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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.
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Metro offers regularly scheduled as well as special request group tours of the artwork in the Metro Rail system. Tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers. The Metro Art Docent Council is committed to increasing awareness of the broad range of art in the Metro Rail system through public tours that provide insights into the artworks, the artists who created them, the processes it took to make them, and the communities they enhance. While docent programs are commonly found at museums around the world, Metro is the first transit agency to benefit from such a program.
Metro Art Moves You Tours
Valentine’s Day Tour
Friday, February 14
This Valentine’s Day, take a sunset art tour and fall in love with Metro. The free, one night only tour, looks at artworks in the Metro system through the lens of a poet. Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, is a third-generation Los Angeles native who is known for his poetry performances, writings and unique city tours blending poetry and history. Sonksen is the author of I AM ALIVE IN LOS ANGELES! and writes a weekly column for KCET, LA Letters, which celebrates literary Los Angeles. Tour begins at the information booth at the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station. Tour ends at Kings Row Gastropub in Old Pasadena, where tour participants save $5 off of the bill by showing their valid TAP card to the cashier.
Free tours are offered the first Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of every month. No reservations are required!
First Thursday (February 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1)
Focused on three downtown stations, innovative tours led by Metro Art Docents and local artists foster connections between the workplace and downtown arts and social adventures. Tours are designed for those interested in the downtown cultural scene, and focus on navigating the Metro system, introducing riders to Metro's diverse art collection and highlighting downtown destinations served by rail and bus. Spring tours begin at Union Station at the information kiosk, just inside the Alameda Street entrance, and end at 7th Street/Metro Center Station, near several 213 Nightlife destinations. Tour participants save 15% off their bill at Casey’s Irish Pub, Cole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP card to the server when ordering.
Year Round Tours
Docent led tours focus on getting around town using transit, introducing riders to a variety of artworks in Red Line stations, and drawing attention to area destinations served by Metro.
Meet promptly at 10:00am at the street level entrance to the Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail Station on Hollywood Blvd. near the corner with Highland Ave. If driving to Hollywood/Highland station, park at the Visitors' Center at the Hollywood/Highland shopping center complex to obtain partial parking validation. This tour is roundtrip.
Meet promptly at 10:00 am at the information booth inside the entrance to historic Union Station at 900 Alameda St in Downtown Los Angeles. There is pay parking at Union Station, and metered street parking and pay lots in the immediate area. This tour is roundtrip.
Special Request Tours
Free art tours for groups of 15 or more are available by special arrangement. School tours are available for students in the 5th grade and above.
More information is available by calling 213.922.2738 or by clicking Art Tours.
The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all the stations.
Docents carry voice amplifiers and wear bright yellow safety vests for easy identification. Docents will provide tour attendees with free TAP cards that are pre-loaded with day passes.
There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex.
Go Metro and save at various places near the tours. For more details, click here. Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to Downtown Los Angeles till 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro's Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).
The Art Guide was updated in July 2011 and includes images of all of the artworks in the Metro transit system. It is a perfect complement for self-guided tours and features a system map, artist information and brief descriptions of the artworks.
Download the Art Guide here.
A hard copy of the pocket-sized brochure is available by request. Please call 213.922.4ART or email us, and include your name and mailing address in your message.
"Through the Eyes of Artists" Poster Series As of November 2013
Download the Poster Series Summary.
Request for Qualifications for Prequalified Artist Pool (2014)
Metro invites visual artists residing in the United States to submit qualifications for possible inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool (Pool). The Pool will be used to select artists for a range of upcoming opportunities throughout the expanding Los Angeles Metro system, including 14 new Metro Rail stations and a variety of transit enhancement projects. Project budgets are anticipated to range from $50,000 to $1,000,000 depending on the artwork opportunity. Prior public art experience is not a requirement. The Pool will be active for a three year period. Download the Call to Artists. Download Questions and Answers regarding the Call.
Metro’s award winning public art program, Metro Art will be 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 click on the links below to reserve your seat. Download the workshop presentation.
Monday, February 10, 2014 (6:00 – 7:30pm)
1019 West Art Studios
1019 West Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301
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
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
METRO GOLD LINE: exit Little Tokyo Station
RSVP for the Downtown workshop
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
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
BUS LINE: Metro 704 and Santa Monica R10
RSVP for the Westside workshop
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
BUS LINE: Metro 40
RSVP for the South LA workshop
Monday March 24, 2014 (6:00 – 7:30pm)
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
BUS LINE: Metro 20 & 720 on Wilshire and 217, 218 and 780 on Fairfax.
RSVP for the Miracle Mile workshop
For more transit information to access these venues please visit the Trip Planner at metro.net.
Please note that Metro will not be able to validate parking for any of these events.
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.
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