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. Read more