Let Metro take you to the new cultural center and public garden near Los Angeles' birthplace, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, near the Olvera Street Market Place in downtown Los Angeles. The nation's premier center of Mexican American culture will open its doors with an official ribbon-cutting on Friday, April 15, and the public grand opening celebration with free day long activities is on Saturday, April 16.
Take the Metro Gold, Purple Line or Red Line to Union Station and walk a short distance to the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes adjacent to Olvera Street. The cultural center will be housed in the historic and newly renovated Vickrey-Brunswig Building ÔÇô at one point the tallest building in Los Angeles--and Plaza House on Main Street in downtown. LA Plaza will also include 30,000 square feet of newly created public garden.
Visitors will enjoy live music, arts workshops, mask making, sculpture and print making workshops conducted by Inner-City Arts and Laartlab. Tickets for the Saturday, April 16, grand opening events are free but tickets must be reserved in advance by logging onto lapca.org or calling 213.542.6254.
Visitors will be able to explore and contribute through dynamic interactive exhibitions the ongoing story of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the founding and shaping of Los Angeles' history and culture.
The Mexican and Mexican American presence has permeated the communities of Los Angeles with its enduring values and celebration of life, touching and enriching everyone in this global metropolis and beyond," said LA Plaza's President and CEO Miguel Angel Corzo. We at LA Plaza are thrilled to tell the comprehensive, vital story of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Los Angeles."
LA Plaza's mission will be further illuminated through exciting and unprecedented public programs including musical performances, cooking classes, film screenings, garden activities, book-signings and discussion series.
For free tickets to grand opening event go to lapca.org or call 213. 542. 6254. For route and schedule information go to metro.net or call GO.METRO (323.466.3876).