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Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the visual quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles.

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Explore Metro Art, explore Los Angeles!

Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system.  Tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes.  Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts. 

Attend a free art tour

PUBLIC TOURSDATE/TIMEMEETING SPOT
1. Hollywood/North Hollywood

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1st Saturday, 10am-noon

Meet at North Hollywood Station at street level entrance

2. Downtown

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1st Sunday, 10am-noon

Meet at Information Booth at Union Station entrance

3. Downtown
(¡en español!)

JOIN

Segundo sábado, 10:30am-12:30pm

Los tours se reúnen en la caseta de información dentro de la entrada de la calle Alameda del histórico Union Station.

4. Union Station
Art + Architecture


JOIN

2nd Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm

Meet at Information Booth at Union Station entrance

5. Gold Line
(betw Union Station + Azusa)

JOIN

10:30am-12:30pm
This new tour will be offered: 1/26, 3/23, 4/27

Meet at Del Mar Station

* Reservations are not required but appreciated as it will help the Docents know what numbers to anticipate.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Metro Art tours take about 2 hours and are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations. 
  • The Docents distribute TAP cards that are pre-loaded with an all-day pass allowing tour participants to ride the Metro Rail & Bus system for free (except for the Union Station Art + Architecture tours). Attendees may keep the TAP cards and reload them for future use. 
  • Docents use voice amplifiers and wear bright orange safety vests for easy identification.
  • There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex as well as various businesses along the routes.
  • Groups of 10+ people can make special reservations with a minimum of three weeks advance notice.  Make a group reservation online here

"I went on a tour of Union Station during the 75th Anniversary celebration and immediately asked how I could do this!  I had a great tour guide, and the tour felt like a mix of a bunch of things I loved - public transit, art, LA history.  It's really helped me to learn more about those subjects over time and I have a new appreciation for public art in particular." -- Metro Art Docent

Become a Docent at Metro Art

The Metro Art Docent Council is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to increasing awareness of the broad range of public art in the Metro Rail system through tours that provide insights into the communities they enhance, the art, the artists and their processes. 

"I chose to be a docent because I love art and I love subways.  I think what I love most about it is the chance to explore the city via the trains.  As a docent, I've explored so many parts of the city that I would have never seen if I had not been one." -- Metro Art Docent

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Metro Art Docent, we invite you to review the following information:

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Barbara Lashenick
Senior Community Relations Officer
Founder Metro Art Docent Council
213.922.2738
LashenickB@metro.net

Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative arts and cultural programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Music, dance, poetry readings, film screenings and meet-the-artist events at historic Union Station raise its profile as a cultural destination and create incentives to “Go Metro”.


Metro Art Presents

Bloco Obini

Friday, March 1
4-6 pm
Union Station - multiple locations beginning in the East Portal at 4 pm

Join us as we welcome Bloco Obini for a special, musical procession throughout Union Station in honor of Brazilian Carnaval. 

Bloco Obini is an all Queens drum ensemble founded by percussionist virtuoso Kahlil Cummings. Using art to speak to the times, Bloco Obini performs Afro Brazilian bloco drumming, with uplifting songs affirming that we are all royalty, and come from Kings and Queens. Bloco Obini represents the empowerment of not only women, but an entire generation, using the drum as a spiritual weapon to heal and educate, serving communities locally and abroad.   Facebook event page


10 hr Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A.

Saturday, March 16
9 am - 7 pm
Union Station - multiple locations

Metro Art and See/Hear L.A. welcome an array of diverse musicians for a jam-packed day of music in honor of Johann Sebastian Bach's 334th birthday during the 10 Hour Bach Marathon at Union Station.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Join us for our annual NOONTIME ORGAN CONCERT in the historic Ticket Hall featuring organ virtuoso CHRISTOPH BULL and CHURCH KEYBOARD CENTER. 

Visit www.seehearla.org for the Full 10 Hour Schedule.

Facebook Event Page


Metro Art Presents showcases an exciting array of arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. All events are free and open to the public. More information: unionstationla.com

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Art Guides

The Art Guide was updated in July 2011 and includes images of all of the artworks in the Metro transit system. It is a perfect complement for self-guided tours and features a system map, artist information and brief descriptions of the artworks.

Download the Art Guides below:

A hard copy of the pocket-sized guides are available by request. Please call 213.922.4ART or us, and include your name and mailing address in your message.

Poster Series

Poster Series

"Through the Eyes of Artists" Poster Series As of October 2017

Download the Poster Series Summary.

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