After moving to Echo Park from Hollywood, artist Heather Mendoza was a bit apprehensive about finding herself in a new neighborhood that she knew little about. So, she began to explore the shops and cafes, discovering a vibrant arts scene and some hard-working entrepreneurs. Still, the 27-year-old Ohio native is surprised as to how many people – in and out of the neighborhood – remain unfamiliar with Echo Park’s charms and rich culture. So, on her own and with no budget, Mendoza has organized the first ever Echo Park Art Walk, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday. It look like it’s going to rain but Mendoza remains optimistic there will still be plenty of people interested to stroll up and down Echo Park Avenue to view the work of more than 20 artists and neighborhood kids, enjoy live music and dance and discover some of the old and new stores on the avenue.
“It’s become a mission of mine through the arts to not only inspire people to step out of their comfort zone, but to bring communities together to connect, celebrate, and share space,” said Mendoza, who moved to Echo Park about 18 months ago. “Seeing the community together … is enough reward for me.”
Photo and illustration from ArtNeedsFreedom.com