Metro Art Presents (MAP) showcases an exciting year-round array of arts and cultural events at historic Union Station—and beyond. From music and dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings to experimental and mixed-media presentations, the programs creatively activate downtown’s primary transportation hub for all ages.
Next stop: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station community celebration!
Metro Art invites you to explore these downtown Los Angeles communities that are now easily accessible via rail. This free event, Celebrating Connections, includes food, interactive workshops, tours highlighting neighborhood cultural organizations and businesses and a Metro Art Presents music festival on Saturday, September 9, 2023 between 12:30-4:30pm.
Go Metro and take the A or E Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.
Hosted at Los Angeles Union Station (800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012), MAPPING Performance: 10 Years of Metro Art Presents celebrates with percussion-driven music and dance drawing from Southeast Asian and Afro-Brazilian traditions, bringing the community together in the heart of Los Angeles at the heart of the LA Metro transit system. Saturday, June 24, 2023 – Sunday, June 25, 2023.
Join Los Angeles trio, Tres Souls, at Union Station on Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 2pm – 4pm for an afternoon of boleros reminiscent of the Golden Era of Mexican Cinema of the 1940s – 1960s.
About the Event Enjoy live music from Grupo Bella and Kingston Ska Collective featuring members of Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra and vocalist Jesse Wagner, programmed by Metro Art Presents for the Union Station Goliday Tree Lighting on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Iconic Union Station will become a hub for the holidays, summoning the sights and sounds of the season with the 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony under the stars in the Station’s South Patio. To kick off the season, the historic Station will illuminate a towering 35-foot tree as guests are immersed in thousands of glistening lights on the South Patio while enjoying a free hot cocoa and holiday cookie bar. The fun, festive, family-friendly celebration will also feature a holiday arts and crafts zone, custom photo ops and Santa selfies, an appearance by VIP guests from the North Pole to vault visitors into the holiday spirit and more. Featured Artists Kingston Ska Collective, featuring members of Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, is best described as Duke Ellington meets Jamaica. The …
Hey LA, you’re invited to celebrate the grand opening of the K Line! Enjoy live performances by local artists, food from some of the best eateries along the K Line, giveaways and more!
Metro Art Presents SUMMERTIME, an uplifting love letter to Los Angeles and all the stories it holds. Join us FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2022 beginning at 6:30pm for a screening, live poetry performance, music by Austin Antoine and more. RSVP is required.
Metro Art Presents a live concert by Los Angeles-based Dorian Wood: XAVELA LUX AETERNA, a chamber orchestra tribute to Chavela Vargas, on FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2022 @ 8PM
Exploring the overlapping and intersecting musical histories embedded in the Los Angeles landscape and its transit topographies. This free live event at Union Station on SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2022 from 4-8 PM is all about the Deep Routes radio series. Featuring Jimetta Rose and The Voices of Creation, Spiñorita, traditional Tongva songs shared by Jessa and Tina Calderon, Atomic Nancy’s Jukebox and more sounds that span Los Angeles County.
The second installment of Metro Art Presents x KJAZZ Jazz Tracks at Union Station featured De Leon Division, Sam Gendel / Blake Mills / Benny Bock and Bobby Bradford and Friends performing Stealin’ Home – A Jackie Robinson Suite on SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2022 @ 2PM.
On FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2021 at 12pm, On the Move Riders Program and Metro Art Presents are proud to bring you their latest installment of Raised on Records, a holiday edition, as we welcome back an annual tradition through this livestream concert with Deke Dickerson + The Whippersnappers…plus dancers Adolfo & Cat of Time 2 Swing
Metro Art Presents Poetry O’Clock, a poetry exchange pop-up in the historic Union Station Information Booth, on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2021 between 1-7 pm in collaboration with the Poetry Society of America.
To celebrate the summer reopening of the much-loved (and always played) public piano at Union Station in Summer 2021, Metro Art Presents premiered a back-to-back week of pop-up piano performances from JULY 19-23, 2021 highlighting Los Angeles-based musicians Brandon Coleman, Jamael Dean, Inna Faliks, Donia Jarrar, and Jonathan Montes. The videos remain available online.
All-female mariachi ensemble Las Colibrí is the centerpiece of this original Mother’s Day performance of Versos y Besos (verses and kisses), which reimagines living archives and women’s history linking poetry, place and sound.
BAGGAGE is a personal family narrative of migration told in three chapters unpacked through music, dance, and memory inside the landmark historic space that has served as a gateway to the many individual and collective California arrival stories over the past eight decades.
METRO ART PRESENTS Moving Through, a month of dance + movement for times of change, in collaboration with Pieter Performance Space.
Metro Art Presents, in collaboration with LA-based Leaving Records, continues its series of soundscapes for transit riders in 2021.
In celebration of the 7th Annual Bob Baker Day, Metro Art Presents collaborated with the world-renowned Los Angeles puppetry organization, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, on a virtual premiere featuring its beloved puppets performing throughout historic Union Station.
Metro Art Presents Soundtrips is a collection of transit-inspired sounds and stories to amplify your ride. Created in 2020 and 2021, three program series are compiled in an easy to access playlist for Metro riders’ listening pleasure.
On Saturday, October 21, join Metro Art and our Grand Ave neighbors for Grand Ave Arts All Access. L.A.’s home for worldclass arts and culture opens its doors with architecture tours, art exhibitions, musical performances, food, and more!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28, and get ready to embark on a vibrant journey of community and culture! Hop off at the Historic Broadway Station and enjoy live performances from Metro Art Presents, food, workshops, and tours showcasing this historic neighborhood! All activities are FREE and open to all from 11am to 3pm
Metro Art x Silkroad are pleased to present a free event at Los Angeles Union Station on Monday, November 13, 2023 from 6-7:30pm. The evening includes musical performances by Silkroad Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens, Silkroad artists Wu Man and Haruka Fujii, and guest artist Pura Fé, as well as a discussion about the railroad, the communities who built it, and the people who were displaced and most affected by it.
A new season of episodes offer new perspectives shared through oral histories with local artists, business owners and community leaders. Episodes traverse sounds from the LA Filipino/a/x Diaspora to the Cumbia Sonidera scene on Broadway to the rave scene in the San Gabriel Valley, and beyond. 🔊 Listen live every 2nd and 4th Monday at 7pm.