Community Health, Youth Voices
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.