SELA Arts Festival at the L.A. River

Curated by Edlin G. Lopez (Southeast artist), an art walk will be set up to view local artists' work organized around the theme of transformations, referencing the melting pot of cultures and histories evident in the Southeast community.

Edlin G. Lopez

Led by Jenn Mejia (staff for City of South Gate); there will be stencil drawing workshop for children.


Led by Thalia Mesa (Maywood resident and artist); there will be face painting for children.

face painting

Led by Hector "Tetris" Arias. A recognized graffiti artist from Bell, Hector "Tetris" Arias will create images on wood panels specific to the event and the L.A. River.

Hector “Tetris” Arias

Curated by the Art Therapy Network, this engagement project will focus on migration patterns and storytelling through the medium of art therapy. They will directly engage the public by educating them on migration therapy.

art therapy

This organization will set up a self-portrait workshop where families and children can create an images of themselves and collectively reflect the community.

Eye Hart Art

Led by Rivers and Action (only Southeast based L.A. River organization), they will teach children how to paint using watercolors and use the L.A. River as inspiration. Rivers in Action was founded by Lynwood resident Melissa Bamanpour.


SELA Arts Festival at the L.A. River

2019 date TBA

Come celebrate the arts and culture of the Southeast with local artists, L.A. River stakeholders, and our community! Participants include SELA artists and vendors, L.A. River organizations and local food trucks. There will also be plenty of family-friendly activities, theater, dance, music and more!

In the L.A. River channel
5400 Monroe Ave.
South Gate, CA 90280
**No alcohol, no smoking and no glass allowed!

Bike, walk or drive to the site.
Parking available at Hollydale Park.