Studio 526 is The People Concern’s community arts and cultural program located in the Skid Row neighborhood. Rooted in the understanding that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is essential for all people, communities and is a fundamental human right, Studio 526 focuses on increasing accessibility to community arts spaces for people who are experiencing homelessness or in extremely low-income poverty or 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.

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts & Culture Department, Studio 526 now offers a 10-week paid Arts Program Internship for students interested in bringing arts and cultural spaces to underserved communities. “The Arts Program Internship gives us the opportunity to focus on specific projects like hosting art exhibits, designing various workshops and workshop templates that will be used at Studio 526 and across the agency. The program is a way to add capacity to the arts program as well as grow partnerships with entities across the county. We are excited to offer this new program and hope to continue it year after year,” says Hayk Makhmuryan, The People Concern’s Arts Program Manager for Studio 526.

View the video for a first-hand look into Studio 526 and their first in-person art show since the coronavirus pandemic.