FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2019
FIFTH ANNUAL GRAND AVE ARTS: ALL ACCESS
ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE FOR FREE DAY OF ARTS ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AND INTERACTIVE PROGRAMS BY THE REGION’S HIGHLY POPULAR WORLD-CLASS ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS AND NEW BEER GARDEN BY SPACELAND
THE BROAD, CENTER THEATRE GROUP, COLBURN SCHOOL, GRAND PARK,
LA MASTER CHORALE, LA OPERA, LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY, LA PHIL, MOCA,
THE MUSIC CENTER ARTS, and REDCAT
Grand Ave Arts: All Access, the fifth annual, one-day, free community event, returns on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with a diverse program of family-friendly activities, interactive workshops, performances and tours that highlight and offer access to the world-class arts and cultural organizations on Grand Avenue between Temple and 6th Streets.
A collaborative, community-inspired endeavor initiated by participating arts institutions to celebrate their commitment to the cultural landscape of Los Angeles and its many communities, Grand Ave Arts: All Access spotlights the world-class architecture and programming that define the Grand Avenue corridor and Los Angeles’ cultural center.
The range and scope of events taking place underscore the diversity and breadth of museums, performing arts organizations, theatres, schools, institutions and public venues within a five-block area of Downtown Los Angeles. Events include live music performances, docent-led architectural tours, family-friendly readings and films, educational opportunities, scavenger hunts, exhibition tours, craft-making activities and free open-house access to many of the participating institutions. Collaboration on this scale between arts institutions is unique and unrivaled nationwide, exemplifying the spirit of the Los Angeles arts community to collaborate and share through such a broad civic platform.
“For the fifth year, the arts and cultural institutions along Grand Avenue welcome Angelenos to experience what makes this important cultural corridor the heart of artistic expression in Los Angeles,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “Visitors of all ages can enjoy free access to many exhibits, performances and art-making workshops in a day-long, one-of-a-kind experience for arts lovers and those interested in exploring something new. From conducting an orchestra, to getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the making of an opera, viewing community altars for Día de los Muertos, or catching a children’s short film, there is something for everyone to discover,” she added.
On Saturday, November 2, Grand Avenue will be adorned with colorful signage to help guide visitors as they enjoy Grand Ave Arts: All Access programming at each institution:
THE BROAD | 221 S Grand Ave
Make Your Own Art + Cooking Demonstration | All day
Visitors can create their own art-inspired souvenirs and participate in a cooking demonstration with acclaimed restaurant Otium at The Broad’s Family Weekend Workshops. The workshops are for families with children ages 3 and up.
CENTER THEATRE GROUP | The Music Center Plaza | 135 N Grand Ave
Upcoming Show Previews | 11am – 2pm
Join Center Theatre Group for family friendly activities based on upcoming shows at the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre, including Sting starring in The Last Ship, August Wilson’s Jitney, Mike Birbiglia’s The New One, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, and the world premiere production of King James. Plus, spin a prize wheel to win theatre tickets and other fun treats.
COLBURN SCHOOL | 200 S Grand Ave
Interactive Programs and Performances | 11am–4pm The Colburn School offers interactive performances, chamber music concerts, a sing-along, a choir performance, recitals, an open concert band rehearsal and the opportunity to become a maestro for a small chamber orchestra.
GRAND PARK | 200 N Grand Ave
Downtown Día de los Muertos: Altars + Art | All day
Visitors to Grand Park can celebrate the traditions of Día de los Muertos and view more than 50 altars created by local artists and community groups.
LA MASTER CHORALE at The Music Center Plaza | 135 N Grand Ave
Sing-Along | All Day
Guests can take a voice lesson with a Master Chorale chorister during 15-minute group sessions held throughout the day.
LA OPERA at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion | 135 N Grand Ave
Open Door | All Day
Visitors to The Music Center can experience a rare behind-the-scenes tour as LA Opera opens the backstage doors, and hear about the creative process directly from the experts.
LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY / Central Library | 630 W 5th St at Grand Ave
Library Tours | 11am-4pm
Library docents will lead free tours of the art and architecture of the beautiful, historic Central Library. Guests can also make sugar skulls at an all-ages workshop.
LA PHIL | The Music Center Plaza | 135 N Grand Ave
Youth Activities | 11am–3:30pm
Guests visiting The Music Center Plaza can experience LA Phil’s Toyota Symphonies for Youth activities with family friendly hands-on workshops, including art projects, an instrument petting zoo and more!
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles | 250 S Grand Ave
Visitors can enjoy free admission, activities for the whole family, food and drink, and a special screening presented by Dance Camera West to celebrate Merce Cunningham’s centennial. Join the MOCA Education team to play with concepts of color, design, mood, form, and texture in response to the exhibition With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985, to construct a large, communal artwork, as well as individual pieces to take home.
THE MUSIC CENTER ARTS (TMC Arts) I The Music Center Plaza | 135 N Grand Ave
Family Fun | All Day
Visitors to the all-new Music Center Plaza can splash in the Plaza fountain, take a tour of the new Plaza, grab coffee at Go Get Em Tiger or a burger at Upstage Burger and join a free family-friendly celebration of Día de los Muertos with art making, creating Día themed art at workshops guided by professional artists.
