Valley Cultural Center – Our Story
Founded in 1975 to assist the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation & Parks in bringing arts and culture to the San Fernando Valley, the Valley Cultural Center has been at the forefront of culture, arts, and arts education in our community for more than thirty-five years.
The Valley Cultural Center’s free Concerts in the Park was launched in 1975 under the guidance of our first chairwoman, educator Lou Bredlow. Today, the concerts are now known as Concerts on the Green and are still presented free of charge and enjoyed by more 140,000 Valley residents each year. First presented in Shadow Ranch Park, Concerts on the Green has a permanent home at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park. Built on land generously donated by the Harry Warner family in 1967, the Pavilion cost $1.3 million, $1,000,000 of which came from Quimby funds and $300,000 from the Valley Cultural Center’s donors. Today, we hold a 25-year lease on the Pavilion from the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation & Parks and the facility is used to house many of our cultural and arts activities.
The Valley Cultural Center is actively engaged in community outreach and our programs encompass the diverse cultural, social, and artistic dynamics of the Valley. A vital community resource, the Valley Cultural Center provides arts appreciation, music education, and arts outreach for Valley students, as well as programs that support our senior population. Our many Concerts, Movies, and Special Events provide rich opportunities for Valley residents to participate in and enjoy the artistic diversity that defines our unique neighborhood.
Funding for the Valley Cultural Center comes from our generous corporate sponsors, grants, and our expansive Membership and Volunteer programs.
A non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, the Valley Cultural Center is an independent organization. We are dedicated to our mission to enlighten, educate, and enrich present and future generations by providing diverse programs of the performing and visual arts.
The Valley Cultural Center serves the greater San Fernando Valley as the prominent resource in promoting the performing and visual arts. With the active support and participation of the community, our mission is to entertain, enrich, and educate current and future generations. We offer diverse programs and events and recognize outstanding achievements in the arts.