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Monday, August 11, 2014


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: