Discovering Northeast LA
This Sunday is the 21st Annual Arroyo Arts Collective’s Discovery Tour!
For 24 years, Northeast Los Angeles community arts organization, the Arroyo Arts Collective has brought many original cultural events to our corner of Los Angeles. Some highlights are this summer’s Puppets Retake Northeast Los Angeles, last year’s Tossed Salad at the Old L.A. Farmer’s Market, yarn bombing Figueroa with the Fig Knit-On, the site-specific art installation exhibition, For The Birds at the Audubon Center, and the much-missed Figueroa Street window installation project, Poetry in Windows that ran biennially from 1995 to 2005. All memorable, but the premier event for the collective has always been the Discovery Tour.
The Discovery Tour began in 1993 as a means to highlight the rich cultural heritage of our unique community that was all-too-often being overlooked and forgotten. As home to the city’s first museum (Southwest Museum), and the first art school (Los Angeles College of Fine Arts, later USC School of the Arts, now Judson Studios), NELA has long-been a place for arts and history. Today, just as it was when the tour began in 1993, NELA continues to be one of the most artistic communities in Los Angeles.
This tour is a great opportunity to see artist studios and homes, as well as do some early holiday shopping and buy art directly from the artists at a good discount. There will be music, there will be food, and there will be Batchelder tile. Actually, more Batchelder tile than you will ever see in one day thanks to the many Craftsman-style homes on the tour. There are over a hundred locations to visit, including the studio and historic Mt. Washington home of Gwen Freeman, as featured in the L.A. Times. There will be a shuttle bus available at Lummis Home to a few sites, other than that it is up to you to get to the locations. Billed as an “Auto Tour,” it is possible to do the tour car-free. I have walked and biked to many of the locations, although without the cable car, getting up Mt. Washington can be a challenge.
Before moving to Highland Park, I had flirted with this place many times, but it was the Discovery Tour that made me fall in love. If you have never been, go. If you haven’t been in a while, go again. Tickets are only $10 pre-sale, or $15 the day-of.
21st Annual Discovery Tour
Sunday, November 24th, 2013
9:30AM – 5PM
Tour begins at the Lummis Home
200 East Avenue 43 Los Angeles, 90031.