Found LA : Exploring the Promise Zone

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About Found L.A.

Found L.A. is a FREE, citywide event that showcases culturally dynamic neighborhoods through the eyes of residents, public figures, and renowned artist who volunteer to share their unique perspective of the neighborhood. This year, our eighth annual Found L.A. will take place on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday 21st. This year's theme is Exploring the Promise Zone! Through mapping and sharing stories Promise Zone Arts celebrates the diverse art and cultures of Central Los Angeles.

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Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Historic Filipino Town | October 20 | 9:00 - 10:30 am

Meeting Location: Pilipino Workers Center 153 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Filipinos make up the largest group of Asians in Los Angeles. Largely hidden, their community in the promise Zone is centered on and around Beverly Boulevard. Join Aquilina Soriano-Versoza, Executive Director of the Pilipino Workers Center, one of the main proponents for documenting and promoting the heritage of this dynamic community. You won't want to miss a ride in the authentic Jeepney from the Philippines as a fun way to celebrate their unique cultural heritage. In addition to discovering local cultural treasures, learn about the Pilipino Worker Center's work to promote the health welfare and economic success of the area.

Please note: the number of Tour Goers limited to the 8 who can fit in the Jeepney

Oaxacan Community | October 20 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Meeting Location: Marques Music Academy 2833 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90006

Out of the many cultural groups from Mexico who reside in Los Angeles, Oaxacans make up one of the largest and most connected to their traditional. There is music practiced by as many as 50 unique brass bands, heritage dances, and wonderful food - think Mole. Explore this group through a walk around Olympic Boulevard, through experiences and locales generally hidden unless you know what you are looking for.

Koreatown | October 20 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Meeting Location: Doopang Bakery 3030 West Olympic Blvd, LA, CA 90006

Billy Yoon's family goes back many generations in the Korean community of Los Angeles. An artist and teacher, he will take you on a creative exploration of his neighborhood. Walk down the main corridor of Koreatown, Olympic Boulevard, and discover key sites along the spine including the authentic Korean Pavillion and nearby Senior Center. There are sure to be some unique surprises!

Westlake/MacArthur Park | October 20 | 3:00 - 3:30 pm

Meeting Location: Monsignor Oscar Romero Statue in MacArthur Park (near the corner of Alvarado and 7th across the street from the Metro Station Entrance on Alvarado)

Poet Rossana Perez has been active in the Central American Community since arriving here from El Salvador more than 30 years ago. Join her as she peels back the layers of Central American culture present in the Westlake MacArthur Park area. Connect with Hondurans, Nicaraguans, El Salvadorans of course and the complex world of Mayans in Los Angeles.

El Salvador Corridor | October 20 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Meeting Location: Olympic Community Police Station 1130 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Los Angeles is home to the largest population of El Salvadorans outside of El Salvador. Because of this, we have access to their vibrant cultural practices of which food -- think pupusas -- are a highlight. This community has come together to designate a stretch of Vermont Boulevard as a corridor dedicated to their heritage. On any given Saturday, it is a lively place to experience the sights, tastes and smells the El Salvador homeland. Join Oscar Dominguez, head of the El Salvadoran corridor, on a walk through his neighborhood.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hollywood | October 21 | 9:00 - 10:30 am

Meeting Location: The Four Ladies of Hollywood 7097 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Forget everything you know about Hollywood. This place is replete with beautiful and amazing cultural treasures. Join cultural historian Mark Simpson for an exploration of the past, present and maybe even the future of the most well-known destination in the world!

Little Armenia | October 21 | 11:00 - 12:30 pm

Meeting Location: Barnsdall Park Parking Lot at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The historic home of Armenians in Los Angeles and while this cultural group also thrives in parts of the County, most notably Glendale, Little Armenia in East Hollywood is home to many cultural treasures. Discover these hidden gems with Kristine Jegalian, an urban planner who heads up Little Armenia Community Development Center who not only maintains strong with Armenians in LA but also in Armenia

Thai Town | October 21 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Meeting Location: Corner of Western and Hollywood near the Metro Station entrance

Thais are one of the most visible cultural groups in the Promise Zone. Their cultural treasures line Hollywood Boulevard as statues, spiritual sites, buildings, and food outlets! This is due to the work of the Thai Community Development Center led by Chance Martorel who achieved the first designation for a neighborhood in the city. Come to hear the story of this amazing urban planning project and the implications it has for everyone in the neighborhood and sustaining cultural treasures across Los Angeles.

East Hollywood | Oct 21 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Meeting Location: LA City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave.

Elson Trinidad is well-connected throughout the Promise Zone. Born, raised and living in East Hollywood, he is a musician, writer, historian and was the founding president of the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council. He also works as Program Director at Thai Community Development Center and currently serves in his community as president of the nonprofit Friends of Cahuenga Library and as a music program volunteer at the Braille Institute. He will take tour-goers on a walk to explore the unique treasures of his multicultural neighborhood. Expect a taste of the cultures of Central America, the Philippines, Korea, Armenia and beyond, as well as hidden historical gems in the area.

Little Bangladesh | Oct 21 | 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Meeting Location: Deshi Market 3732 West 3rd Street, LA, CA 90020

Who knew there was a thriving Bangladeshi community in Los Angeles? This cultural group is a community within the boundaries of Koreatown that has created its own designated area that speaks not only to their unique heritage but also to their resilience as they have settled in a locale far from their homeland. Experience the unique cultural treasures in this part of LA!

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