For the past 10 years, Lummis Day has celebrated the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles. In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, Lummis Day will expand to new locations and an even more ambitious program of arts and community involvement. Lummis Day is now Lummis Days.
Lummis Days are organized by volunteers and artists representing the rainbow of cultures and diverse traditions of Northeast Los Angeles. The organizers welcome volunteers and the participation of all community members who wish to play a role in guiding the future of one of the community’s signature events.
The program’s mission—to celebrate the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events—has brought together of thousands of neighbors of all ages and backgrounds.Since staging the first Lummis Festival in 2006, the organizers have sought to present the best community-based music, dance, poetry and art in outdoor venues free of charge in an effort to help foster a greater sense of place and unity within the Northeast L.A. neighborhoods.
The Lummis Festival helps unite the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mount Washington and Sycamore Grove.
The Lummis Festival takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the publication’s first editor in 1876. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis founded the Southwest Museum—the first museum in the city of Los Angeles. He was among the city’s first librarians, helped preserve the California missions and helped introduced the concept of a multi-cultural society to Southern California.
Lummis Days are presented by the Lummis Day Community Foundation a non-profit California 501c3 corporation. Sponsors include neighborhood councils, elected officials, companies and community-based organizations.
Hear the extraordinary voices of the Pacific Opera Projects’s repertory company, take part in Lummis Day’s first “Noisemaker” award ceremony, enjoy sumptuous specialties from neighborhood restaurants and sip wine or soft drinks with your neighbors in an historic Highland Park building.
The annual fundraiser for Lummis Day will take place Saturday, May 3, from 6:30-9:30 pm the Highland Park American Legion Hall, 227 North Ave 55. Great food, unique entertainment, soft drinks, wine & beer are all included with admission. Plus, a silent auction offers the chance to win art, books, vintage wines and rare collectibles
Please help us support the Lummis Day community event, the only arts festival that represents all of Northeast L.A.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. You can buy them at Galco's Soda Pop Stop or via Paypal below:
Singers from critically-acclaimed Pacific Opera Project will be performing selected arias at the event. The company, which has staged productions at the Highland Park Ebell Club, is dedicated to presenting energetic, high-quality, and accessible performances of a broad variety of operatic repertoire.
This year’s fundraiser will also include presentation of the new Lummis Day “Noisemaker Award” for community service and commitment to the Lummis Day’s multi-cultural ideals. The recipient of this first award ceremony will be long-time community activist Ann Walnum.
“The River Runs Through It: Charles Lummis and the Culture of the Arroyo Seco” is a professional development workshop for Educators presented by the Lummis Day Community Foundation since 2006. Our workshop has been taken by over 125 teachers and is an educational experience that encourages the use of experiential learning to help foster community through a sense of place.
Photo Credit: Mark Smalarz