L.A. Commons 7th Annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods

L.A. Commons (www.lacommons.org) will host the 7th Annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods Saturday, Oct. 21 & Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.

The 2017 edition of Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods focuses on Latino culture taking place in Los Angeles; as well as Latin American artists who are not included in PST: LA/LA.  Highlights from the free tours include art studio/gallery hopping in Highland Park; a visit in Chinatown with Homegirl Café and Homeboy Bakery; exploration of Pico Union’s Salvador Corridor; Pacoima’s Mural Mile; Lincoln Heights’ Plaza De La Raza; Mexican and Japanese dance in Little Tokyo; a visit in Boyle Heights with artist Lilia Ramirez, among others.  All tours spotlight the vibrant Latin American culture that has shaped our city.

 

7th Annual Found L.A. Puts Eye on Pacific Standard Time for 2017 Edition of

FREE Festival of Neighborhoods

Saturday, October 21, 2017 and Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

WHAT: 

L.A. Commons (www.lacommons.org) will host the 7th Annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods.  The weekend of free tours is inspired by the Getty’s PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (PST: LA/LA) which highlights Latin American art.

 

The 2017 edition of Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods focuses on Latino culture taking place in Los Angeles; as well as Latin American artists who are not included in PST: LA/LA.  Highlights from the free tours include art studio/gallery hopping in Highland Park; a visit in Chinatown with Homegirl Café and Homeboy Bakery; exploration of Pico Union’s Salvador Corridor; Pacoima’s Mural Mile; Lincoln Heights’ Plaza De La Raza; Mexican and Japanese dance in Little Tokyo; a visit in Boyle Heights with artist Lilia Ramirez, among others.  All tours spotlight the vibrant Latin American culture that has shaped our city.

 

WHO: 

Featured artists include: Kathy Gallegos, Rosamaria Marquez, Pola Lopez, Heriberto Luna, José Ramirez, Eloy Torres, Lilia Ramirez, Ofelia Esparza. Locations include: Avenue 50 Studio, Colibri Boutique, Homegirl Café, Homeboy Bakery, Rock Rose Gallery.

 

WHEN: 

Saturday, October 21 – Sunday, October 22, 2017

See individual tours for start/end times

FREE with RSVP

LA Commons Site Link: http://www.lacommons.org/programs/found-la/

Found L.A. Eventbrite URL: https://la-commons-2017-found-la.eventbrite.com 

 

 

WHY:

Found L.A. is a FREE, annual citywide event, and a program of the non-profit L.A. Commons that showcases culturally dynamic neighborhoods through the eyes of residents, public figures and renowned artists, who volunteer to share their unique perspective and passion for their neighborhood.  Found L.A. is open to anyone who wants to organize a tour of their neighborhood, and for anyone who wants to learn more about the vast expanse that is Los Angeles. This program is made possible by funding from AirBnB and the Herb Alpert Foundation.

 

WHERE:         

See individual tours for locations.  Across Los Angeles.

 

COST:

FREE; however, RSVP is required.

 

 

LIST OF EVENTS:

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - Highland Park – Honoring The Ancestors

 

Avenue 50 Studio

131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/honoring-the-ancestors-tickets-38638729480

 

The Avenue 50 Studio Gallery is a great example of an art gallery devoted to displaying and promoting the work of the diverse artistic population of Los Angeles. Eighteen years ago, it was the very first independent non-profit art gallery in Los Angeles not associated with another institution. Kathy Gallegos as Executive Director programs an exhibit around All Souls Day that deals with the Mexican Dia de los Muertos as a celebration of life... This year is no exception with two large altars being constructed along with the work of 16 other artists. Artist Raoul de la Sota will present a historic explanation to the exhibit and various other artists will discuss their work.

 

More Information about Raoul de la Sota and Avenue 50 Studio:

http://avenue50studio.org/

Why Art Matters | Raoul De La Sota | TEDxSouthLakeTahoe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruUJvwwS-pk

 

 

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm - Highland Park – The Enchanting Rock Rose

 

Rock Rose Gallery

4108 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles CA 90065

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-enchanting-rock-rose-tickets-38639426565

 

 

Rosamaria Marquez founded Rock Rose Gallery to provide a home for artists of all ages, disciplines and approaches.  This month she has teamed up with artist Pola Lopez, to present an exhibition entitled “Largely Invisible”, highlighted by Pola’s work of intense color and symbolic imagery and reflective of her Mestiza/Chicana/Indigenous background.  You will be enthralled by them both.

