Grand Ave Arts 2018 (photo by Javier Guillen, courtesy Grand Ave Arts: All Access)

The stretch of Wilshire between Fairfax and La Brea is known as Museum Row, home to the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), the La Brea Tar Pits, Craft Contemporary, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and, soon, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Over the past few decades, however, Downtown’s Grand Ave has emerged as a worthy counterpoint to Museum Row, as more and more cultural institutions take root there. Bookended by the Central Library and Grand Park, the roster includes the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Music Center (whose plaza recently underwent a $41 million renovation), Broad Museum, Center Theatre Group, Disney Concert Hall, and Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT).

This Saturday, a bevy of family-friendly events, exhibitions, and performances will be free and open to the public as part of the fifth annual Grand Ave Arts: All Access. Musical and theatrical programs include 15-minute voice lessons with the Master Chorale, a conducting workshop at the Colburn School, and a backstage tour of the LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Several events in honor of Día de los Muertos are planned, ranging from sugar skull workshops at the Central Library, to Día de los Muertos art workshops at the new Music Center Plaza, and an exhibition of 5o altars at Grand Park created by local artists and community groups, organized in conjunction with Self Help Graphics and Art and LORE Media and Arts, accompanied by performances from Grupo Folklórico Huitzillin. Film screenings include a selection of works from the International Children’s Film Festival at REDCAT, and a short film program showcasing the career of legendary dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham at MOCA. These are just a few of the almost two dozen events highlighting the cultural richness that Grand Ave has to offer.

When: Saturday, November 2, 11am–4pm
Where: Grand Ave., from Temple to 6th Street (Grand Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info at Grand Ave Arts

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