The Los Angeles art studio where Corita Kent made some of her most important work in the 1960s is slated to be demolished—and an effort is underway to stop it.
Kent was a nun with the Immaculate Heart of Mary order in Los Angeles, and an artist and designer whose work became increasingly political in the ’60s as she fought to combat societal injustice. In 1968, she left the city and the order and moved to Boston, where she continued to produce work until she died in 1986.
The studio, located at 5518 Franklin Ave., is set to be razed to make way for a parking lot for a planned Lazy Acres Natural Market. The Corita Art Center is seeking to have the site reviewed for a historic designation before the demolition moves forward, and is asking for the public to get involved in the effort with social media posts, calls to city officials, and more.
Head to the Corita Art Center site for a variety of phone scripts, and more resources.