Los Angeles Union Station: California Dream Gateway Turns 85

Los Angeles Union Station: California Dream Gateway Turns 85
Los Angeles Union Station: California Dream Gateway Turns 85
Written by Harry Johnson

From May 1939 onward, Los Angeles Union Station has served a greater purpose than merely connecting physical communities in the Western region.

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Los Angeles Union Station will mark its 85th anniversary this year, as a significant icon of Downtown Los Angeles. Over the past 80+ years, Union Station has embodied the essence of Los Angeles and has become an important gateway to the aspirations of the California dream and a lively hub for arts and culture. In honor of this milestone, the Station will invigorate the community with a series of events and programs that celebrate esteemed collaborations, talented artists, and special holidays throughout its 85th year.

From May 1939 onward, Los Angeles Union Station has served a greater purpose than merely connecting physical communities in the Western region. It has also functioned as a hub for cultural exchange, art, and celebration, fostering connections among the diverse communities residing in Los Angeles.

The year of celebrations will begin February 15t, starting with ‘Celebrating in our Ancestors’ Footsteps’ – a special acknowledgment of the Waiting Room exhibition titled Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939. The Metro Art event will commence with an energetic lion dance performed by students from the nearby East Wind Foundation. Following that, there will be a guided tour of the exhibition led by Metro Art.

A complimentary showing of Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life will take place at the Station on February 23. This Metro Art event will feature a unique discussion between the renowned visual artist and Alissa Walker, a writer based in Los Angeles.

Following that, Metro Art Presents is bringing back Jazz Tracks by popular demand, in collaboration with KJazz. People of all ages in Los Angeles are invited to indulge in an extraordinary evening of live music and exclusive performances.

The Station will remain involved in Doors Open California, a statewide event organized by the California Preservation Foundation, which celebrates architecture and culture. Angelenos who participate will have the opportunity to take guided art and architecture tours of the last of the great train stations, giving them exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS ARTICLE:

  • Over the past 80+ years, Union Station has embodied the essence of Los Angeles and has become an important gateway to the aspirations of the California dream and a lively hub for arts and culture.
  • In honor of this milestone, the Station will invigorate the community with a series of events and programs that celebrate esteemed collaborations, talented artists, and special holidays throughout its 85th year.
  • This Metro Art event will feature a unique discussion between the renowned visual artist and Alissa Walker, a writer based in Los Angeles.

About the author

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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