Neighborhood Treasures celebrates historically significant Monrovians through the installation of public art pieces in various neighborhoods throughout the community. The goal of the program is to enrich the lives of those who view the art and improve neighborhoods by its presence.
Neighborhood Treasures was developed by Monrovia Area Partnership staff and leaders, vetted by the Art in Public Places Committee, and approved by the City Council in 2018. Neighborhood Treasures' public art includes specialized art work that visually represent the life and contributions of the honorees.
Three Neighborhood Treasures were unveiled in 2018. Two more will be added in 2019!
Monrovia's Neighborhood Treasures Program Selected as a Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) Award Finalist for Best Neighborhood Program
We’re so excited to be able to share the Monrovia’s Neighborhood Treasures program has been chosen as a finalist in the Best Neighborhood Program by the organization Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA). One of the key components of the Neighborhood Treasures program is to affirm and reinforce the importance and value of Monrovia’s neighborhoods through the recognition and celebration of Monrovians that have contributed to the community through public art in their neighborhoods. The community’s reception to the program has been terrific and Neighborhood Treasures has become one of Monrovia’s flagship public art initiatives.
During the program’s inaugural year in 2018, the first three Treasures were installed recognizing Colonel Allen Allensworth, humanitarian Kate Wright, and WASP test pilot Bettie Mae Scott.
The Best Neighborhood Program awards are a way for NUSA to recognize outstanding government entities and businesses for their work in improving the quality of life in their communities. Out of over 30 programs who entered, the top 7 were selected to be finalists. Our staff will make a presentation of the program to the NUSA Board at the upcoming international conference in May in Palm Springs. As an aside, MAP has been recognized by NUSA three times in the past for outstanding programming, including for our quarterly newsletter, the Youth Leadership Academy, and our Care for Your Neighbor Program!
Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) is a national, non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Created in 1975 to share information and experiences used to build stronger communities, NUSA continues to encourage networking and information-sharing to facilitate the development of partnerships among neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector for the ultimate goal of strengthening every neighborhood.