Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed her motion that directs LA County to work with the LA County Arts Commission and LA Metro in considering submitting a proposal for the County’s potential acquisition of the Southwest Museum:

“For over one hundred years, the Southwest Museum has offered incalculable historical and cultural benefits to visitors from around the world and the local community. Located between Highland Park and Mount Washington, the Southwest Museum, which was declared a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2015, contains one of the largest and most important collections of Native American art and culture in the nation.

Today, the Southwest Museum needs major renovations and new ownership that respects and enhances the community benefit of the site. With a major Metro Gold Line stop named after the museum a short walk away, the potential for a transit-supportive museum campus is tremendous, and would help ensure that arts and culture remain accessible to a larger audience.

The legacy of the Southwest Museum is the beauty of American diversity, and it should continue to provide educational, cultural, and community benefits for generations to come. If there is a possibility that LA County and Metro could upgrade and manage this space in a financially-sustainable manner that benefits the local community and respects the history of Native Americans, we should explore that option.”