Miracle Mile Art Walk Studio & Gallery Tour
Miracle Mile Art Walk Studio & Gallery Tour
This FREE, self-guided tour features more than 50 galleries, studios, museums and public art installations located in Mid City L.A.
This FREE, self-guided tour features more than 50 galleries, studios, museums and public art installations located in Mid City L.A. Read more
About this project
Image of The Berlin Wall Monument located at 5900 Wilshire. Master-muralist Kent Twitchell adding to his portrait of President's John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan during the March 2012 Miracle Mile Art Walk (Image by Sheryl Turner.) New news!! Confirmed as of late Thursday, September 20th - Master Muralist and Grand Scale Painter, Kent Twitchell will be joining us once again, and painting detail on his portrait of President John F. Kennedy, and President Ronald Reagan. (Apologies for not having a video, we will soon!!)
The NEW Miracle Mile Art Walk Map + Legend - designed by Daniel Leeb of Leveled Magazine, and Neight Adamson of Find Art Magazine.Click the map to be redirected to the on-line issue of our NEW Miracle Mile Art Walk Guide, also designed by Neight Adamson! To receive a pdf of this map, please e-mail: MMAWMidCityLA@gmail.com.
THE MIRACLE MILE ART WALK IS SPONSORED IN PART BY THE OFFICE OF LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCILMEMBER, TOM LABONGE, AND COUNCIL DISTRICT 5.
The MMAW is a FREE self-guided art tour taking place
within the culturally diverse gallery districts and neighborhoods of Miracle
Mile/Mid City L.A. This “art walk” spans
approximately 10 square miles and is home to significant galleries; blue chip
to low-brow; artist, print and photography studios. Most of these galleries are
independently owned and operated and represent and exhibit world renowned
artists, with works that attract collectors from all over the globe.
The area also is home to world-class museums such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Craft And Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), A+D Museum, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, among others in addition to many public art installations, including the Berlin Wall Monument, located at 5900 Wilshire. Bright red banners are displayed on the sidewalks indicating galleries hosting special exhibitions and interactive programs, such as gallery tours, artist talks, and book signings; planned exclusively and in conjunction with the art walk, wrapping up with an after party hosted in part by one of the area galleries.
Afternoon into evening will also be the “Public Art Green Zone” curated by CANLOVE, a Venice based arts organization, dedicated to collecting discarded spray paint cans and turning them into works of art. This Green Zone is located at 5900 Wilshire, where the expanse of lawn, permanently exhibiting the ‘Berlin Wall Monument’ will be transformed by various workshops lead by those working for environmentally friendly and public art related non-profit organizations, in addition to the Jarritos Soda Street Team and DJ, artists painting live, and more!
Canlove Flowers made from recycled spray cans!
After many of the galleries close for the day at 8:00pm, the Art Walk will be followed by the after party, held at 5900 Wilshire, and is also the closing reception for Tarfest, a 2 week-long celebration of Art and Music in Los Angeles. The Miracle Mile and Mid City L.A. area is also home to The Grove at the Farmers Market, The Beverly Center, CBS, Pan Pacific Park, The George C. Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits, Madison Marquette’s newest project, LA BREA as well as the famous corner of Melrose and Fairfax.
WE ARE SO PROUD TO PARTNER WITH NEIGHT ADAMSON OF
FIND ART MAGAZINE ON OUR INAUGURAL MIRACLE MILE ART WALK GUIDE! SPEC SHEET FOR THE INAUGURAL MIRACLE MILE ART WALK GUIDE - TO RECEIVE A PDF, PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL TO: MMAWMIDCITYLA@GMAIL.COM
To learn more about the Director, Shawni D. - please visit: http://urbanheartpr.blogspot.com/
Risks and challenges
Formerly a project of the Mid City West Community Council, and under the MCWCC bylaws, up until January of 2012, we were not allowed to raise funds; as of Sept. 2011, no in-kind donations were able to be accepted. (This art walk was a project of a local Community Council (CC) in Los Angeles, and all CC's have to follow the Brown Act and Robert's Rules, the same as City Council, and the Mayor's office.)
Since it is now an independent project, which you will read about below, and before going any further, I am proud to share that our first sponsor is the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember, Tom LaBonge. For decades, he has been a true advocate and supporter of the arts in Los Angeles. This is the first time his office has been able to support this Art Walk. We, are very grateful for his support, along with the support given by Council District 5, our galleries, and the rest of our sponsors and community supporters.
