The Elysian Valley Arts Collective is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation that operates in the Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown) neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The EVAC was created to cultivate a sense of place and support a local, creative community along the rapidly, revitalizing Los Angeles River.
"Your years of service towards creating a sense of community and place along the Los Angeles River will have a positive impact for the generations to come."
Assembly member, Jimmy Gomez in 2016
We are dedicated to preserving and promoting an inclusive community along the Los Angeles River consisting of artisans, businesses, community organizations and local residents, in order to cultivate a sense of place, a vibrant local economy and arts education for youth.
The EVAC was formed in 2008 to manage the Frogtown Artwalk, but quickly expanded it's mission to provide a variety of programming to the youth and neighbors of Elysian Valley.
The artwalk is our signature event since 2006. The 12 year old event was created to birdge the divide between artists and residents in the mixed use neighborhood of Elysian Valley, affectionately known as "Frogtown," and to provide support for the group of artists occupying the former manufacturer buildings along the Los Angeles River.
Since 2009, the EVAC has offered free or low-cost art classes to the youth of the area. Class offerings have included drawings, ceramics, photography, woodworking, and video film-making. Since COVID, the EVAC has been offering a variety of free online workshops.
From time to time, the EVAC sponsors a juried art show in conjunction with the Frogtown Artwalk. Shows are typically open to youth from ages 5-18, and is juried by working artists in the Frogtown neighborhood. Click here to learn about past juried art shows.
As part of its mission, the EVAC is interested in supporting young filmmakers by sponsoring documentary film projects that use oral history techniques and family photos to capture stories of the history of Frogtown. Some films include Our River (2016) and Mapping Frogtown Stories (2011).
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The area was traditionally a working class neighborhood of small bungalows on very small lots. When the 5 Freeway was built, the city re-zoned the residential properties bordering the river to create a new industrial area. The freeway construction demolished the commercial center of the community and effectively cut it off from the neighboring districts, leaving limited points of access into the neighborhood. The new industries provided jobs for local residents.
As heavy industry started to leave LA, the small-scale warehouses and factories left behind in Elysian Valley attracted artists and crafts people to the area.