LA Commons hosts its 5th Annual Found L.A. ‘Festival of Neighborhoods’ FREE Tours
On Saturday, October 17, 2015 and Sunday, October 18, 2015, L.A. Commons will host its 5th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods. Following last year’s tie to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s ‘Great Streets’ program, this year’s theme is driven by the idea of mapping one’s own Los Angeles. The weekend of tours is inspired by the new Heyday release LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas, which brings 19 diverse local writers together with a cartographer to explore aspects of the city’s geography, history, and culture. The essays range from quirky to provocative, but each is grounded by the physical, societal and perceived boundaries and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, which often foretell the city’s future. A selection of authors will lead some of the October 17-18 weekend’s tours.
“LAtitudes immediately caught my attention with each of these great local authors’ takes on their personal mapping of the vast area we call L.A.,” states Karen Mack, Executive Director of L.A. Commons. “Connecting Angelenos to the people and places that make up the city is central to LA Commons’ mission, and our annual Found L.A. tours embody that. This year, we are thrilled to bring to life these authors’ writings as they lead tours, alongside many other terrific volunteer-lead neighborhood tours.”
Found L.A. is a FREE, annual citywide event that showcases culturally dynamic neighborhoods through the eyes of residents, public figures and renowned artists, who volunteer to share their unique perspective and passion for their neighborhood. Found L.A. is open to anyone who wants to organize a tour of their neighborhood, and anyone who wants to learn more about the vast expanse that is Los Angeles.
As part of Found L.A., culture seekers explore historic boulevards, sample delicious foods in unknown corridors, and hear little known stories, among many other adventures in communities all around the city. During the weekend of October 17-18, tourgoers will have the opportunity, through the LAtitudes authors, to get a personal perspective on the natural history of L.A. with Teddy Varno, a fresh take on L.A.’s (ugly) buildings from Wendy Gilmartin, a different lens on the trajectory of L.A.’s gay community with Sylvia Sukop, and more. Full details and the growing list of tours will be regularly updated on the website.
Just added is a tour to be led by new L.A. City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (District 8, western South L.A.).
This program is produced in partnership with Hey Day Books, and is made possible by funding from The California Endowment and LA2050, a projct of the Goldhirsh Foundation.