Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and an annual festival that draws the community together for a shared experience while providing a platform for cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Lummis Day Community Foundation and the Lummis Day Organizing Committee are comprised of community activists representing the diverse neighborhoods and patchwork of cultures that comprise Northeast Los Angeles, one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic communities.
Charles Fletcher Lummis, 1859-1928
Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles, takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who walked 3,500 miles from Ohio to Los Angeles as a newspaper stunt in 1885. He was the first City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, founded the Southwest Museum – the first museum in Los Angeles – preserved the Old Spanish Missions of Southern California, published a literary magazine, Land Of Sunshine/Out West, and was an advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt. He hand built El Alisal, aka Lummis Home, one of Northeast L.A.’s most cherished cultural monuments, where he hosted a seminal art salon. Lummis was an early proponent of multi-culturalism, an ardent advocate for the rights of Native Americans, and was knighted by the King of Spain for his efforts to promote Spanish speaking peoples and cultures. It is the multi-cultural and artistic sensibilities of Charles Fletcher Lummis that Lummis Day seeks to honor and advance.
What We Do:
Since 2006, Lummis Day has sponsored an array of activities including film and poetry events, educational programs and, most prominently, the annual Lummis Day: the Festival of Northeast Los Angeles, which draws thousands from all over Los Angeles to festival sites in Northeast Los Angeles for a free full day of music, dance, poetry, art and community activities.