Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to allocate $730,000 of her Proposition A (1996) discretionary funds to the Friends of the Chinese American Museum (FCAM), to allow the expansion project of the Chinese American Museum to move forward:

“I am excited to be able to provide critical funding needed to supplement the Friends of the Chinese American Museum’s efforts to expand their existing museum with a new gallery space.

The Chinese American Museum proudly stands as Southern California’s first and only museum dedicated to sharing the history of the Chinese American experience in Los Angeles, and I am proud to help continue their work in my District. Since 2003, the Friends of the Chinese American Museum has operated the museum, hosting wonderful cultural exhibitions and art and music events that celebrate the multicultural heritage and diversity of the County of Los Angeles.

Importantly, today’s action also includes $20,000 from my discretionary funds to allow for additional names to be added to the ‘Wall of Honor’ located at Father Serra Park, which recognizes all Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. My contribution pales in comparison to the sacrifices made by the incredible individuals who have served our country with such bravery and distinction that they have earned our nation’s highest award for valor for a member of the Armed Services.”

The Chinese American Museum is a public museum in the First District, located within the El Pueblo Historical Monument in the City of Los Angeles. The Monument is located in a “very-high” park need area, as identified by the 2016 Countywide Park Needs Assessment. Supervisor Solis’ funding will help close the gap needed to construct a new 1,500 square foot gallery, which will provide 25% more exhibition space.