Found LA

The Soul of the City

LA Commons hosts its 6th Annual Found L.A. ‘Festival of Neighborhoods’ FREE Tours

October 15th & 16th

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 and Sunday, October 16, 2016, the non-profit L.A. Commons will host its 6th annual Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods. As previous years’ tours have been guided by themes—the L.A. River, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets program, and last year’s Maps of Los Angeles—this year’s tours focus on religion and spirituality in Los Angeles under the banner “The Soul of the City.”

The Fall tour event builds on a June program through L.A. Commons that enabled Angelenos to delve into the Muslim faith, deepening their collective understanding. L.A. Commons partnered with a range of local Islamic and Interfaith organizations for a celebration of Ramadan, kicking off the month of fasting with music, poetry and of course, food. Tours of mosques around town were included.

So inspired by the reaction to this event, Found LA’s “The Soul of the City” participants in October will have the opportunity to explore the amazing diversity of religions and spirituality across Los Angeles and the cultural practices embedded within them. Consider Wat Thai Temple in North Hollywood, where Thai Buddhists gather to observe their faith and partake in the offerings at an incredible food marketplace. First AME church in Los Angeles was founded by Los Angeles pioneer Biddy Mason and others and is now housed in a landmark building designed by Paul Williams with not to be missed historic murals inside. Visit the Hollywood Temple where Hindu Swami, Paramahansa Yogananda, brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s, and incorporated the Self Realization Fellowship in 1935. And become familiar with the Islamic community, including its mosques. More tours are currently being confirmed.

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 generously 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. Found LA offers culture-seekers the opportunity to explore historic boulevards, sample delicious foods in unknown corridors, and hear little known stories, among many other adventures in communities all around the city.

Check out a map of the tours:

All tours are open and FREE to the public, but registration is required. People may sign up for multiple tours.  For more information on registering, please visit For information on how to offer a tour, please contact Karen Mack at LA Commons:

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Councilman Eric Garcetti leading a tour through Atwater Village. "Revisit the Red Car" Mural, part of the Atwater Village tour. Atwater Village tour stops at WOOF Dog Boutique. Elson Trinidad leading a tour through East Hollywood. His tour made stops in in Thai Town, Little Armenia, Barnsdall Park, Healthcare Square, and Hel-Mel Bicycle District. Tour-goers on the corner of Hollywood & Western during their tour of East Hollywood.  The hot dog sitting atop the Thai Hot Dog Stand has since been removed. Site of the first electric pole in Los Angeles, erected in 1916, first stop on the Highland Park tour led by Timothy Sellers. Highland Theatre restored neon sign, part of the Historic Route 66 signage district in Highland Park. Mr.T's Bowl & Nightclub, a bowling alley turned nightclub, dating back to the 1940's. One stop on the Highland Park tour. Timothy Sellers, of the band Artichoke, performs for tour-goers during his tour of Highland Park. View inside Chuco's Justice Center, site of the Inglewood tour led by youth organizers Danae Tapia and David Chavez. Chuco's Justice Center, site of the tour for Inglewood led by youth organizers Danae Tapia and David Chavez. Inglewood tour-goers visiting the graffiti room in Chuco's Justice Center. Tour-goers on the Koreatown tour, led by freelance journalist and food blogger Namju Cho. Nak Won Korean restaurant, on Vermont Ave, one of the stops on the tour of Koreatown.

Photo credits: Julie Du Brow / dubroWORKS PR




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Elson Trinidad leading tour-goers through East Hollywood.

2016 Found LA Tours


A Sacred Neighborhood: Thai Town
Saturday, October 15th
9:00am – 11:00am
Thailand Plaza
5321 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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The Legacy of Biddy Mason
Saturday, October 15th
10:00am – 11:30am
First African Methodist Episcopal Church
2270 S Harvard Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
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Ancient Spirituality in a Modern City
Saturday, October 15th
11:00am – 2:00pm
Bhagavad Gita Museum/Hare Krishna Temple & Restaurant
3764 Watseka Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
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The Tao of Chinatown
Saturday, October 15th
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Cathay Manor
600 N Broadway St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Christ’s Mission for the Living & Dead
Saturday, October 15th
3:30pm – 5:00pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
10777 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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The True Source of Yoga: Self Realization Fellowship
Sunday, October 16th
9:30am – 11:00am
Self Realization Fellowship Hollywood Temple
4860 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90027
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Wilshire Boulevard Temple: Intersecting Art and Spirituality
Sunday, October 16th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
3663 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
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A Rare Zen Ceremony
Sunday, October 16th
11:00am – 1:00pm
Zen Center of Los Angeles
923 S Normandie Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
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Preserving Japanese Culture & Buddhism in a Changing Neighborhood
Sunday, October 16th
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Senshin Buddhist Temple
1311 W 37th St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Shia & Sunni in Los Angeles: Part 1
October 16th
1:00pm – 3:00pm
King Fahad Mosque
10980 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90232
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Shia & Sunni in Los Angeles: Part 2
Sunday, October 16th
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Iman Cultural Center
3376 Motor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
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