When the annual Inglewood Open Studios kicks off Nov. 12 with drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and more, fans of art and design will find much to appreciate beyond the city's side-by-side Schindler houses.
Can the city finally get beyond Dr. Dre rapping in "California Love" 16 years ago that Inglewood is "always up to no good"? It's about time people drop the negative image, said MonaLisa Whitaker, executive director of Inglewood Cultural Arts, a nonprofit organization that fosters interdisciplinary arts programs.
"Inglewood has challenges like any city," she said. "It just seems there's always a tendency to highlight the negative rather than positive things that happen here."
One of those positives: the number of artists moving into the community in search of large, loft-like spaces and cheaper rent. Otis College of Art and Design graduate Renee Fox moved here about five years ago from Hollywood with her husband, sculptor and painter Kenneth Ober. Shortly thereafter, Fox and a few local artists organized the first open studios tour for family and friends.
"There were six artists that first year," Fox said. "This year we have more than 30."