“We feel the showing of multicultural arts on a monthly basis in a working class community can go a long way in educating people to the importance of diverse art in their lives.”
Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park hosts art exhibits, poetry readings, film screenings, and musical events highlighting not only the arts and artists of Mexico and Central America, but “showcasing the arts and artists of Northeast L.A. and the greater Los Angeles area.”
Their program Poetry for the People/Poesia para La Gente aims to bring poetry to the people, though in “non-traditional places”—like the upper level of the Gold Line.
On the fourth Sunday of every month, the Studio offers La Palabra Poetry, inviting the community to read their own poetry, which is then followed by a local poet, and on every second Sunday they host the Bluebird Reading Series.
Anyone and everyone is also invited to take a lesson, learn to read music and practice techniques by classical guitarist Jose Varela—$10 per session, 11 a.m.-noon, every Sunday (Jose Varela, email@example.com or call 562.228.9722).
Photographer John Tapia Urquiza offers his sin turistas workshops that include introductory photography classes, a helping hand into the world of digital cameras and photoshop, as well as seeing, shooting and playing with black and white digital photography. In October and November he has one-day workshops called “Sights and Sounds of Highland Park” introducing participants to composition, the art of documenting an area, and “the use of design elements in photography” before taking a walking and shooting tour of the area.
This Sunday’s fundraiser is to raise monies to support these varied artistic programs and events, supplementing funds that are provided to Avenue 50 Studio by The James Irvine Foundation, The California Endowment, and the L.A. County Arts Commission.
Music will abound, poetry will be shared, and a silent auction will tempt you with linocuts, seriagraphs, woodburnings, laser cut drawings, “airbrush on zinc braille,” etching collages, assemblages, photo prints on hand made paper, silkscreens, ceramics, watercolors, acrylic on board, and oil on masonite. You can peruse auction items and even bid on them (or buy them outright) —click here. Refreshments will be provided.
Avenue 50 Studio’s 6th Semi-Annual Fundraiser & Art Auction
Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2-6 p.m.
Pico House, 424 N. Main St. at Olvera St., 90012
For complete info, visit Avenue50Studio.org