to turn a 1910 firehouse on Fifth Street into a center offering art programs for kids. The firehouse, which was used in Ghostbusters and other films, has fallen into disrepair. 
photo by Gary Leonard

You probably know Skid Row’s Firehouse No. 23 from the movie Ghostbusters. But 22 years after the plans for refurbishing the firehouse were approved, the former headquarters of the Los Angeles Fire Department once known as the “Taj Mahal” of firehouses for its ornate features and expensive imported materials, will soon become a Youth Arts Center in Skid Row.

Architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa is handling designs for the transformation of the three-story structure at 225 E. Fifth St., and the project is in the plan check phase, with the Department of Building and Safety evaluating the proposal. The first phase of the renovation will begin in February, and will include stripping worn paint, seismic upgrades and the completion of structural improvements. The second phase will include renovating the space. No timeline for an opening has been revealed.

The project is funded through Proposition K, which was approved by Los Angeles voters in 1996(!) to fund the acquisition, improvement, construction and maintenance of city parks, recreation facilities and other youth-oriented spaces. The measure earmarked money for 183 projects, including Firehouse No. 23’s transition into a youth arts center. Prop. K allocates $25 million annually to such projects, which range from renovated sports fields to street lighting improvements. The projects must be finished by 2026. Of the original 183 projects, 60 remain to be completed.

Renderings by Brooks + Scarpa show an effort to hold on to some of the historic features of the nearly 100-year-old firehouse. 
image courtesy Brooks + Scarpa

Plans call for a groundbreaking as soon as February, but just as things appear ready to roll, opposition has risen with charges that the art center for low-income children shortchanges the adults in Skid Row who could benefit from an artistic outlet.

What is known is that the project will offer programming and arts classes for children ages 3 to 17. The Department of Cultural Affairs will oversee the facility. Leslie Thomas, Community Arts Division Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs, said that he is interested in developing a program based on intergenerational arts where different age groups work together.

As plans move forward, some are questioning the need for a youth arts center in Skid Row. Questions were raised as to whether the property could also function as an arts space for adults.

Theresa Hwang, a member of the Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committee, a civilian board created through Prop K to oversee the project, questioned city staff on whether a split use, with one part focusing on youth programming, and another offering something akin to “community programming,” would be feasible.

Deputy City Attorney Gonzalez-Kimbrough said, “The design for that youth programming would hopefully take into account that when it’s not being used for youth, that it would also be used for the local community.”

According to statistics provided by the city, 200,370 children attend school within a five-mile radius of the firehouse. A meeting to further discuss the programming is tentatively set for mid-January. Project backers said they hope to have neighborhood children and parents attend. 

Art Jobs: Production Manager- Standard Sculpture

Standard Sculpture now seeking a Production Manager.

The Production manager is responsible for creating, maintaining and executing production plans, schedules, and budgets to meet project specifications. This includes developing schedules based on estimates and ultimately using reporting software to track effort and materials in relation to established budgets. This person will troubleshoot day to day allocation of equipment, people and materials as well as technical issues pertaining to the fabrication of artwork. Solid knowledge of and familiarity with a wide range of fabrication and finishing processes used in the production of artworks is highly desired. This person will directly manage supervise and train personnel according to company policies and procedures. This person must be familiar with OSHA requirements and ensure that health and safety policies are practiced at all times. Needs excellent communication skills. We are looking for someone who can be a team leader, who can work collaboratively with the owner of the company to create a positive and productive work environment. This position requires strong leadership skills and abilities.

Standard Sculpture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability or any other basis prohibited by law.

Salary BOE. Includes Benefits Package.


  • Lead the hiring process for paint and fabrication personnel; interviewing and training
  • Directly manage fabrication and paint personnel
  • Oversee quality and implementing corrective actions
  • Manage interdepartmental communications.
  • Serve as as primary contact with internal and external production teams.
  • Manage communication and documentation of any issues, changes that impact the projects in an efficient, professional and courteous manner.
  • Maintain high level working standards for quality at all times
  • Additional responsibilities as required by management


The ideal candidate must possess the following:

  • Solution oriented thinking
  • Minimum of five years experience managing high end metal fabrication and finishing
  • Experience supervising five or more employees
  • Strong foundation in Project Management
  • Strong foundation in mechanical and structural engineering
  • Strong understanding of architectural drawings, build materials, hardware, finishes and fabrication techniques
  • Experience in direct client interaction
  • Strong understanding of fabrication materials & techniques
  • Work quickly and accurately while communicating / solving problems with large teams
  • Knowledge of HR, wage and hourly law


