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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Former Lincoln Heights church becomes a sanctuary for the arts

The start of registration for free youth music classes on Saturday will also serve as a grand opening for the Lincoln Heights Junior Arts Center. The arts center occupies about one-third of a former church at Altura Street and Griffin Avenue that has been converted into the city-run Lincoln Heights Youth Complex, which also includes a youth center,  boxing gym and outdoor roller hockey link.  In the first partnership of its kind, the city’s Recreation and Parks department operates the recreational activities at the complex while the Department of Cultural Affairs oversees the arts center. A key feature are free music classes for elementary, middle and high school students under a program called Music L.A. What kind of music? A little bit of everything, according to a Cultural Affairs press release:

Lincoln Heights and surrounding neighborhoods “will benefit greatly from the opening of the new arts center housing a music education program that provides training in musical genres like mariachi, son jarocho, pow wow style drumming, jazz, and traditional Korean music, to name a few.The new center provides an opportunity for the expansion of Music LA classes in the Northeast Los Angeles area.”

The music registration classes and grand opening ceremonies, which include live musical performances, will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for details.

Photo courtesy Department of Cultural Affairs



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