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Monday, August 11, 2014


Diorama Action!...Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Southwest Museum in the Mayan Tunnel

10AM to 4PM, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Southwest Museum

Visit the Living Museum in the Mayan Tunnel to see an art installation of diorama’s by the students of  LFCSA & Franklin Sr. High.  An original, 1920’s era Mayan Tunnel diorama will brought back for viewing for the special one day event. 
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The 100th Anniversary events at the Southwest Museum
10 AM Reception      Autry President & CEO W. Richard West, Jr. &  City Council Member Gil Cedillo.   Breakfast pastries and refreshments will be served.
11 AM Program        Presentations about the National Register museum, designed by the noted local architecture firm Hunt & Burns.   Q&A will follow the program.  Please RSVP at under “Events” 
All Day                   Wander and enjoy the historic building, gardens and views, Visit the Braun Library for a special archive display . Visit the Mayan Tunnel to see "Diorama Action! Exploring Themes of Charles Lummis & the Arroyo Seco"
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Sycamore Grove Walking Tours by the Highland Park Heritage Trust

Next tours: August 23, October 25, December 20 (Saturdays) at 10AM  - 
This walking tour explores the rich and varied architectural and social history of the Sycamore Grove area of Highland Park, one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods.

Cost: $10 for non-members 
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Lummis Day 2014

The Living Museum at Lummis Day 2014, the Festival of the Northeast LA.
In the gardens of the Lummis Home, the students of Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts presented the culmination of their exploration of the Living Museum. The young artists created a stunning series of public art installations in the garden, exploring the themes of the Living Museum, including Charles Lummis, Historic Preservation, the Southwest Museum and the Mayan Tunnel, the ecology of the Arroyo Seco and the native people who lived along the Arroyo. Many of the works were interactive, inviting the community to add their thoughts, dreams and poetry to the artistic process.  

Artist in Residency at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts

The Living Museum represented by Louisa Van Leer was the artist in residence at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. During the 2 month residency, we brought over one hundred 5th and 6th graders out to tour the Living Museum and to explore the history of Sycamore Grove and the Arroyo Seco. We brought in local experts t...o talk to the students in depth, including Suzanne Lummis, Poet, Tonatzin Carmelo, Actor & Tongva tribal member, Christina Morris, regional director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Jane Tsong, local artist and expert on the North Branch of the Arroyo Seco. 

KCET Youth Departures did a wonderful feature on the student's whole immersive exploration...check it out!

Inaugural Event

Over 350 people joined us in Sycamore Grove  to kick off The Living Museum public Initiative on March 8, 2014.  It was a beautiful all day event with walking tours, music, art and design with many visitors experiencing the Sycamore Grove District for the first time.  Ronald Rocha documents the day in his article for "Our Cornerstone" newsletter: