The home of Long Beach's developing arts community, the Long Beach East Village Arts District exhibits almost every art form and hosts the only art museum devoted entirely to Latin American Art, the Museum of Latin American Art.
In 1922, James Savery, a prominent businessman, founded the "Wayside Colony," a section of 8 buildings which were home to art shops, art schools, and private studios. Even after Savery's death in 1931 the community continued to thrive through the 1930's and 40's. It was in 1997 that a group of locals pursued the restoration of this area.
The EVA, or East Village Association, recruits volunteers to fulfill its mission to improve quality of life for residents and businesses and to provide opportunities for all types of artistic expression.
Visitors to the East Village can also enjoy shopping at boutiques, fine dining at unique restaurants, and the only certified organic Farmer's Market in the city of Long Beach.
Long Beach East Village Arts District is located about 30 minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport and is just blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. Other nearby tourist sites include the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, The Queen Mary and a Russian submarine, Long Beach Museum of Art, and several parks local parks.