REDCAT – Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater at the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex | 631 W 2nd St
Children’s Films | All Day
REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts presents a selection from the annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival. Audiences of all ages can enjoy short animated films highlighting the most innovative and magical techniques, as well as mesmerizing live-action films from around the world.
INFO: All events are free and first-come, first-served. For event schedule and programming information, including details on available food options, please visit: grandavearts.org or (213) 972-8500. #GRANDAVEARTS
TRANSPORTATION: METRO: Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station. For the best route, use the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro (323-466-3876).
PARKING: Located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall structure or The Music Center lot ($9 all day) or The Broad Museum ($15 all day)
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ABOUT PARTICIPATING GRAND AVE ARTS: ALL ACCESS ORGANIZATIONS:
The Colburn School comprises four academic units united by a single philosophy that all who have a desire to study the performing arts should have the opportunity and access to excellent training. The degree-granting Conservatory of Music, the open enrollment Community School of Performing Arts, the Music Academy for pre-college musicians, and the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute provide training to over 2,000 students from the Los Angeles area and across the world. The renowned teachers, performers and scholars that make up Colburn’s dedicated faculty serve as invaluable mentors to guide students’ artistic development. colburnschool.edu
Center Theatre Group
Center Theatre Group serves the diverse audiences of Los by inviting Angelenos to experience the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, by producing ambitious new works, by encouraging our audiences and our community to take a play off the stage and into their lives, and by supporting the next generation of theatregoers, artists, and artisans. This mission is based on a belief that the art of theatre is a cultural force with the capacity to transform the lives of individuals and society at large. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, Managing Director Meghan Pressman, and Producing Director Douglas C. Baker, Center Theatre Group believes that theatre creates
an extraordinary connection between artists and audiences that only starts on the stage. Theatre
creates the energy that feeds a city, a culture, and a society. Theatre reflects the community it serves.
As one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies, Center Theatre Group proudly continues our more than 50-year tradition of using the art of theatre to broaden horizons and illuminate new perspectives.
A vibrant outdoor gathering place, Grand Park is a beautiful public park for the entire community in Los Angeles County. With expansive green space for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the county’s cultural vitality and is host to community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities. The 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east and is easily accessible by Metro via the Red/Purple line to the Civic Center/Grand Park station. The park was named one of American Planning Association’s 10 “Great Public Spaces” in the U.S. for 2013. Working closely with the county, The Music Center is responsible for all operations and programming for the park. For Follow Grand Park on Facebook (GrandParkLosAngeles), as well as Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@GrandPark_LA) grandparkla.org
Under the leadership of Plácido Domingo (Eli and Edythe Broad General Director), James Conlon (Richard Seaver Music Director) and Christopher Koelsch (Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and CEO), LA Opera is one of America’s most exciting and ambitious opera companies, dedicated to staging imaginative new productions, world premiere commissions and inventive productions of the classics that preserve foundational works while making them feel fresh and compelling. The company also presents a robust variety of educational programming and community engagement offerings, experienced by more than 135,000 people each season. To learn more, please visit LAOpera.org .
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres—at two of L.A.’s iconic venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Under the banner of Our City. Our Sound., the LA Phil’s 2017/18 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall is the orchestra’s 99th and is filled with numerous special programs, all leading to next year’s spectacular centennial festivities. To learn more, please visit laphil.com.
Los Angeles Public Library
A recipient of the nation’s highest honor for library service—the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services—the Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse urban population of any library in the nation. Its Central Library, 72 branch libraries, collection of more than six
million books, state-of-the-art technology accessible at lapl.org and more than 18,000 public programs a year provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity for lifelong learning. lapl.org
Founded in 1979, MOCA’s vision is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. In a relatively short period of time, MOCA has achieved astonishing growth with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; a world-class permanent collection of more than 7,000 objects, international in scope and among the finest in the world; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time; and cutting-edge engagement with modes of new media production. MOCA is a not-for-profit institution that relies on a variety of funding sources for its activities. moca.org
The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission and presents an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement. The Broad is home to 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is one of the world’s leading collections of postwar and contemporary art, and welcomes more than 800,000 visitors a year. The 120,000-square-foot building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library, which has been loaning collection works to museums around the world since 1984. Generous support is provided by Leading Partner East West Bank. For more information on The Broad and to sign up for updates, please visit thebroad.org.
The Music Center
The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: The Music Center Arts (TMC Arts) and The Music Center Operations (TMC Ops). TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, on The Music Center Plaza, outside at Grand Park—a 12-acre adjacent green space—and in schools and other locations all over Los Angeles County. TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, free and low-cost public concerts and events, as well as K–12 arts education programs. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil. For more information, visit musiccenter.org. Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MusicCenterLA.
REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, presents an international mix of innovative visual, performing and media arts. REDCAT’s year-round programming values artists who blur the