Eviction Parade

Alyse Emdur
Michael Parker

ALMLA: Artists’ Loft Museum Los Angeles celebrates the history of long-time artist-tenants who have been and are currently being displaced and evicted on the east side of Downtown Los Angeles, in an area now branded by real estate developers as the Arts District. We will celebrate, march, banner, float and parade from the Isamu Noguchi courtyard in Little Tokyo to ALMLA and 800 Traction, two of the earliest permitted Artist-in-Residence sites currently challenging their displacement and eviction from the neighborhood that capitalizes on their name. At 5pm we will depart from the Noguchi courtyard at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, walk down 2nd Street to Alameda Street, and then south to ALMLA at 454 Seaton Street #1. Mounted at ALMLA is a retrospective of work by 40 artists who have lived or worked there over the past 16 years. The museum is still occupied by long-time artist-tenants, and with their five studios still in use during the eviction proceedings... After a brief stop outside of ALMLA, we will parade to The Box gallery located at 805 Traction Ave for a performance by Los Angeles Poverty Department. And then we will head across the street to 800 Traction Ave for the finale, which includes a group show, Art Party #3, of young artists who are working with the senior citizen artist-tenants who are being evicted after 20-34 years of living at 800 Traction. Contact ALMLA’s co-founders Michael Parker or Alyse Emdur at LoftMuseum [​at​] to get involved.