LIT will be a block party celebration of San Fernando Valley history, art and culture in the heart of the San Fernando Valley – on the Reseda Blvd Great Street. The event will capitalize on the momentum of the [RE]visit [RE]seda Blvd partnership, utilize and feature the new Great Streets amenities, while demonstrating responsiveness to community input captured during the Challenge Grant series of [RE]visit [RE]seda Blvd events in 2015-16.

Leading up to LIT, San Fernando Valley youth will be engaged in STEM-driven coding training that produces a requested community outcome – more lighting and art and cultural events on Reseda Blvd. Students from the local Devonshire PALS Center for at-risk youth, will receive training and mentorship from Light Riders, a San Fernando Valley-based event lighting design partnership. The Light Riders will train the PALS kids to create and activate custom event lighting that will be programmed to correlate with music generated by 8 live DJ sets over the course of a 5-hour block party event. The training will meet the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) content standards and provide technical education and workforce training geared toward the entertainment and event industries, including professional mentorship.

In addition, LIT will feature various curated art shows, interactive dance demonstrations by Strife TV, a Valley Relics-curated light installation featuring the light-up signs of the San Fernando Valley’s past, children’s art activities directed by the Museum of the San Fernando Valley and will showcase Valley food and beverage vendors, local artisans and the corridor’s businesses.

LIT’s partners include Light Riders,Valley Relics, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, the Devonshire PALS at-risk youth center, the Northridge South Neighborhood Council, Northridge Chamber of Commerce, California State University Northridge Students and Alumni, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Studio, Councilmember Mitchell Englander and the Twelfth District Council Office, Northridge Sparkle Campaign beautification team, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Collective Lifestyle, Reload LA and many other local merchants and finally, the local music and art community.

LIT quite literally will shine a light on the rich culture of the San Fernando Valley, giving the diverse residents, businesses and visitors an opportunity to proudly celebrate a unique past, in the present, while building the community of their future.