Watts Towers Arts Center
Established in 1961, the Watts Towers Art Center is a cultural and educational center, and the longtime steward of Simon Rodia’s singular installation Nuestro Pueblo, or Watts Towers. The Center provides classes, including painting, sculpture, photography, music, dance, gardening, tiling, and other multi-media arts, taught by professional artists, as well as tours, lectures, and exhibitions that attract local, national, and international visitors. The Center also produces two yearly festivals – the Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. Through all of its offerings, the Center has presented over 1,000 artists in numerous disciplines including, visual arts, filmmaking, writing, music and performing arts. In addition to its educational and programmatic offerings, the Watts Towers Arts Center serves as an integral hub in the Watts community, nurturing artists and acting as a conduit for social change.