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Here are the Metro Art events happening in March

From a special musical procession in honor of Brazilian Carnival to a 10-hour marathon concert celebrating the works of Bach; here’s your guide to all the Metro Art events happening in March.

Click here for more information about Metro’s art program, including our popular docent-led art tours and cultural programming. Follow Metro Art on Facebook and Instagram.

Photographic portraits featuring women of Metro by artist Michele Asselin now on view at Union Station

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A new photo exhibit called Forward Motion is on display at Union Station featuring the powerful and imaginative work of artist Michele Asselin. The artwork will be on display for Womens’ History Month and through Fall 2019. It celebrates women working in a range of professions at Metro.

Asselin has created luminous portraits of an urban planner, mechanic, bus operator, rail security officer and other professions. The artist found inspiration in the personal and professional stories that drew her subjects at Metro.

“With Forward Motion, I want to highlight the women of Metro as well as the environments in which they work,” Asselin said.  “My hope is that the Metro patrons who experience these artworks will understand these women to be guides, guardians and builders of Los Angeles.”

Michele Asselin is best known for her photographic portraiture focusing on individual identities within larger social constructs. Her past work includes a series of portraits of domestic workers and a series of photographs about the loss of Hollywood Park Race Track.

Commissioned by Metro Art, Forward Motion also features members of the inaugural Women and Girls Governing Council created by Metro CEO Phil Washington. The Council is tasked with exploring ways Metro can achieve a more gender-balanced workforce, accelerate career advancement for women and improve mobility for female ridership.

“More and more women are being introduced to a world they may not have seen as a real possibility,” said Washington. “We’re providing women with training and support that move beyond traditional careers.”

Forward Motion-related programming will take place through Fall 2019, including a panel discussion with Asselin and a series of exhibition tours. For more details as they are announced, as well as other Metro Art activities and events, please subscribe to our mailing list by visiting metro.net/art/events.

If you are interested in being one of the women who move L.A., check out Metro’s current employment opportunities here.

Participate in an interactive workshop with artists Clare Rojas and Ramekon O’Arwisters this Saturday

Join Metro-commissioned artist Clare Rojas and artist Ramekon O’Arwisters for a Crochet Jam on Feb. 23! The Jam, produced by O’Arwisters, positions participatory art-making as a platform for story exchange and building collective meaning. You can also learn about the inspiration of Rojas’ future artwork for the Metro Regional Connector Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, which is currently under construction.

Bring pieces of meaningful cloth and fiber material that you are willing to contribute and crochet with us! The workshop will take place at the Japanese American Community & Cultural Center (JACCC). The workshop, held in collaboration with Sustainable Little Tokyo, is free and open to all ages. No crochet experience required.

Event Details:
Saturday, Feb. 23
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
JACCC Toshizo Watanabe Exhibition Center
244 S. San Pedro St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Go Metro by taking the Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. From there, it’s just a short walk to the festivities. Parking information can be found at http://www.golittletokyo.com/map/ (parking rates subject to change).

Rojas’ artwork for the future station layers colorful abstract images of our natural and urban landscapes. It highlights the shared rhythms of land, water, sky and human as well as the layers of community and culture in the Little Tokyo/Arts District and surrounding neighborhoods.

Click here to read the announcement about all seven artists selected to create artwork for the Regional Connector Transit Project. Stay tuned for future Meet the Artist events!

Here are the Metro Art events happening in February

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It’s a new year and we’re bringing you a new line-up of FREE arts and cultural events. Here’s your guide to all the Metro Art events happening in February.

Click here for more information about Metro’s art program, including our popular docent-led art tours and cultural programming. Follow Metro Art on Facebook and Instagram.

Future artworks to animate Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station

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Artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre and George Evans have been hard at work developing designs for future artworks at Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station since their selection by a community-based art advisory group and pop-up events with riders and community members. The artworks are part of a range of improvements currently underway at the station.

Jamex and Einar de la Torre have conceived a grouping of sculptural artworks that explore the legacy of Rosa Parks. In addition to paying homage to the significance of her actions and their resonance, the artists also reference the warmth of home and strength of communal gathering. The artworks will offer shade and a unifying element to the station’s community plaza for neighbors to activate through future events. The de la Torre brothers will host community engagement activities in the coming months.

Artist George Evans continues to refine the artwork concept planned for the interior of the new Customer Service Center at the station. Evans has developed layered photo compositions that celebrate South Los Angeles’ distinct neighborhoods, personalities, landscapes, families, music and oral story-telling traditions. In keeping with his 30+ years of cultivating the next generation of young artists, and teaching students the skills needed to work in creative fields, Evans has planned arts and community programming that engages youth from the surrounding schools and organizations.

Stay tuned for more details regarding future engagement events with Jamex and Einar de la Torre and George Evans in 2019.