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.
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 Guides below:
- Art Guide (as of July 2011)
- Art Guide (Orange Line – North Hollywood to Woodland Hills)
- Art Guide (Orange Line – Woodland Hills to Chatsworth)
- Art Guide (Gold Line – Downtown LA to East LA)
- Art Guide (Gold Line – Arcadia to Azusa)
- Art Guide (Expo Line – Downtown LA to Culver City)
- Art Guide (Expo Line – Culver City to Santa Monica)
A hard copy of the pocket-sized guides are available by request. Please call 213.922.4ART or us, and include your name and mailing address in your message.
"Through the Eyes of Artists" Poster Series As of October 2017
Download the Poster Series Summary .
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 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 Artist Opportunities tab above.
Docents will provide tour attendees with free pre-loaded TAP cards for tours traveling to multiple stations; this includes the First Saturday, First Sunday and Segundo sábado tour.
Interested in becoming a part of the Metro Art Docent Council?
Please contact Barbara Lashenick for an application at 213.922.2738.
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.
En este corto video, guías hispanohablantes guían a los asistentes a través de Union Station, compartiendo sobre las obras de arte y la arquitectura histórica de la estación.
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.
First Saturday (
10:00 am - 12:00pm)
2018: 1/06, 2/03, 3/03, 4/07, 5/05, 6/02, 7/07, 8/04, 9/01, 10/06, 11/03, 12/01
Meet promptly at 10:00 am at the street level entrance to the North Hollywood Metro Rail Station (Red Line) at Lankershim / Chandler.
First Sunday (
10:00am - 12:00pm)
2018: 1/07, 2/04, 3/04, 4/01, 5/06, 6/03, 7/01, 8/05, 9/02, 10/07, 11/04, 12
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.
¡en español! (
10:30am - 12:30pm)
2018: 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, 6/9, 7/14, 8/11, 9/08, 10/13, 11/10, 12/08 -- ¡ en español!
Recorridos gratis dirigidos por guías se enfocan en andar por la ciudad usando transporte público, introduciendo usuarios a una variedad de obras artísticas en las estaciones de Metro Red Line, y llamando la atención a destinaciones atendidas por Metro. Reúnase puntualmente a las 10:30am en frente de la cabina de información dentro del histórico Union Station al 800 Alameda St en el Centro de Los Angeles. Hay estacionamiento de pago en Union Station, estacionamiento en la calle y lotes de pago en el área inmediata.
Union Station Art and Architecture Tour (
10:30am - 12:30pm)
2018: 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/08, 5/13, 6/10, 7/08, 8/12, 9/09, 10/14, 11/11, 12/9
Begins at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station.
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 Historic Ticketing Hall. Additionally, the tours will explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, Union Station East and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building.
Special Request Tours
Free art tours for groups of 10 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.
- The tours are aproximatley 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, visit destination discounts . 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).
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