Community Engagement Opportunities for Brea’s Housing Element Update
As the City is in the process of updating its Housing Element for the 2021-2029-year cycle, the launch of ShapeBrea.net has played a critical role in community engagement. A Housing Survey is currently available where members of the community can share their opinions as to what they see are Brea’s most important housing needs. So far, 56 surveys have been received, along with two housing stories, and one idea on how the City can work towards expanding its inclusive housing. Most recently, ShapeBrea.net was utilized to call for applicants to participate in the Housing Element Stakeholder Meeting that was held on February 11. Participants were able to provide feedback to City staff and consultants about how the City can provide affordable housing and incorporate environmental justice. ShapeBrea.net will continue to be an instrumental tool to share updates regarding how community members can participate in this project, including the Build Your Dream Home Challenge, Community Outreach Meeting, and future Public Hearings. Visit the site to view more information about how to participate in the process, both in-person and online.
Brea Youth Basketball Camp
The Brea Gallery’s Interview with Shoutout SoCal
In December Shoutout SoCal interviewed the Brea Art Gallery’s Director and Curator, Heather Bowling. The interview focused on Heather’s view on risk-taking as a necessary element when chasing dreams and running an art gallery. Heather shared the following about what she has learned about running the Brea Art Gallery:
“When I took over as Director of the Brea Gallery three years ago, I of course had a lot of big ideas and dreams for the space. Since then, every single time I want to launch a new program or reinvent an old one, I do my best to anticipate every ‘what if’, but at the end of the day, I cannot guess what our visitors’ responses will be or how financially successful the program will be… but I know that if I do not try, I will never know. And luckily, I am given the free reign to take these risks in order to grow the scope of our space and the reach of our audience."
The Brea Gallery Gift Shop is Open and Serving Customers
The Brea Art Gallery is now open as a retail space to serve visitors in the gift shop and purchase artwork on display. Open hours will remain Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Advanced reservations are not required, but capacity will be limited. Masks, social distancing, and temperature checks are necessary for entry. Online shopping with curbside pickup is also available during the same hours.
The current exhibit, Taking Up Space, is being presented virtually in a variety of ways. During the show, January 30 – March 26, online visitors will be able to explore the exhibition through a 3D-rendered, click-thru tour on ArtSteps. Images and video of the exhibit are alongside artist interview videos on the Brea Gallery’s blog, breaartgallery.com, and social media. Artist Instagram Takeover Weekends, Instagram (IG) live curator tours, and a Zoom Artist Panel are additional features during the exhibit. Stay tuned as more details will be announced soon.
Associated Road Wall and Fence Repair
In January, A1 Fencing began Capital Improvement Project 7692 for repairs to the wall along Associated Road that runs parallel with the flood control channel. Repairs were made to the damaged wall and wrought iron fence. The County Flood Control cut down some problematic trees, and City Maintenance staff painted the remaining wrought iron fence. The job is complete.