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The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has announced the launch of DCA’s neighborhood arts, cultural and performing arts centers sure to make Summer 2024 unforgettable.   

These programs, events and activities offer a diverse range of opportunities to explore creativity, develop new skills and enjoy new experiences.

DCA’s Marketing, Development, Design, and Digital Research Division has produced the 2024 Summer Fun Guide, featuring  hundreds of food, art, music, dance, film, craft festivals, and more.  The guide is valid from May to September 2024 in every corner of Southern California.

The 2024 Summer Fun Guide is available for download here or by visiting https://culture.lacity.gov/programs-and-initiatives/dca-publications/.

Here are local venues participating in the Summer fun: 

Canoga Park Youth Arts Center

The Canoga Park Youth Arts Center presents the Summer Art & Music Camp, for children ages 3 to 17. The Center offers young people opportunities to explore art and music classes this summer. Sessions include wearable arts, caregiver and me, dance, percussion, painting, and more. The camp runs from June 17 to August 10. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/cpyac24.

Lankershim Arts Center

Young people ages 7 to 16 are invited to register and be part of a DCA Summer Performing Arts Camp providing acting, music, dance, and production experience. The camp runs five weeks from June 17 to July 20. DCA is offering scholarships for urban impacted families and/or those families with multiple siblings attending.  For more information and registration, call (818) 301-6120 or email dca-lankershimtheatre@lacity.org.

The Soul of Music: Teen Musician Internship Program, is for intermediate to advanced youth musicians. Teens have the opportunity to earn $200 to rehearse for one week, and play in a live concert with The Soul Juice Brand. Rehearsals run from June 17 to June 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The performance is on June 23, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (818) 301-6102, or email dca-lankershimtheatre@lacity.org.

Vision Theatre – Leimert Park

Celebrate Make Music Day (Fête de la Musique) in Leimert Park with a free, global livestream concert as part of the Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad. Performances will take place on Friday, June 21, at 8:00 a.m. on People Street in front of the Vision Theatre, by South LA Cultural Treasures Kinnara Taikothe Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Jazz Ensemble with vocalist Dwight Trible, tap dance by the Nicholas Dance Studio, poetry by artivist S. Pearl Sharp, and a drum workshop by Project Knucklehead. At 8:50 a.m., a livestream will feature a “rhythmic relay” passing a heartbeat rhythm from Mexico to Canada as it makes its way to Paris. This event is produced in partnership with LA Commons, and Make Music LA. For more information, visit https://www.makemusicla.org/.

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Grand Performances

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is hosting the annual City of Los Angeles Independent Master Artist Project (COLA IMAP) exhibition open now through July 20. DCA and Grand Performances will premiere the works of literary and performing artists on June 21, at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, located at Two California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles. The COLA IMAP fellows in the literary, performing, design, and visual arts are: Jay Carlon, Gina Loring, Sehba Sarwar, Chris Wabich, Dorian Wood, Jane Brucker, Mariah Garnett, Janna Ireland, Debra Scacco, and Bari Ziperstein. For more information on the exhibition, visit COLA 2024 – Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (lamag.org). For more information on the performances, visit COLA Artist Fellows 2024 — Grand Performances | Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series (https://grandperformances.org/events/cola).

Sun Valley Youth Arts Center

Sun Valley Youth Arts Center is offering a Summer Art Camp for young people, ages 6 to 17. Registration begins June 25, and the camp runs from July 9 to August 8, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Classes include drawing & painting, digital media, ceramics, stencil making, photography, origami, printmaking and more. For more information, please call (818) 252-4619, or visit https://bit.ly/SVYAC.


Taxco Theatre

DCA partnered with the Motion Picture Television Fund to present “A Story Told and Retold,” featuring a unique presentation of storytelling through dance, music, theater, spoken word and media by 8 individuals from the Motion Picture Television Fund.  Each shared their treasured memories of life, career, family, and community, through the lens of local artists. This event will be held on Saturday, June 8, at 2:30 p.m. at the Louis B. Mayer Memorial Theatre, and Sunday, June 9, at the 2:30 p.m. at the Taxco Theatre. For more information, contact taxcotheatre@lacity.org.

DCA’s Taxco Theatre announced The Soul of Music: Succeeding in the Industry, a free workshop series for musicians ages 13 to 19. The five-day workshop will include topics such as: production engineering, branding, music distribution, musicianship, and much more. The workshop runs Monday through Friday, June 17 to 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information and registration, please call (818) 301-6102 or email dca-lankershimtheatre@lacity.org.

Language of the Cosmos

DCA invited Los Angeles performing artists of theater, music, dance, poetry, and media arts to engage with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory staff and multimedia archives to create new works or reimagine existing works. Language of the Cosmos, a weekend-long festival at the Taxco Theatre, will feature performances, community workshops, and multimedia installations inspired by the wonders, sounds, and images of the cosmos, the festival celebrates the Canoga Park community’s long-standing support of the NASA space program. The commissioned performances will be presented on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact

William Grant Still Arts Center

Dive into a world of creativity and rhythm at Art & Jazz Summer Camp! Students will learn the drums, singing, songwriting, keyboards, visual art, African martial arts, beat making, theater, puppet making, and poetry. The camp will be held from July 8 to July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to welcome children ages 7 to 12. Registration opens closes June 28. The camp is free with a low-cost registration fee. To register, visit  wgsac.wordpress.com/2024/05/28/register-for-summer-camp.

Watts Towers Arts Center Campus 

Experience exciting art activities that include painting, drawing, a field trip, and much more in an environment where students can express themselves creatively and develop artistic skills. Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 26 to July 26 for youth ages 6 to 17.  For more information, visit wattstowers.org/summer-arts-camp-1.

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is offering a day camp designed for campers aged 6 to 12, that will run Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from July 8 to August 2. Each week, campers explore visual art, performance, sculpture, architecture, textiles, writing, and more. For more information, visit  cfaer.org/summer-art-camp

McGroarty Arts Center

Explore, learn, and create at McGroarty Arts Center this summer. Discover or continue your craft in ceramics, piano, watercolor and drawing, acrylic and oil painting, macramé, and yoga. The summer classes include 8-week sessions for children and adults beginning July 8. For more information, please visit mcgroartyartscenter.org/class-catalog

About the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

As a leading, progressive arts and cultural agency, DCA empowers Los Angeles’s vibrant communities by supporting and providing access to quality visual, literary, musical, performing, and educational arts programming; managing vital cultural centers; preserving historic sites; creating public art; and funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists.

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