The Avenue 50 Studio, Inc. is a non-profit art gallery formed to support the cultural vitality of the community of Highland Park. It is the Avenue 50 Studio's objective to provide an ongoing structure that will enhance public recognition and appreciation of our multicultural art community, and engender support for visual artists, writers and poets.
The Avenue 50 Studio originated in November 1999 as a photography workshop. Realizing the need for a cultural space in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, it inaugurated its first show in February of 2000 with a group exhibit of 15 local Chicano/Latino artists. "Making the Invisible Visible," a multimedia experimental silkscreen exhibit in tribute to Cesar Chavez, followed this exhibit. Since that time there have been 15 month-long shows of solo and group artists.
The Highland Park area of Los Angeles is an established community of long-term residents at the edges of middle class. It is primarily Latino of Mexican and Central American descent and bilingual in speech, signage and character. Avenue 50 is committed to addressing the furthering of an established culture that is always evolving. Presenting the arts and artists of Mexico and Central America is at par with showcasing the arts and artists of Highland Park. By including our community, our shows bring a new understanding of Highland Park's cultural breadth and wide range of experiences. Avenue 50 Studio believes that by continuing to reach out to our community we will further this cultural recognition not only in Highland Park but also in the greater Los Angeles area.