Join the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) in our ambitious goal to become the first fully solar-powered art museum.
Located in the Downtown Arts District, ICA LA is an admission-free museum, driven by a core ethos—that contemporary art is a powerful tool for social change. We are committed to creating exhibitions, programs, and community partnerships that foster artistic experimentation and explore the most important issues of our time.
“Art museums are uniquely positioned to broaden the cultural conversation and explore the most pressing issues of our time—including climate change,” says Elsa Longhauser, The Good Works Executive Director. “By undertaking this major initiative, ICA LA affirms its commitment to reducing its own carbon footprint and ensuring a legacy of presenting groundbreaking exhibitions and programs in a sustainable manner for future generations.”
“Our audience counts on us to uphold the wellbeing of our community,” Deputy Director Samuel Vasquez said, “and once we looked at the numbers and saw that it was possible to go solar, we felt obligated to make the change. It will not be easy and there will be a large cost, but we feel it is our duty as a civic leader and advocate for social progress.”
Art museums are uniquely positioned to broaden the cultural conversation and probe the world’s most pressing issues—including climate change. For ICA LA, this means examining our own carbon footprint and taking active steps toward increasing our environmental sustainability.
This is the beginning of an ongoing process of instituting green technology and sustainable practices across all areas of our museum’s operations. We hope that this initiative resonates with you and that you will contribute toward advancing this cause.
Reasons to Support
ICA LA’s goal is to raise $25,000 to cover the hard costs of solar panels and inverters. With a gift of any amount, you are:
- Saving ICA LA $30,000 each year in utility costs—savings that will be reinvested in our exhibitions and community programs
- Advancing Los Angeles’s city-wide goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050
- Helping to save the planet
At ICA LA, we believe that giving back should be an enjoyable experience that engages supporters in ways that go beyond a monetary transaction. Whether you donate $10 or $10,000 to ICA LA’s solar energy campaign, we are committed to celebrating the impact of your gift by connecting you with carbon-neutral opportunities to explore/experience contemporary art. All donations are fully tax-deductible.
About ICA LA
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is an epicenter of artistic experimentation and incubator of new ideas.
Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) and reestablished in 2017 with a new identity and home in Downtown Los Angeles, ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of bold curatorial vision and innovative programming to illuminate the important untold stories and emerging voices in contemporary art and culture. The museum’s 12,700 square-foot renovated industrial building—designed by wHY Architecture under the leadership of Kulapat Yantrasast—features ample space for exhibitions, public programs, retail pop-ups, integrated offices, and special projects.
ICA LA’s mission is to support art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other. ICA LA is committed to upending hierarchies of race, class, gender, and culture. Through exhibitions, education programs, and community partnerships, ICA LA fosters critique of the familiar and empathy with the different. ICA LA is committed to making contemporary art relevant and accessible for all.
Risks and challenges
Meeting all of ICA LA’s energy needs with 100% renewable resources is a bold undertaking. Given our strictly climate-controlled galleries and generous public operating hours, the museum’s utility usage is markedly different from other businesses and nonprofit organizations. ICA LA’s energy needs are approximately 130,000 kilowatt (kW) hours per year. Our new solar-powered system will yield 100,000 kilowatt (kW) hours per year. The museum is instituting policies that will lower its energy usage. While we are confident that ICA LA will be 100% solar powered, solar energy output is directly affected by weather variations. During rainy and cloudy conditions, panels will continue to generate electricity, but under their peak production range. Given Southern California’s temperate climate and nearly year-round sunshine, a dramatic drop in solar output is unlikely; however, an unanticipated weather event has the potential to severely impact energy production and could trigger back-up use of DWP utilities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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