In 2013 Pacoima Beautiful teamed up with local artists and community members to create beautiful works of art on various utility boxes along the Van Nuys Blvd. corridor. The purpose of the boxes is to create placemaking. Painting the boxes takes something that we see every day and transforms it into something that the community can appreciate. We use the same message of “Keep Pacoima Beautiful” on the boxes to promote civic pride and community beautification.
Utility Boxes were created by Kristy Sandoval (Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys); YUTEP (Kewen at Van Nuys); Raul Guerra (Sutter at Van Nuys); Rosa Flores & YUTEP (Van Nuys and Borden) and Jairo Castillo & YUTEP (Van Nuys and Kewen).
Keep Pacoima Beautiful Mural
In the fall of 2013 Jorge Madrid of the Environmental Defense Fund, internationally acclaimed artist Kristy Sandoval and Pacoima Beautiful came together with community members to design and execute a clean energy themed mural at the Pacoima Community Center (11243 Glenoaks Blvd. Pacoima, CA. 91331). The mural features a monarch butterfly sitting on the stem of a plant that is growing inside of a light bulb which is being powered by solar panels. The bright blue solar panels and vibrant light bulb illustrate the energy and the power of the people who participated in making this mural a reality. This mural is the first mural to be approved by the City of Los Angeles’ Mural Ordinance process.
Ballet Folklórico Joyas Divinas del Valle
Joyas Divinas del Valle is a joint effort between the Foothill Division of the Los Angeles Police Department and Pacoima Beautiful. Joyas Divinas del Valle believes in “Keeping Latino Heritage Alive” by preserving and enriching Latino culture through the art of dance. Pacoima Beautiful believes in culturally relevant programming thus, it was a natural fit when expanding our existing Healthy Eating and Active Living programs to partner with the Joyas. Ballet Folklorico has many health benefits and also enriches the lives of the youth with the history of the traditional dances, while instilling the confidence required to dance, be a part of a team and encourage active civic participation.
Anyone interested in participating can contact Elly Alvarez at (661) 388-8455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tiny Tots (2 years to 4 years) Fridays 5:30pm to 6pm at the Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima CA. 91331 Cost: $30 a month
- Chiquititas 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday’s at YPI 11844 Glenoaks Blvd. San Fernando, CA. 91340 and Friday’s at Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima CA. 91331 Cost: $30 a month
- Juniors 7:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday’s at YPI 11844 Glenoaks Blvd. San Fernando, CA. 91340 and Friday’s at Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima CA. 91331 Cost: $30 a month
- Adults (18 years and over) Wednesdays 6:45pm to 7:45pm at YPI 11844 Glenoaks Blvd. San Fernando, CA. 91340 Cost: $30 a month