Seniors at a local charter school this week debuted their senior project, an arts festival at the Old L.A. Farmers Markets on Marmion Way in Highland Park. The event, which doubled as a fundraiser, added cheerful teenagers and local artists to the farmers market.
The Academia Avance Class of 2013 organized the event as part of their Senior Work-Educational Experience project and as a fundraiser for the Senior International Learning Lab.
Sixteen-year-old Darwin Arriola told EGP that he and other students went business to business to invite the local establishments to participate in the festival.
“It was a lot harder than I expected,” Arriola confessed. “They would say they were interested and that they would call, but they didn’t, so we would have to keep going to remind them.”
The Academia Avance students worked with the farmers market’s sponsor, the North Figueroa Association, to bring public art, food trucks, and a stage for music performance to the event. The student-run outdoor art festival was held in conjunction with the regular Tuesday afternoon farmer’s market, which included the usual array of fresh produce, bakers, hot food vendors and local artisans.
“The mission is to expose underground artists who are unknown or not found in stores,” student Richard Tapia said in an announcement for the event.
The “Taste of Highland Art” should not be confused with a Highland Park-exclusive restaurant tasting event. On Tuesday, Monte 52 was the only Highland Park restaurant at the Farmers Old L.A. Farmers Market. Monte 52 is a sandwich shop located inside La Tropicana Market on Monte Vista Street.
Angelenos who missed Tuesday’s festival, have one more opportunity to take it in first hand, as the students will repeat the event on Tues. March 12, same location, beginning at 3 p.m.