Walking Tours, Murals-in-the-Making, Music, Neighborhood Stories & A Pop-Up Filipino Ice Cream Jeepney

Presented by: de LaB, Gabba Gallery, Hidden Hi Fi (a project of Pilipino Workers Center + Public Matters)

Since 2015, more than 80 artists from all over the world have come to LA’s Historic Filipinotown to transform the neighborhood’s alleys, buildings, and parking lots into the city’s most comprehensive outdoor art gallery. The concentration of murals—over 100 and counting—has turned the area into an international street art destination, with new visitors walking the sidewalks every weekend.

On Saturday, August 27, de LaB, Gabba Gallery, and Hidden Hi Fi hosted a walking tour of the alleys, revealing how these murals came to be and how they fit in to Hi Fi’s vibrant cultural legacy. In addition to the tour of the murals by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles—including one mural-in-progress! (see below)—the Gabba Gallery was open for viewings of its new show “Crate Digger: The Lost Art of Album Cover Art,” and the Pilipino Workers Center and Public Matters was on-site with a blinged-out Jeepney to share more about Hi Fi’s history while serving up delicious Filipino ice cream from our friends at Coolhaus. Gingee, the DJ/producer/vocalist profiled earlier this year in LA Weekly, scored the afternoon.

Gabba Gallery hosted a live mural demonstration with Dytch66 during our art alley tour:

Hidden Hi Fi is supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles, and Center for Cultural Innovation’s 2016 Creative Economic Development Fund grant. Public Matters is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

Thanks to Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Council District 13 for their support!

Check out posts from the event, under the tag #HiFiArtAlleys.

Some of my favorites from earlier today. #hifiartalleys #delab #filipinotown

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Our Tour with @themcla thru Hidden Hi Fi Art Alley ways is in full swing! Come on out from 12pm-3pm!! #hifiartalleys

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#jeepney #hiddenhifi #hifiartalleys #mynewhood

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In addition to Coolhaus ice cream served out of the Hidden Hi Fi jeepney, thank you to Vchos and Cali Fresh food trucks for being part of the day, and The Park’s Finest BBQ for grilling on-site.

Here’s a link to the Google Map of the murals with the route of the self-guided tour. Read more about the alley project here. You can easily save this image to your phone, load the map in Google Maps, or print it out.

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This is the sixth event in our series Making LA: Connect, Flourish, Thrive, Prosper. Following up on our 2014 Making LA conference, these events will look at issues in the areas of TransportationWaterDensity and Community with the goal of bringing designer- and artist-driven solutions to those issues to life. In this way, we hope to turn the original Making LA conference into a long-term call-to-action and turn in-person inspiration into four real-world solutions for the city. Making LA is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Want to sponsor an upcoming event? Learn more.