Metro to host free artist workshops

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Metro is hosting a series of free workshops to inform artists about a wide variety of upcoming opportunities and how to apply for them. The informational workshops are for artists only and will be held in February and March at locations throughout LA County. Each workshop will cover the same information. Reservations are required as space is limited at some locations. Please read below for workshop dates and locations, and click on the links below to reserve your seat, and get transit and parking information. Please note that Metro will not be able to validate parking for any of these events.


Monday, February 10, 2014 (6:00 – 7:30pm)
1019 West Art Studios
1019 West Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301

Accessible via bus line: Metro 115

RSVP for the Inglewood workshop

San Gabriel Valley

Monday, February 24, 2014 (6:30-8:00pm)
Rio Hondo College
Campus Inn Theater
3600 Workman Mill Rd.
Whittier, CA 90601

Accessible via bus line: Metro 270 and 577. Foothill 274

RSVP for the San Gabriel Valley workshop


Wednesday, February 26, 2014 (6:00 – 7:30pm)
Japanese American National Museum-National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
111 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Accessible via Metro Gold Line: exit Little Tokyo Station

RSVP for the Downtown workshop

East LA

Friday, March 7, 2014 (4:30 – 6:00pm)
Vincent Price Art Museum
Building S1 Lecture Hall (Room 112)
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Accessible via bus line: Metro 68, 260, 762, 770

RSVP for the East LA workshop


Monday, March 10, 2014 (6:00 – 7:30pm)
Broad Art Foundation
3355 Barnard Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Accessible via bus line: Metro 704 and Santa Monica R10

RSVP for the Westside workshop

South LA

Monday, March 17, 2014 (6:00 – 7:30pm)
Museum of African American Art
Macy’s 3rd Floor
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
4005 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Accessible via bus line: Metro 40

RSVP for the South LA workshop

Miracle Mile

Monday March 24, 2014 (6:00 – 7:30pm)
Brown Auditorium
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Accessible via bus lines: Metro 20 & 720 on Wilshire and 217, 218 and 780 on Fairfax.

RSVP for the Miracle Mile workshop

To join our email list for information about upcoming opportunities for artists, call 213.922.4ART or visit and click on “Artist Opportunities”.

All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities. Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date; please call 213. 922.2726 or California Relay Service at 711.

9 replies

  1. Wasting taxpayer dollars on art.
    Running Metro Rail under the honor system.
    Millions in lost revenue over the years.
    Massive cuts to the bus system.
    Rail projects that extend out past our county lines.
    Huge pension packages for public employee unions straining our budget.
    The highest sales tax in the nation.
    And a flat rate fare hike.

    Metro is completely out of control. We need to bring back sanity to this corrupt government agency.

    • Nothing a detailed complaint to the “Joint Legislative Audit Committee” should not fix, but even THEY are not interested! Maybe they are on the take too!

  2. If Metro allocated some of their useless art to USEFUL art like artful no smoking signs, stand to the left signs, no littering posters, you must TAP to board panels, exit this way to Flower St. signs, then it would be doing two things at once.

    The current artwork has absolutely none of that.

    If Metro has a budget to pay for poor starving artists, why don’t they use that art budget so that the poor starving artists can use their creativity to do something that’s helpful to transit riders?

    Who says art can only be some splashes of paint or some cubism art that you only “get” when you’re high on pot? Art can be public relations posters, it can be no smoking signs, it can be stand to the left posters, it can be TAP cards, it can be USEFUL!

    Use our tax dollars wisely Metro! We’re not paying taxes so you can do whatever you want with them with no plan or whatsoever!

  3. JamesInCA,

    You want to live in a city whose Metro system looks goods? Go try out the Pyongyang Metro. That’s the ultimate grandeur of wasteful spending of the people’s money where their subway stations are filled with luxurious marbled floors and chandeliers, all the while people in North Korea are starving to death.

    Or how about the Moscow Metro which was built during the Soviet Union? Another fine example of wasteful spending of luxurious grandeur when millions of people were dying of famine under Stalin.

    Metro has better things to do with our tax dollars than waste money on art. We’re not Pyongyang and we’re not Moscow. They can add art later when they use the money on what’s important first. Like more restrooms, signages, gates, security and add in shops and restaurants.

    Metro needs to get their priorities in order. Add stuff that’s important to the public transit needs first, then add art later. Not the other way around.

    • I could not agree with this sentiment more! If the MTA put HALF as much money into “art”, as it does into “rehabilitating” Union Station, Bus Division Yards, and all other “infrastructure” that DOES NOT MOVE, then public transit in L.A. County would be WORLD CLASS, not THIRD-CLASS!

  4. Chill out, Scrooges. I want to live in a city that works well *and looks good*.

    Attractive public facilities are more likely to be used by the public. A city that takes pride in itself is more likely to attract the people you want living here. And you might even enjoy living in it a little more.

  5. Whatever system is used to indicate the bus lines that serve a particular location, it needs improvement. Many of these places are served by additional routes from the same “Muni” (not everyone is coming to the Santa Monica event from Downtown Los Angeles) or are served by additional “Munis”, for example, Norwalk Transit also serves Rio Hondo College.

  6. Metro needs to place more emphasis on IMPROVING BUS LINES, not on wasting taxpayer dollars on “public art” on future construction!