State of the Arts in Downey, 2010

Downey Civic Light Opera

The DCLO has a 55 year history of producing popular musicals at the Downey Theatre.  They currenty produce three musicals a year, with 12 performances for each show in October, February, and June.  2010 Season: My Fair Lady, Rodgers & Hart: A Celebration, Carousel The 2011 Season: No No Nanette, The Melody Lingers On (Irving Berlin), Funny Girl

Downey Symphony

Downey’s very own symphony orchestra puts on four performances a year in the Downey Theatre, including one free concert in Furman Park during the summer.  Upcoming musical pieces include:  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Brahms; Walk to the Paradise Garden, Delius, Firebird Suite, Stravinsky; St. Paul’s Suite, Holst, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Mozart; Serenade for Strings, Tchaikovsky.  They’ve operated for 53 years.

Downey Art Vibe

Downey’s newest organization is a non-profit group for promoting local arts & culture,  They’ve produced five arts events in the past 4 years.  In April 2010, they produced a successful event around a photography art exhibition in the Downey Theatre gallery space, which drew approximately 800 people.

Summer Concerts in the Park

For six Wednesday nights in July and August, the city of Downey hosts and sponsors a series of concerts held outdoors at Furman Park.  This year featured Mariachi, Big band jazz, the Downey Symphony, Classic Rock, Country, and nostalgia A Capella.

Downey Art Museum

Furman park is the home of the Downey Art Museum, a small showcase of art for the community for many years. Unfortunately, it has been closed this year and may be for awhile. The museum is currently involved in a lawsuit that triggered the city to close the museum and put the art in storage.


There are small things going on all the time, and the often will fall under the radar.  We have a comedy troupe based in Downey known as Chameleon Comedy that will perform improv at various places including Mambo Grill.  Our high school drama programs produce plays in the fall and spring.  We have some local dance studios that perform at the Downey Theatre, as well as programs put on by the Downey Kiwanis.

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Photo credits: Downey Civic Light Opera, City of Downey, Valentin Flores, Pam Lane

By Downey Arts Coalition

Downey Arts Coalition is a movement of several people, however this website is currently managed and updated by Andrew J Wahlquist.

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