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Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.
A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the visual quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles. We present music, dance, poetry readings, and film screenings at historic Union Station, raising its profile as a cultural destination while simultaneously creating incentives to “Go Metro”.
The recipient of numerous awards, Metro Art has been recognized for its varied approaches to integrating the arts into the transit experience, and for engaging artists at all levels of their careers.
To learn more about upcoming opportunities and events, join our mailing list by clicking on the Artist Opportunities tab above.
Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system. Regular tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes. Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts. Tours are free. Reservations are not required.
To find out about upcoming tours and other public programs produced by Metro Art, sign up for our email list by clicking on the Events or Artist Opportunities tabs above.
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.
Union Station Tours
Second Sunday (August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13)
10:30am - 12:30pm
Begins at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station
Special FREE 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.
Year Round Tours
FREE 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.
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.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Meet promptly at 10:00 am at the information booth inside the entrance to historic Union Station at 800 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.
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Metro Art shares its mailing list, on a carefully selected basis, with other programs seeking to inform artists of public art opportunities.
Metro Art Presents
Produced by the agency’s art program, Metro Art Presents showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. The diverse, all ages programming is designed to creatively activate the landmark station, engage the Los Angeles community and attract new riders.
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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