Press Release — “Found L.A.” Program

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Julie Du Brow
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Councilman Eric Garcetti Gives Atwater Tour as Part of Oct. 1st “Found L.A.” Program Launch

Free Citywide Event from L.A. Commons Showcases Culturally Dynamic Neighborhoods Through the Eyes of Local Residents

Los Angeles, CA (September 2011) Eric Garcetti, President of the Los Angeles City Council, will help kick off the new FOUND L.A. program on Sat., October 1, 2011, by giving a tour of Atwater Village through his eyes. Created by 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—Found L.A. is a free, citywide event that will showcase culturally dynamic neighborhoods through tours provided by residents, public figures and renowned artists, who volunteer to share their unique perspective.

Councilman Garcetti’s tour of Atwater Village—a neighborhood he represents on the City Council—will include walking along the Los Angeles River, in the residential area, and on the neighborhood’s main drag, Glendale Boulevard, which boasts a burgeoning array of boutiques and restaurants. His tour will take place from 4:00-5:00pm.

“I am excited that so many people, including Councilman Garcetti, have stepped up to share the richness of Los Angeles,” states LA Commons Executive Director Karen Mack. “The LA Commons programs continue to deliver on our goal of connecting people to neighborhoods often thought of in not so positive terms, but which, in reality, are some of the richest destinations in the city, full of culture, and wonderful stories and storytellers. I love that we direct people off the freeways and into a new part of the city in a fresh way.”

In San Pedro, the duo behind the Warner Grand Theatre, sisters Liz and Taran Schindler, will share their grand vision for the arts district as the neighborhood transforms from the home of beer, bait and bail to a haven for artists, galleries and a range of cultural happenings.

In Leimert Park, artist Karen Collins will, among other things, share her African American Museum of Miniatures. The surprising Museum is comprised of shadow boxes created with found objects depicting scenes from the history of the African American community—from the royalty of Egypt to Martin Luther King and Mohammed Ali.

All tours are open and free to the public; people may sign up for multiple tours. For more information about each tour and to sign up: http://www.lacommons.org/foundla/index.html. The day will culminate with a post-tours celebration of Los Angeles’ ingenuity through ethnically diverse food, music and art at Atwater Crossing, from 6:00-9:00pm (cost of $25.00).

Current confirmed FOUND L.A. tours which can be signed up for are:
Atwater Village: Councilman Eric Garcetti, guide (4:00-5:00pm)
Highland Park: musician Timothy Sellers (time TBA)
Inglewood: youth & staff from Chuco’s Justice Center (time TBA)
Leimert Park: artist Karen Collins, guide (time TBA)
Little Tehran: Liane Schirmer, guide (3:00-5:00pm)
St. Elmo’s Village: Roderick Sykes, guide (3:30-5:30pm)
San Pedro: Staff of Warner Grand Theatre, guide (11:00am-3:00pm)
Santa Monica “Green Light District”: business owner Frank Angiuli, guide (10:30-11:30am)
Thai Town: Local residents, guide (time TBA)

Additional neighborhoods pending confirmation include Boyle Heights, Culver City, Eco Village, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, MacArthur Park and parts of the San Fernando Valley.

Found L.A. is supported by the California Arts Council and The Boeing Company.

L.A. Commons, a project of Community Partners, works in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles,
facilitating artistic processes, open to all, that result in highly visible public art projects that tell dynamic
neighborhood stories. L.A. Commons builds community by validating the importance of local narratives,
enhancing the sense of belonging felt by a broad range of stakeholders and encouraging stronger ties
between the people and places of Los Angeles.

For additional information, please visit www.lacommons.org (click on Found LA) or contact Maidel Luevano at maidel@lacommons.org. LA Commons general info: 213-705-4457.

For Media Inquiries—including previews, attending the tour, or interviews—please contact Julie Du Brow at Julie@dubroworks.com or 310-821-2463.

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