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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 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.
The Course of True Love Valentine’s Tour
Saturday, February 14
Celebrate (or bemoan) Valentine’s Day with an exploration of contemporary art in the Metro system and the timeless poetry of Shakespeare. The Independent Shakespeare Company will be along for the ride and regale tour-goers with scenes involving the lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Each scene will follow a discussion of select Metro station artwork, linking the artwork’s central message or architecture to the performance. The free, one afternoon only tour travels from Union Station to South Pasadena viewing works of art representing travel, change, and dreams, and witnessing the journey of love between four characters. Meet at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station.
Tour is limited to the first 50 attendees. First-come first-served.
Union Station Tours
Second Sunday (January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14)
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.
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.
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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.
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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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