  • Oversight of fabrication and paint personnel
  • Strategize best approaches to successfully execute projects
  • Work with others to ensure quality outcomes and accurate estimates
  • Review and approve project effort estimates to be used in proposals
  • Maintain shop safety standards
  • HR oversight
  • Conduct employee performance evaluations
  • Administration
  • Work with management to set direction and long term shop strategy
  • Review project successes and failures with paint and fabrication personnel
  • Reward teams / individuals for exceptional work

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@standardsculpture.com

Bullet Journaling 101 with Itoya’s New Oasis Notebook

2019 is almost here, are you ready to get organized and take it on? We recommend starting a bullet journal. Bullet journals are a popular way for people to track to-dos, remember important events and record everyday life – with a touch of creativity and grace. Artist Rachel Solomon uses the ProFolio Oasis Notebook to demonstrate how to start bullet journaling, from creating a basic key to adding a creative layout that incorporates bright colors and hand-lettering.

ProFolio Oasis Notebooks are well-designed, perfect for bullet journals, and on sale for 30% off! The proprietary paper pattern is a combination of grid, line and dots, an optimal pattern for handwriting, drawing perfect straight lines, developing charts and rapid journaling. The ProFolio Oasis Notebook’s spine is machine stitched, and the notebooks are available in three colors and three different sizes – A6 (small, 4.13″ × 5.83″) is $4.89 ($6.99 list), A5 (medium, 8.83″ × 8.27″) is $6.99 ($9.99 list), and B5 (large, 6.93″ × 9.84″) is $8.39 ($11.99 list).

ProFolio Oasis Notebooks

Art Jobs: Assistant Editor – The Getty

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks an Assistant Editor to collaborate with authors, editors, designers, and production coordinators to facilitate the publication of scholarly print and electronic art history books. This is a full-time hourly position reporting to the Managing Editor of GRI Publications. The Assistant Editor prepares manuscripts for editing; copyedits ephemera, exhibition materials, and essays to ensure clarity and conformity with editorial standards; collates corrections to page proofs and review them for errors; edits indexes; and represents publication projects in marketing meetings.

The Assistant Editor will be given the opportunity to complete courses in copyediting, proofreading, and digital media and to attend professional conferences. The Getty offers medical insurance (choice of 3 health plans and dependent coverage available), dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation and paid sick leave; a telework program; a retirement savings program (includes an employer contribution and match); and a free fitness center on-site.


  • Prepares manuscripts for editing and for transmittal to design.
  • Proofreads and copyedits texts, and checks corrections made by proofreaders and authors.
  • Assists with project management of publications, which may include communicating with Getty colleagues, authors, freelance editors, proofreaders, and indexers.
  • Works with Rights Coordinator to ensure acquisition of high-resolution art and copyright permissions for heavily illustrated publications.
  • Develops knowledge of publishing through trainings, reading, and on-the-job experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the humanities (preferably in English or Art History); MA preferred
  • 1-3 years in publishing, preferably in a museum or university press environment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Copyediting and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and conventions of academic writing are helpful.
  • Reading knowledge or familiarity with one or more European languages is helpful.
  • Interest in the arts and a career in academic publishing is preferred.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply for this job online. 

In the cover letter, please mention prior editing or publishing experience. We value diversity and encourage individuals from communities underrepresented in publishing to apply.

Art Jobs: Sales Associate at David Kordansky Gallery

David Kordansky Gallery is seeking a highly motivated and organized professional who wants to be part of a rapidly growing, internationally renowned contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles. The Sales Associate role is a full-time position, five days per week (Tuesday – Saturday), and requires flexibility for additional hours and travel based on the needs of the Gallery.


