Los Angeles Artists Unite to Save the Santa Fe Arts Colony from Developer

Art and culture make LA a place to call home.Let’s make LA a place that artists call home.

The SFAC Tenants Association is fighting to save the historic Santa Fe Art Colony — a vital live/work artists’ community in downtown Los Angeles. Longtime rent restrictions are about to expire, and a new owner, Florida developer Fifteen Group, has announced plans to double the rents on November 1, 2019, effectively evicting the artists. The Tenants Association has made a purchase offer — a right provided by California’s Affordable Housing Preservation Law — to keep rents affordable and preserve this important cultural asset for current and future artists. Unfortunately, Fifteen Group has not engaged in a negotiation regarding the purchase offer. 

The Santa Fe Art Colony — established in 1986 with public funding — is LA’s only rent-restricted Artist-in-Residence complex. Its historic brick buildings house 72 intergenerational and ethnically diverse artists. Annual “Open Studios” have attracted tens of thousands of visitors, providing value to the public. For 30 years, residents have played a critical role in shaping LA’s cultural landscape.

Over the last decade, DTLA’s Arts District — a once-thriving community of 1,800 fine-art artists — has been decimated by catastrophic rent increases. SFAC is now the last large group of working artists left.

Act now to prevent Fifteen Group from destroying this vibrant artists’ community! In a city that prides itself on being “The creative capital of the world,” what does it say to have an “Arts District” without artists?


To #saveSFAC, it’s urgent to bring the owner to the table to negotiate a sale before the artists are forced out!

Join us now to keep SFAC affordable for working artists and continue this unique community’s role as a cultural resource. Contact these key elected officials and urge them to support the SFAC Tenants Association’s purchase bid:

Los Angeles Mayor

Eric Garcetti
Tel. 213-978-0600
Email mayor.helpdesk@lacity.org
Twitter @MayorofLA/ Instagram @MayorofLA/ Facebook @MayorofLA

City Council President/ councilmember (CD10)

Herb Wesson
Tel. 213-473-7008
Email councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org
Twitter @HerbJWesson/ Instagram @HerbJWesson/ Facebook @HerbWessonJr

Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee Chair/ councilmember (cd8)

Marqueece Harris-Dawson
Tel. 213-473-7008
Email councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org
Twitter @mhdcd8/ Instagram @mhdcd8/ Facebook @mhdcd8

Councilmember (CD 14)

José Huizar
Tel. 213-473-7014
Email councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
Twitter @josehuizar/ Instagram @cmjosehuizar/ Facebook @huizar.jose



Save DTLA’s Santa Fe Art Colony