Now celebrating its 12th anniversary season, the Lummis Day program has become a signature cultural entity in Northeast Los Angeles, bringing people with diverse cultural and social identities together to celebrate mutual history, share their arts and foster a sense of community and place.
The family-oriented festival and the many other events that are included in the Lummis Day program enjoy popularity and prestige within a broad segment of the community. They offer sponsors an opportunity to build exposure and good will within a proven and highly positive environment.
With early support from community groups, the Lummis Day program was initiated a decade ago as a free multi-cultural festival that included music, dance, poetry, art and history. The Lummis Day program—no longer a single “Day”-- has grown to include seminars for LAUSD teachers, free poetry readings, free writing workshops in local libraries and art exhibitions, as well as the annual festival on the first Sunday in June. The Lummis Day program is presented by the non-profit (501©3) Lummis Day Community Foundation.
Last year, Lummis Day Festival attendance strained the capacity of the principal festival sites at Lummis Home and Heritage Square Museum. To reach a wider audience, the program’s organizers—community activists, artists, writers and history buffs—have resolved to expand the program’s footprint to include other Northeast L.A. locations and to further our outreach to our schools and libraries. Sponsorship funds are being sought to help achieve these goals.
Supporters have included the neighborhood councils of Northeast Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, the Arroyo Arts Collective, Poets & Writers, Inc., PEN Center U.S.A., the Mayor’s Office, City Council Districts 1 and 14 and public radio station KPFK.
Specifically, sponsorship funds will enable the organizers to expand their events to a site with improved accessibility and greater capacity. The group’s plans to expand the program’s reach and capacity require improved transportation among venues, payment of additional site fees and the rental of additional equipment.
The Lummis Day Festival has grown from year to year. The 9th Annual Lummis Day Festival was notable for increased community involvement, outreach, educational value and solid attendance at its several events. Over 150 artists participated and over 250 volunteers took part. Media coverage helped boost awareness and attendance. Approximately 5,000 visitors arrived on Sunday, June 1 to locations at Lummis Home and Heritage Square Museum for events that included a poetry reading by prominent authors, an art exhibition and music and dance performances representing Northeast L.A.’s rainbow of cultures.