Downtown L.A.’s Arts District sprung from the rows of industrial buildings that had dominated the area at the turn of the century. As time moved on the buildings were used as spaces for artists to work and live in the area. Today the landscape is changing to include a new wave of residents. Rent prices have risen, and some buildings and spaces have been renovated to meet the demand of non-artists who are flocking to the area, but one can still see a thriving arts community in that location. Art Share Los Angeles is one of the pieces of the arts community that continue to keep the area alive and flourishing.
Art Share L.A. began in 1997 after it renovated a two-story textile recycling factory from the 1920’s into 30 affordable live/work lofts on its top floor and a theater, art gallery, studios, classrooms, and administrative space on its bottom floor. Once an after-school arts center, Art Share L.A. reopened its doors a couple of years ago as a program to support local artists. International street artist, INSA, transformed the outside of their building by adding the iconic colorful façade that stands today and helped make the building into a downtown landmark.
Today Art Share L.A. continues to provide education and resources to artists. They also put on art shows such as the one currently on display until September 2nd. Continue reading “A Space To Create: Art Share LA Offers Resources To The Local Community”
Swift designs involving geometric patterns and shapes blended together to make bold statements, tell stories, and to display works of art in public spaces. Graffiti writing has a long, and often misunderstood, history. People associate the word with lowered property values and delinquent activity. However, the assumptions about graffiti art have evolved over time to recognize the style as an art form.
The Los Angeles exhibition, Beyond The Streets, aims to showcase a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography, and various installations that celebrate the journey that graffiti art movement has taken throughout the more than 40,000 square feet of industrial indoor and outdoor space. Continue reading “Art Exhibition Review: Beyond The Streets”
Camille Ora-Nicole is a southern California-based singer-songwriter who has been writing creatively since the age of six. She creates songs that she loves and that is true to herself and finds the space to seamlessly blend her love for music with her love of crafting pieces of art and graphic design. When she is not creating music or making art, Camille works on managing a digital publication called The 26 LGBTQ that celebrates queer intersectionality and creativity. Continue reading “Singer-Songwriter and ‘The 26 LGBTQ’ Creator Camille Ora-Nicole Seamlessly Blends Talents”
There’s a neighborhood on the eastern edge of Downtown Los Angeles. It’s boundaries stretch from Alameda Street on the west, which blends into Little Tokyo, First Street on the north, the Los Angeles River to the east, and Violet Street on the south. It was a gritty area that has given new life to old industrial buildings whose history dates back to the early 20th century. Art galleries have opened in the area that was once just factories and over time the area has come to be known as LA’s Arts District. But have you ever wondered how or why Los Angeles’ Arts District came to be? Continue reading “What Was The Arts District of Los Angeles And What’s To Come”
Balboa Park is known as the Smithsonian of the West. It houses a rich history of the arts and offers cultural offerings that includes 17 museums and performing arts venues. It’s a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego with so much to offer. The park’s site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use and was named after the Spanish maritime explorer, Vasco Núñez de Balboa. The Panama-California International Exposition, held in Balboa Park during 1915–1916 celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, promoted San Diego as a seaport, and also showcased San Diego as a growing cultural center. Today, Balboa Park and the surrounding areas in San Diego and the Imperial County offers amazing opportunities to engage in and celebrate the arts. You can check out some of them below. Continue reading “Art Museums To Visit In The San Diego & Imperial Counties”
Riverside was built on land that was once a Spanish rancho. Investors from England and Canada transplanted traditions and activities adopted by prosperous citizens such as Southern California’s first golf course and polo field. The mix of culture from the Native, Mexican, Spanish, English, and Canadian people have contributed to art in Riverside. Today, the art scene in riverside is heavily influenced by the Chicano experience. Continue reading “The Art Scene In Riverside”