Thieves steal $15K worth of equipment from Panama Art Factory, GoFundMe campaign launched

Bad news: Thieves broke into the Panama Art Factory in the early hours today and made off approximately $15,000 worth of equipment.

The art hub, located at 4421 24th Street just east of Hollywood Park, has become a bustling arts center in the last year. In addition to hosting artists’ studios, it’s also home to classes, exhibits and shows.

The stolen inventory list is long: Cameras and lenses, tools, musical equipment and much more.

The center’s current studio artist list includes Shaun Burner, Kitty Gerwig, Mathew Glaisyer, Stephen Hayhurst, Melissa Uroff Millner, Miguel Paz , Alonzo Sanchez, Janelle Sonoda, Glenn Takai, Leslie Thompson, Daniel Trejo and Delisse Vargas.

The space is not insured against theft so its artists have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to replace the stolen goods.  The goal is $10,000 and all donations will directly benefit the artists

There will also be an Open Studios tour from noon to 7 p.m. September 10 and 11th. Admission is free but donations are welcome. 

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