The Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition staged a protest this morning over the reduction in public access to the Mount Washington compound and the closure of its gift shop at the end of last year. About 40 protesters gathered at Marmion Way and Museum Drive this morning, said Nicole Possert with the coalition. Officials with the Autry Center, which operates the Southwest Museum, said the closures are related to ongoing conservation and cataloging of the museum artifacts. But coalition members say it’s the most recent example of the lack of interest in reopening the Southwest as a full-fledged museum. An LAPD squad car showed up during part of the protest but apparently left as the demonstrators remained on the sidewalk, Possert said.
Franklin High School’s Arroyo Seco Academy, students currently enrolled at Arroyo Seco Museum Science magnet, community members from Mt Wash, HLP, Montecito Heights, and a variety of dogs. Retirees, professionals on their way to work and a very interesting mix of Southwest Museum supporters. We had wonderful reactions with a lot of people honking from cars, thumbs us from the buses and Gold Line riders.”
Photo by Martha Benedict