Art and struggle in Boyle Heights

The rising cost of gallery space elsewhere has created the migration of an art scene into Boyle Heights. While some may view this expansion as a positive development for the community, others believe it’s part of trends making Boyle Heights more unequal. A mobile art exhibit called Ambularte was erected as a kind of protest to neighborhood gentrification, and a challenge to the idea that Boyle Heights lacks art and culture. “There is already free art here. Abstract art gets recognition. Our Chicano art is [considered] vandalism and graffiti and not a suitable form of art.” Read more about the controversy on Boyle Heights Beat.



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