Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods

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2nd Annual Found L.A.: Festival of Neighborhoods on Sun., Oct. 21st – Secret Sites Shared Through Tours Across L.A.’s Neighborhoods

Free Citywide Event Shows Off Culturally Dynamic Neighborhoods Through Local Guides 

On Sunday, October 21, 2012, the non-profit L.A. Commons (www.lacommons.org)—with the mission to connect people across Los Angeles’ vast metropolis through the artistic, social and cultural projects that celebrate the unique stories of L.A.’s neighborhoods—will host the 2nd annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods.  Found L.A. is a FREE, citywide event that will showcase culturally dynamic neighborhoods through the FREE tours (varying times between 9:00am and 4:00pm) provided by residents, public figures and renowned artists, who volunteer to share their unique perspective and passion for their neighborhood. Participants will see the inside of sacred spaces, taste a traditional dish they’ve only heard about, or hear neighborhood histories reserved for those “in the know.”

Specific to the NELA area are the Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Frog Town tours:

Studio Visits of Elysian Valley - Long time resident and artist Patricia Perez will discuss the artistic community of the Elysian Valley. Walk along the L.A. River with Patricia as she discusses her memories of Frog Town as while you visit with the artist community that thrives there.

Route 66 on Foot - Here is a great opportunity to experience the road less traveled and explore up close and personal the highway and its history in historic Highland Park. “Get your kicks on Route 66” with author and photographer Scott Piotrowski as we explore the landmarks that abound along the Mother Road in Northeast LA. Scott is the author of “Finding the End of the Mother Road: Route 66 in Los Angeles County”. He has been active in preservation and promotion of historic roads for over 15 years, especially those highways that traverse the Los Angeles area. 

Hiking the Eagle Rock Trail - Learn details of trail building while hiking the scenic pathway along side of the “Eagle Rock”. Peter Schaller has been building trails since 1986, including trails at Crystal Lake, Mt Baldy, Mt Lukens, Monrovia Canyon Park, Pickens Ridge, and our own Eagle Rock Trail. The views from the top are amazing.

All tours are open and free to the public. Other tours include Venice, the Byzantine-Latino Quarter, NoHo, Central Ave, Little Tokyo, Watts, So LA, Filipinotown, and Little Ethiopia. People are encouraged to sign up for multiple tours.  For more information about each tour and to sign up: contact Maya Thomas Cultural Development Manager at maya@lacommons.org . To get more information and sign up for tours like our page on Facebook or visit our website www.lacommons.org.


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