This map, courtesy of the LA Stage Alliance, illustrates the problem perfectly:
See that large empty space in Southeast LA County? That’s Downey’s responsibility, and you can see that the Downey Civic Theatre is the only notable venue anywhere near us. How notable? Well, it wasn’t even on the map until about a month ago when I emailed the website’s webmaster about its omission.
We have a responsibility that we’re not fulfilling. One project I hope to tackle soon is to list the cities with comparable populations and incomes and compare what they’ve done about the arts to what Downey has done.