Gallery Row Unveiling Ceremony

GALLERY ROW UNVEILING CEREMONY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ON MAY 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Gallery Row Organization (G.R.O.) invites the public to attend the official Unveiling Ceremony of “Gallery Row” to be held at 1:00 PM on May 15, 2004 at Biddy Mason Park inside the Broadway Spring Center Courtyard (333 S. Spring Street, LA, CA  90013) in Downtown Los Angeles.

On July 29, 2003, the Los Angeles City Council designated the area along Main and Spring Streets between 2nd and 9th Streets in Downtown Los Angeles as “Gallery Row.”  Street signs have been installed along the perimeter of the designated area to identify Los Angeles’s latest creative district.  As another step forward towards the revitalization of this historic and underused area, the formation of “Gallery Row” is a victory for the community and creative professionals everywhere.

“Downtown Los Angeles has many well-defined areas, which reflect the diverse nature of Southern California. The area along Main and Spring Streets is one such area that reflects a distinct art scene.” – Los Angeles City Council Member Jan Perry

Downtown is beginning to see the makings of a vibrant neighborhood.  Street-life, community-activism, and a sense of pride have all risen and altered the discourse about what it means to live and work in Downtown LA.

In addition to the Unveiling Ceremony, the Gallery Row Windows Display Project in association with the AAC and Phantom Galleries will also be unveiled and every gallery within Gallery Row will be open to the public.  Participating Galleries and Organizations include Inshallah Gallery, Groop, Bank Art, Modern Art Downtown, Gallery 727, Homegirl Gallery, and Reaching to Embrace the Arts.  Strange Company will also present a free day of play readings by Story is the Thing Productions and Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in the Los Angeles Theatre Center from 3:00-9:30 PM.

The Gallery Row Organization originated as an Ad Hoc Committee in the Arts, Aesthetics, and Culture (AAC) Committee under the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC).  The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council is an official body certified by the City of Los Angeles to advise the city on issues affecting the residents, workers, and all other stakeholders of the city.