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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.

To join our mailing list, click on the Artist Opportunities tab above.

Check us out on our Facebook page at Metro Art Los Angeles.

Metro offers free, 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.

See the art tours in action!

In this short video, docents and artists lead adventurous tour-goers through the Metro Rail system—some taking transit for the first time—visiting artworks at different stations and learning how to use TAP cards along the way.

Fall Tours

Day of the Dead Art Tour
Sunday, November 2, 2014
4:30 – 6:00 pm

Art tour is limited to the first 100 attendees. First-come first-served.

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a special themed art tour. Originating in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated in countries throughout the world and honors the lives of those who have passed while recognizing death as part of the life cycle. The free, one night only tour explores artworks in the Metro system through the lens of the artist Consuelo Flores, an established poet, writer, mixed media, installation and performance artist who is respected for her understanding and promotion of the true celebration of the Day of the Dead. The tour begins at the East LA Civic Center Station and ends at Self Help Graphics’ 41st Annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration.

TAP card holders save 10% on artwork at the Self Help Graphics Dia de Los Muertos Celebration.
Visit metro.net/discounts for details about this and other special discounts for Metro riders.

First Thursday (September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4)
5:30pm-7:00pm

Focused on three downtown stations, innovative tours led by 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. Fall 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.

Union Station Tours

Second Sunday (July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14)
10:30am-12:30pm 

Special tours are offered on the occasion of Union Station's 75th anniversary. Led by trained Metro Art Docents, the tours will cover historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the old ticket concourse and former Fred Harvey restaurant. Additionally, the tours will explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, East Portal and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building. Tours are free. Reservations are not required. Meet at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station.

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.

First Saturday

10:00am-12:00pm

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.

First Sunday

10:00am-12:00pm

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.

General Information

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).

Art Guide

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.

Poster Series

Poster Series

"Through the Eyes of Artists" Poster Series As of November 2013

Download the Poster Series Summary.

Subscribe

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates and information about events, public art opportunities and workshops for artists.

Metro Art shares its mailing list, on a carefully selected basis, with other programs seeking to inform artists of public art opportunities.

Metro Presents

Organized by Metro Art, Metro Presents is the agency’s series of free arts and cultural programs at Union Station. From music and dance to film screenings and beyond, programs are designed to attract new riders and creatively activate the station.

To receive updates and information about events, subscribe to our email list by clicking on the “Artist Opportunities” tab.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Bicycle parking is also available on site.

 


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Posted by Anna Chen on October 13, 2014 3:04 pm
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