The mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate and expand the audience for culture while creating an awareness of the creative vitality which exists in northeast Los Angeles. Goals -- During its 13 years of existence, the Collective has sponsored groundbreaking community exhibitions, concerts, performances, poetry readings, lectures, studio tours and cultural programs. It publishes and distributes 1200 copies of its bi-monthly newsletter in the community and offers scholarships to high school art students. Through informed neighborhood involvement and innovative activities, the goal of the Collective is to address the cultural needs of the area, link the creative community with the neighborhood at large, and make art available to the underserved audience of northeast Los Angeles.
The Arroyo Arts Collective was established in 1989 as a community organization of artists, writers and performers who live and work in Northeast Los Angeles, including the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights and Eagle Rock. Historically rich in tradition, the area bordering the Arroyo Seco was Los Angeles' first cultural center at the beginning of the 20th century and the site of the Southwest Museum, the city's first. A large concentration of artists continue to reside in northeast Los Angeles in some of the city's most thoroughly multicultural and richly diverse neighborhoods