We, in the City of Angels (Los Angeles), are lucky to have many Art Angels!!
Now, the risk has been taken; the challenge is figuring out how to raise money for the first time for an event that has been produced by volunteers and sustained by a very minimal budget.
The Miracle Mile Art Walk (MMAW) is now officially a program of the Piercy Charitable Foundation (PCF); a Los Angeles based tax-exempt non-profit organization, focused on education, literacy and the arts. Since it is now an independent project, the Director is responsible for raising much needed funding allowing it to blossom and expand! We are now allowed to offer sponsorships, in addition to once again receiving in-kind donations.
A bit of background - I am Shawni D., the Director of the MMAW and the former elected (volunteer chair) Arts Chair of Mid-City West Community Council; I served June 2010 thru June 2012. Prior to this (2009-2010) I volunteered as coordinator and then Interim Director, 3 years total. In June of 2012, after serving my two-year commitment, I made a decision to focus on my professional commitments, the Miracle Mile Art Walk being one and resigned as Chair, and from the board.
Because of the importance of this art walk to the community at large, I felt it necessary to take it independently. We in this community and elsewhere, I am sure, are all very grateful for those who started this art walk...the Gallery owners.
Personally, I am humbled and extremely inspired to be able to work with them on this art walk, as many of their galleries are considered serious landmarks in the art world; keeping in mind, all are independent business owners who have made a tremendous impact in Los Angeles and countless lives via the artists or photographers they represent.
In the early days, a few would get together and schedule an informal monthly "Gallery Night Out", then for a while, the art walk stopped. Going forward, the Mid City West Community Council (MCWCC) started the art walk again, and with a very small budget part was spent on funding the art walk, and the rest was spent on funding requests for support of the arts. This is the largest neighborhood Council in L.A., and as of 2011-2012, the annual budget for the Arts Committee was $3,300.00 total.
In total, this art walk has been in existence for approximately 10 years, with each person doing what they are able to do at that time. Today, we celebrate the day of the MMAW as a destination for art lovers, covering approximately 10 square miles, bringing opportunity for all 50+ galleries to participate if they choose, in addition to offering special programming and interactive workshops for the public.
On average there are 25 participating galleries each art walk, including LACMA and CAFAM; and we are thrilled to now be able to actively accept donations, and build a strong sponsorship coalition between the galleries, businesses, public and artists. Together, we are truly building an Art Community in Mid City Los Angeles, for the first time ever.
A new and exciting challenge is, we have ditched our flyer and are publishing an art walk "guide", available the day of the art walk at all 26 participating galleries, area businesses and at the Berlin Wall Monument! (Spec sheet and link located above - the firm deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 26th.)
This “Official" Miracle Mile Art Walk Gallery & Studio Tour Guide & fold-out map, will be a full color 8.5x11 magazine style guide that includes a complete listing of all area galleries and museums, in addition to featuring highlighted content of galleries hosting special exhibitions and interactive programs planned exclusively and in conjunction with the art walk. Also included will be featured sponsor ads, area parking locations, community partners, in addition to more.
This is a great profit center as we are selling ad space to local businesses and galleries (all participating galleries receive at no cost to them a 1/4 page space inclusive of all exhibition details, and website, reception times etc.) They also have an option to purchase ad space above and beyond to promote upcoming exhibitions, etc. This magazine will be available the day of at all participating galleries, and businesses, in addition to the Public Art Green Zone.
The prices are very reasonable, and from funds raised, we are able to hire and pay freelance artists to design, edit and publish this inaugural magazine guide. For the last several years, the main promotional piece has been a 2-sided flyer. This was hard to read due to the enormous amount of content (50 galleries, plus public art installation programming, sponsor mention, and a map + legend!)
We are also offering different levels of sponsorship, as noted to your right ->
For those who do place an ad, or become a sponsor, you will be joining The Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Council District 5, Farmers Market Self Storage (at The Grove), The Ratkovich Company, 5900 Wilshire, 3Twenty Wine Lounge, CANLOVE, Jarritos Soda, all participating galleries, studios and museums and others; in addition to receiving publicity in a wide variety of locations and more.
This has not been an easy road. Many sacrifices have been made in order to take a chance such as this, and each one has been worth it. I hope we can count on you, and humbly thank you for supporting art in Los Angeles via the Miracle Mile Art Walk!
Director, Miracle Mile Art Walk
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