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LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 N. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Located near El Pueblo de Los Angeles, where the city was founded back in 1781, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes celebrates the influence of Mexican culture on Los Angeles and beyond with art exhibits, educational programs and a plethora of evolving public events. The project, created by L.A. County and a Smithsonian affiliate, includes the inviting plaza area as well as historical landmarks the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and the 1883 Plaza House, both of which showcase Mexican culture by celebrating the past and cultivating the future. There is nowhere better in Los Angeles to learn and understand the history, traditions and accomplishments of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Latinos in general. Permanent exhibits ("L.A. Starts Here!" and "Calle Principal: Mi Mexico en Los Angeles") provide a personal look at families recruited from New Spain in 1781 to colonize Los Angeles, sharing their immigrant journeys via photos, touchscreens, video and artifacts. Regular bookings complement the exhibits, and recurring events (Pláticas y Pruebas, Molcajete Dominguero, Family Day) incorporate food, shopping and music, so it's informational and fun for all. 501 N. Main St., downtown; (213) 542-6259, lapca.org. —Lina Lecaro

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