"Drums, Blues & Jazz Festival", Memorial Day Weekend
Cultural landmark, St. Elmo Village, continues to celebrate its 40th Anniversary year with its annual Drums, Blues and Jazz Festival, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th from Noon to 7:00 pm both days at 4830 St. Elmo Drive, Los Angeles 90019, near the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Venice Blvd. Admission is free. Parking shuttle available at Mid Town Shopping Center.
St. Elmo Village Co-founder and artist, Roderick Sykes, says, "Our annual Drums, Blues and Jazz Festival, is the perfect centerpiece for celebrating our history. The art forms speak to the very principles that the Village has lived out for 40 years. The philosophy of the Village is that all people are creative and powerful in their own way. This anniversary is not just our milestone. It celebrates the birth of a shared public history that has inspired countless visitors and friends to 'love what they do and do what they love'. Through sharing the creative process, we encourage self-confidence and self-esteem through the arts. We want to create bridges with art, because art helps us to be more humane."
The Memorial Day weekend celebration will focus on world unity via the arts and will feature different musical acts in each genre each day. In addition, food and craft vendors; painting, photography, and graphic exhibits; as well as the lush public gardens and found object sculptures will be open during the event. The Village is poised to welcome and receive over 5,000 guests, neighbors, friends, community leaders, artists, tourists, students and service organizations. St. Elmo Village, a "Live, Work, Teach" space, has been cited as a mecca for literary, visual and performance art, and as a green-space model for Los Angeles City and urban elevation.
St. Elmo Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation known worldwide for its commitment to educating and encouraging the artist within each of us. The Village has served the greater Los Angeles community as a free arts enrichment center, public garden, gallery space, and public meeting place.
Founded in 1969, by artists Roderick Sykes and Rozzell Sykes. The Village is one of the oldest free arts organizations in Los Angeles. As a result of their work, St. Elmo Village has received many awards including KCET Community Hero Awards for husband and wife, and Executive Director and Administrator Director respectively, Roderick Sykes and Jacqueline Alexander-Sykes. St. Elmo has been studied by Architecture and Urban Planning Programs around the country as a model community development that incorporates art and artists into a neighborhood.Â