 

More Information about Rock Rose and Pola Lopez Studio:

http://www.rockrosegallery.com/

http://www.polalopez.com/bio.htm

 

 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Chinatown – Hanging with the Homies

 

Homeboys Industries

130 W. Bruno St., Los Angeles CA 90012

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinatown-hanging-with-the-homies-tickets-38639568991

 

Homegirl Café and Homeboy Bakery are two beacons of food, love and transformation in the lives of Eastsiders want to break free from a life in gangs.  People come from miles around to eat delicious breakfasts and devour tasty sweet treats.  Showing in the restaurant gallery is the amazing Jose Ramirez whose work chronicles the lives of L.A.’s latino community in vibrant technicolor hues.  Come be wowed by the art and the food and this place that give hope and opportunity to so many.

 

More Information about Homeboys Industries:

http://www.homeboyindustries.org/

 

 

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm - Pico Union – Salvador Corridor

 

Olympic Community Police Station

1130 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles CA 90006

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salvador-corridor-tickets-37960252136

 

Los Angeles is home to a vibrant Salvadoran community, the largest outside of El Salvador.  In recent years, this dynamic group was able to achieve designation of the Little Salvador Corridor, running along Vermont between Olympic. and Adams. Here you will find authentic expressions of the Salvadoran people in food and music and other ways.  Come explore this neighborhood and the unique culture to be found here.

 

More Information about the Salvador Corridor:

http://www.salvadorancorredorusa.com/

 

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 22

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Pacoima – Mural Mile

 

Myke's Café

13171 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles CA 91331

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacoimas-mural-mile-tickets-37742501839

 

On Pacoima's Van Nuys Blvd, previously whitewashed walls have been transformed into giant artistic canvases. Join muralist and educator Kristy Sandoval, as she showcases six of the more than 20 murals that adorn the boulevard, including her own Mi Vida: Mi Cultura and Assata Shaur.

 

Enjoy learning about the behind-the-scenes mural process, how the community has embraced the movement, and how these murals reflect the local Pacoima history, the environmental changes afoot and the demographics of the community. Van Nuys Blvd is one of the Los Angeles Great Streets.

 

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen, an umbrella, or anything to protect you from the sun, there is not much shade. 

 

More Information about Pacoima’s murals and Kristy Sandoval:

http://www.muralmile.org/map-1

https://www.facebook.com/Kristy-Sandoval-Art-210207593972/

 

 

11:00 am – 11:30 am - Lincoln Heights – Plaza de la Raza

 

Plaza de la Raza

Cultural Center for the Arts & Education

3540 North Mission Rd., Los Angeles CA 90031

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lincoln-heights-plaza-de-la-raza-tickets-38639647225

 

Plaza de la Raza was founded to provide Los Angeles Eastside communities with a cultural haven.  The beautiful location in Lincoln Park is a testament to the power of their dream.  The organization is a dynamic center for artistic participation by young and old alike.  Come visit this oasis and see the art of Eloy Torres, who paints art of the people in his murals which reflect the spirit of each person he depicts in his work.  When you are through, you can walk to the Brewery Art Walk, a highlight of the art calendar in Los Angeles, as a showcase of the artwork of the complexes many talented residents. 

 

More Information about Plaza de la Raza:

http://www.plazadelaraza.org/

 

 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - Little Tokyo – Come FandangObon

 

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)

244 S. San Pedro St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/come-fandangobon-tickets-37743212966

 

Fandango is the beautiful, community centered music and dance from the heart of Vera Cruz in Mexico.  Obon is a ritual dance performed for the ancestors in Japanese tradition.  What happens when these two cultures come together, along with a third, African?  Come to Little Tokyo to find out on this tour that includes these performances and walk through dynamic Little Tokyo.

 

More Information on FandangObon and Sustainable Little Tokyo:

http://www.sustainablelittletokyo.org/events/fandangobon2017

http://www.jaccc.org/fandangobon/

 

 

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