  • Create and maintain relationships with artists, collectors, consultants, curators, and other art world contacts
  • Develop and retain and in-depth knowledge of the gallery artists’ practices and biographies, and communicate these effectively to clients
  • Inform clients of upcoming exhibitions and fair presentations, providing supporting materials as needed
  • Meet quarterly sales goals
  • Communicate consistently and proactively with the sales team to review offers, sales, and sales opportunities
  • Attend gallery openings, art fairs, dinners, and other events on behalf of the gallery


  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Fine Art, or a related field
  • Extensive sales experience in a contemporary art gallery or auction house
  • Exceptional communication skills, attention to detail, and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, trustworthy, and responsible
  • Able to work successfully in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Proficiency with Mac computers and programs; familiarity with ArtBase

How to Apply
Please submit the following to jobs@davidkordanskygallery.com:

  • a cover letter detailing your previous experience and a brief explanation of how you would approach the position
  • a complete CV

Submissions without the above items will not be considered. No phone or walk-in inquiries please.

How To Create A 2019 Calendar

The New Year approaches and you need a calendar. No, not the one on your phone, something on paper, personalized with your art work – maybe even something you can gift to your collectors and fans? We’ve got instructions for creating a Strathmore Calendar Kit using 11″ x 8.5″ paper and your original photos and/or art.

Let’s design this thing! First up: Download the 2019 Calendar template in Word, or the 2019 Calendar PDF template.

  • Choose 14 images that you will use for creating your calendar. One of them will be the cover. Choose wisely.
  • After you have decided which images you are going to use, you can start adding them to each month.
  • Using the Template, click on the page that you want the image placed on. Click on the “Insert” menu. Go to “Picture” and click “From File”. Locate and select your image.

Don’t stress, you can move things around.

  • Once the image you have chosen is inserted onto the correct page, you can move and adjust its size.
  • To move your image, double click on the image and choose “Format Picture” from the menu. Click on the “Layout” tab and select “Behind Text”. You will now be able to move your photo.

Now put some sauce on it.

  • After you have finished placing the picture(s) you can start adding text to your calendar.
  • To add birthdays, important dates, holidays, click on the corresponding day, and begin to type.
  • You will be able to choose font, size, and alignment of your text.

Let’s do some housekeeping and set up your Printer.

  • When you have finished creating your calendar and would like to print, it is important to follow a few steps to ensure that your calendar prints correctly.
  • Connect the printer that you want to use, and make sure it is selected prior to printing.
  • To ensure best results, set printer settings to photo paper, and highest quality.
  • Important: Preview your images to make sure they are placed where you want them. To do this, click “File” then click “Print Preview”. Adjust layout if necessary.

Print a test page on normal printing paper prior to printing on your Strathmore Calendar Kit.

Okay, you did the test pages, now you’re ready to print your calendar pages.

  • Take out all of your normal printing paper. Next load only one page of the Strathmore Calendar Kit in the printer. (See directions below.)
  • Note: we will be printing the image first, then the month.

What kind of printer are you using?

Front load printers

  • When printing the picture side, load paper matte side up (non shiny), with binding holes on the right.
  • When printing the month, load paper glossy side up (shiny side), with binding holes on the left.

Top Load Printers

  • When printing image, load paper glossy side up (shiny), with binding holes on theright.
  • When printing the month, load paper matte side up (non shiny), with binding holes onthe left.

Load and Print one page at a time.

  • Load in your first calendar page. Click the “File” menu, then click “Print”. Select “Pages” option and type “1-2” in the text box.
  • For each page thereafter select “Pages” and type the corresponding numbers in the text box: “3-4”, “5-6”, “7-8” etc.

Follow this printing format for best results:


  • Print image on matte side (non shiny)

Images for corresponding month:

  • Print on glossy side (shiny)

Date of calendar:

  • Print on matte side (non shiny)

Now you can make plans to fill your year with art!

Art Journal Techniques for Holiday Cards

Are you looking for a way to share your art with your friends and family this holiday season? How about instead of sending store-bought cards, create your own using your original art! Create and give the gift of personal art this holiday season using Postcards and Mixed Media Cards. 

First up, let’s create a winter wonderland. Follow along in the first half of the video as Lauren teaches you how to create a snow filled background, grow trees with just a brush pen + water and then learn to make it snow.


Next, how about a twist on the traditional holiday card?! Let’s create cards using our photos, ephemera and personal styles to send heartfelt seasons greetings.


  • Strathmore Mixed Media Cards 
  • Collage material
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Transparent gesso
  • Paint spreader
  • Writing utensils of your choice (Brush pens, paints makers, etc)
Art Journal Techniques for Holiday Cards with Lauren Hooper of Get Messy

Happy Holidays! May your holidays be filled with art and love!