Sylvan Sound Check at Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve
On the crisp evening of Friday, October 20th, the tranquil beauty and sounds of Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve merged with the eco-themed melodies of the Jim Ocean Band. The Armstrong Forest Theater served as the backdrop for this musical experience, the Sylvan Sound Check.
Sylvan Sounds, officially launching in the summer of 2024, merges nature and music. On October 20th, the Sylvan Sound Check provided a preview of what’s to come. Stay tuned and mark your calendars for to see different featured artists at the Armstrong Forest Theater in Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve! Get ready for the blended serenading sounds of the majestic redwoods and other symphonies, an experience that will create an unforgettable fusion of music and nature.
Procession Community Event at Los Angeles State Historic Park
The sun was blazing, but that didn’t stop community members in Los Angeles from embarking on a unique civic journey with Procession, a moving arts festival that traces multiple historic paths of the Los Angeles River. This dynamic social art project celebrates the vital importance of water through three walking performances across the city streets, converging at the iconic Los Angeles State Historic Park.
The performance was led by local artists, including members from multiple tribal communities. Lazaro Arvizu Jr. (Gabrielino/Tongva), Tina Calderon (Gabrielino/Tongva, Chumash, Yoeme), and Little Tokyo’s Nobuko Miyamoto guided participants along the river’s former paths, with each artist sharing their distinct cultural practices and traditions along the way.
Dia de los Muertos at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
In the heart of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Dia de los Muertos came alive in a vibrant celebration of life and remembrance. Visitors were invited to explore museums, admire altares de muertos (altars of the dead) honoring influential Old Town citizens, and participate in hands-on activities.
One of the highlights of the event was the Community Altar, where attendees could honor their loved ones by contributing their names. This collective remembrance emphasized the power of community and shared memories. Adding a touch of magic to the evening, the Plaza de Armas hosted a free community showing of Disney Pixar’s “Coco.” Families and friends gathered under the stars, embracing the spirit of Dia de los Muertos and reveling in the rich tapestry of traditions that make this celebration so special.
These recent events not only showcase the diverse cultural offerings in California but also underscore the importance of community, nature, and shared experiences in our lives. The Arts in California Parks program and selected projects will continue to offer arts and cultural events that benefit our communities.