Making LA the best place to PLAY, together.

The PLAY category represents our vision of a Los Angeles where residents have easy access to high-quality, sustainable venues to get active, explore the outdoors, and appreciate our natural environment. By the year 2050, we hope that people of all ages will enjoy safe neighborhoods, vibrant park space, and abundant recreational opportunities. 

Below, learn more about the five My LA2050 winners making LA the best place to PLAY. And, find our second Partner Spotlight featuring the Annenberg Foundation!

Department of Recreation and Parks
$100,000 Winner: The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks enriches the lives of LA residents by providing safe, welcoming parks and recreation facilities with affordable activities for people of all ages.

Did you know that Rec and Parks manages 16,000 acres of parkland and 92 miles of hiking trails? And, with COVID-19 closing facilities, Rec and Parks launched RecConnectLA to bring free virtual activities directly to you. Check it out!
Dodgers Foundation
$50,000 Winner: The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is much bigger than baseball, envisioning a city where every Angeleno, regardless of zip code, has the opportunity to thrive.

LADF is constructing its largest project to date, building three Dodgers Dreamfields at Gonzales Park in Compton in honor of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and his family. Watch this video to learn more about the project.
Los Angeles Maritime Institute
$25,000 Winner: The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels.

Plus, teachers and caretakers can check out LAMI's free “Virtual Voyage” science curriculum. The lessons align with K-12 standards and address topics such as the water cycle, the physics of sailing, and ocean pollution. 
Public Matters
$15,000 Winner: Public Matters is a creative studio for civic engagement, addressing the trust gap between institutions and agencies in historically marginalized communities.

Public Matters has leveraged its unique talent for using the arts as a lever for social change in addressing our region’s most pressing problems, from food justice to traffic safety. Engage by taking a self-directed Walking Tour of Historic Filipinotown and follow @publicmatters on Instagram.
Urban Warehouse
$10,000 Winner: Urban Warehouse teaches youth the value education through its after-school program, where they use skateboarding as an academic incentive. 

Every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, Urban Warehouse operates a pop-up food pantry at its site in East Los Angeles. During COVID-19, the organization has partnered with LA Care to increase its capacity and serve 500 families per week. Find details on the Urban Warehouse website.

We are so grateful that the Annenberg Foundation is awarding five $10,000 grants to this year's first-place winners to support their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts (DEI).

Marsha Bonner, Senior Director of Programs, Community Grantmaking, and Special Initiatives at the Annenberg Foundation, shared: “The Annenberg Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with LA2050 this year... At a time when our communities are facing the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, it is critical that we provide DEI support to organizations that have bold visions to make Los Angeles a more equitable city.”

Thank you, Annenberg Foundation, for your longstanding partnership and continued commitment to furthering DEI in our region. Click here to learn more about the grants.

Director of Counseling, A Place Called Home
Director of Communications and Events, Theodore Payne Foundation
Data Manager, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund
Administrative Associate, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund
Research & Policy Analyst, Advancement Project
Volunteer & Marketing Coordinator, Door of Hope
Multiple Internship Positions, Young Storytellers
Senior Human Resources Manager, Swing Education
Oral Health Collaborative Consortium Liaison, UCLA School of Dentistry
Regional Political Organizer, SEIU-UHW
Medical Countermeasure Planning Specialist, Partners In Diversity Inc.
And more at:
August 25, 2pm |  Insights on Solving the Climate Crisis
August 26, 10am | The Healing Power of Food: Urban gardener Ron Finley and musician Questlove
August 26, 9am | Center for Nonprofit Management: CEO Confidential - Summer Coffee Break 
August 26, 1:30pm | Women's Equality Day 2020
August 27, 10am | The Future of Democracy: The American outlook with R Street’s Eli Lehrer
August 27, 4pm | Sustainability: More Than an Ethos
August 28, 10am | Artists at work: breaking the fourth wall
August 28, 12pm | Sanctuary & Solidarity: Resisting the U.S. War on Refugees and Migrants
August 28, 7pm | Civil Rights in America with Lee Hawkins and Blair Imani
August 29, 9pm | Skirball Stages: Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil
August 30, 2pm | The 2020 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks - A Celebration of Black Joy 
August 31, 6pm | Social Innovation Speaker Series: A Virtual Conversation with La Mikia Castillo
August 31, 1pm | The Alternatives to Incarceration Care First Model and Vision
September 1, 9am | Innovation in Alzheimer’s Disease: Policies to Support Access to Treatments, Diagnostics, and Prevention
September 1, 10:30am | Founder Playbook: Raising a Series A with Crystal Etienne 
September 3, 10am | Systemic Racism as a Public Health Crisis and Its Impact on Health and Mental Health
September 3, 10am | Arts for LA State of the Arts Summit: Affordable Spaces for Artists and Arts Organizations
September 9, 2pm | Reaching vulnerable voting populations
Through September 15 | Rock the Vote Los Angeles Civic Content Create-a-thon
September 16, 6pm | Why Don’t Women’s Votes Put More Women in Power?
Fridays, 7pm | The Music Center's Digital Dance DTLA 
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