Studio 526

Located at the Village – one of The People Concern’s interim housing sites in Skid Row – Studio 526 is open to everyone. Our focus is on increasing accessibility to community arts spaces for people who are experiencing homelessness or in extremely low-income poverty, and a commitment to being a safe space for people who are living with mental illness. The studio encourages long-term participation as artists develop their individual voices, display their artwork, inspire each other, build community together and make creativity a continuous, restorative part of their lives.

Featured Artist

Meet Peter, a resident artist at Studio 526. Peter’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including at The Grove LA in February 2023. Peter’s paintings draw on his own experience growing up as a Mexican-American, with influence from Picasso.

The History of Studio 526

Studio 526 (formerly Lamp Arts Program, renamed in January 2018) builds on a legacy that stretches back to 1998, when Rory White founded Lamp Art Project as an internal fine arts program for “artists undeterred by mental illness.” Hayk Makhmuryan assumed leadership in 2008, and built on the core principle of a safe and nurturing studio environment, opening the program to everyone in the community in 2012, building on grassroots community members’ engagement, collaborations, guest artists and volunteers to become an important multi-disciplinary arts resource and outlet in the neighborhood. Studio 526 relies on private financial, art supply donations and volunteers to keep its doors open.

Studio 526 currently consists of painting, drawing and music studio sessions, complemented by workshops exploring other creative avenues from writing to photography as well as periodic art shows, collaborations and other participatory projects.