Metro Art Moves_DTLA: August 1 art tour

august_tour_post_smMetro continues its new series of free summer art tours, Metro Art Moves_DTLA, on Thursday, August 1. The tours pair local artists with docent guides, who share stories about the artworks and lead activities to heighten tour-goer engagement, demystifying the Metro system along the way.

Meet promptly at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, at the northeast corner of Figueroa and 7th Street, on the street level. Tour has limited capacity. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tours will lead to Grand Park’s Out of Office event, including live music and food trucks.

Want to grab a snack before Metro Art Moves_DTLA, or feeling a little hungry afterward? Show your TAP card and take advantage of special Metro Destination Discounts at locations near the tour route including Qdoba Mexican Grill, Tossed and Boba 7. Those who stick to ending their tour at Grand Park can use their TAP cards, provided on the tour, to score a free pair of sunglasses at the event information booth.

General Information

Tour takes place on the first Thursday of August and September from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Tours begin at 7th Street/Metro Center Station and end at Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

Tours have limited capacity. Reservations are highly recommended. To RSVP, email lej@metro.net.

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Public restrooms are available at Union Station and at Grand Park.

Metro Art Moves Tours

Metro Art Moves tours are designed to attract new riders through arts-based transit experiences. The tours highlight Metro’s diverse collection of artworks, heighten the passenger experience in fun and engaging ways to boost public perceptions about transit, promote rider etiquette and offer opportunities for discovery.

Metro Art Program

Metro Art implements the agency’s percent for art program, manages the care and maintenance of the system’s existing artworks and directs a volunteer docent council. From rail and bus stations to construction fences and poetry cards, art creates a sense of place and engages transit riders.

Since 1989, Metro has commissioned artists to incorporate artworks into a wide array of transportation projects throughout Los Angeles County. The agency has received numerous design and artistic excellence awards, and is renowned for its approaches to integrating art into the transit experience, and for engaging artists at all levels of their careers.

Docent-guided tours are offered the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. Tours for groups of 15 or more are also available by special arrangement. For more information visit metro.net/art and click on Art Tours or call (213) 922-4ART.

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  1. A bit off topic:
    I was at LACMA the other day, and I realized that Metro has an awesome chance to collaborate with them on the Wilshire/Fairfax staton. I just read this article: http://thesource.metro.net/2012/04/18/metro-board-committee-sends-westside-subway-extension-final-study-to-full-board/ and saw this:

    “There was one change to the staff recommendations for the project with staff now saying that the station entrance for the Fairfax station should be at Wilshire and Orange Grove, which is directly across Wilshire from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Staff had originally proposed an entrance on the northwest corner of Wilshire and Fairfax but noted that increased attendance at the museum plus the commitment of LACMA to raise money for a second portal on the north side of Wilshire made that entrance more desireable.”

    Is there still a chance that the station could be put at orange grove instead of fairfax. It would be awesome if LACMA and metro collaborated on the art for this station, even if it is put on fairfax and make this station have the best art of the whole system.