Chris Velasco and Elizabeth Bowling discuss the founding, financing and ongoing support of Working Artists Ventura, more widely known as The WĀV.

Velasco and Bowling are co-founders of PLACE, which stands for Projects Linking Art, Community and Environment. PLACE is a nonprofit organization that builds sustainable communities that bring together the arts, environmentalism and social justice. PLACE is hired by cities, municipal entities, and other large institutions like universities and foundations to create green communities for the public good.

The WĀV is the first LEED Certified affordable housing project in Ventura, and only the second in the State of California. The WĀV project harnesses enough solar energy to provide electricity to the regional grid. LEED-designed buildings are healthier for the inhabitants and the environment, while conserving our precious natural resources.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

The WĀV project is a community-driven development effort made possible by the participation of civic and community leaders, nonprofit leaders, volunteers, business leaders, neighbors, and, of course, artists.



Director: Petrina Sharp

Sponsor: NONPROFIT FIRE, Fundraising for Nonprofits

Sponsor: PJ MURALS, We Paint Your World Beautiful

Sponsor: SKYWORKS MARKETING, Performance Advertising

The Nonprofit Behind Working Artists Ventura (WAV)
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