Run by the Elysian Valley Art Collective, the Frogtown Artwalk is a biennial free tour of the studios of the artists and artisans of Elysian Valley (Frogtown).
Every two years, Frogtown welcomes art lovers of all ages to enjoy pop-up galleries, artists' studios, musical performances and art installations along the Los Angeles River.
The Frogtown Artwalk was created in 2006 by a small group of local business owners/artists as a way to introduce neighbors to the local artists and craftspeople operating in their midst, and to introduce the artists to each other. The artwalk organizers reached out to everyone in the area, inviting participation at every level. The first event included 10 venues exhibiting art by 19 artists, and welcomed approximately 300 visitors to the area. Traditional artists opened up their studios, craftsmen gave tours of their work, equipment and processes, and local musicians, dancers, and drummers created impromptu performances.
WHAT WAS THE "ART OF FROGTOWN"?
Fast forward to 2018, the 11th Frogtown Artwalk welcomed over 6000 visitors to the area and featured more than 50 artists, 15 bands, spoken word events, belly dancers and an Aztec dance troupe.
2020 looked different, as the artwalk went virtual, but we were thrilled to welcome over 1,200 people from around the world who joined us for live streams, workshops, and more. The artwalk, celebrating its 13th anniversary in 2022, has always been a very inclusive event – everyone is welcome to join in.
"As a Frogtown native, it's incredibly inspiring to see an event that not only celebrates the arts, but is also geared towards the local community. Faced with the complex nuances of arts as a form of both gentrification and displacement, the work of EVAC is meaningful, thoughtful, and inclusive."
Board Member and Resident, Helen Leung in 2019
Catch a recap of the virtual events here.
In 2022, we returned to an "in-person" event, offering popup art exhibits in over 30 venues, with more than 70 artists plus music and dance. Look for the next Artwalk in fall of 2024
Frogtown Artwalk is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.