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    Roots & Blues November 6, 2021

    November 1st, 2021

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    The Ivory Thread, a Play by Michael J Gonzales August 5

    August 3rd, 2021

    Downey Arts Coaltition 10th Anniversary Celebration presents in collaboration with Michael J Gonzalez, and Walk A Mile Works the new solo play “The Ivory Thread” written and performed by Michael J Gonzales, directed by Debra DeLiso. At 50, a man’s life is turned upside down, and he changes his career to become actor.

    Thursday, August 5th, 2021 –  7:30 pm

    Q&A: Alistair Hunter 8:30

    Free Admission 1 drink minimum

    The Epic Lounge, 8239 2nd Street
    Downey, CA 90241

    “The Ivory Thread” opens August 8th at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and later moving to Off Off Broadway to the Solo Festival on 42nd Street.

    When the bottom falls out, hold on to the “The Ivory Thread” and see where it takes you. The Downey Arts Coalition presents this one-person play in Downey, for one performance only, prior to its opening at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and the Solo Festival, Off Off Broadway. Thursday, August 5th, 7:30 pm. 8:40 Q&A RAFFLE Free Admission. 1 Drink Minimum. The Epic Lounge, 8239 2nd Street, Downey, 90241.

    It’s the call no one wants to get and puts you in a club you never want to be part of. Over the course of his life, Michael J. Gonzales answered several calls in his life, mostly metaphorical and with a musical bent. But that one call, at age 50, changed everything. Through unexpected and paralyzing loss, he was holding on to the proverbial thread. But was it strong enough to take him through this nightmare? The Ivory Thread is a story of a musician’s journey into acting after personal tragedy.

    Multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multigenerational, the Downey Arts Coalition is a completely volunteer, 501 (c) non profit tax exempt organization. Over the last ten years the Downey Arts Coalition has expanded access and provided opportunities and experiences in arts and culture to thousands of people in our underserved community with Art Exhibits, Poetry, Music, Theatre, Festivals, Dia De Los Muertos, Call To Artists, Murals, Community Meetings, Education, Arts Advocacy, and in collaboration with he  GlennFest Film Festival Free Film Screenings (Special Needs Adults, Children’s, Latinex, Cuban, Mexican, Dutch, French, Australian, Scottish, German, Canadian, English, Irish, Women, LGBTQ, Foreign, Independent, Documentary, Anime, Animation, World Premieres, US Premieres, and Los Angeles Premieres). Downey Arts Coalition has produced or directed the only contemporary dramatic plays and theatre in Downey since the 70’s.

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    Call to Artists: Keys – Submit by Oct 3rd

    July 12th, 2021

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    Earth Recycled II with Gershwin! Saturday April 6

    April 5th, 2019

    Earth Recycled II Art Exhibit

    Accompanying the Downey Symphony Concert

    Saturday April 6, 6:30PM

    Save the planet this Saturday with “Earth Recycled II,” a group exhibit featuring artwork inspired by Earth day. Come prepared to experience pieces created using recycled materials and with environmental themes. Curator Andrew Hernandez has put together an amazing group of artists:

    Alejandra CarrolArtist Lindsay Yost is the featured artistl
    Amelie Simmons
    Andrew Ruano
    Andrew Hernandez
    Charles Osawa
    David Ruano
    Erika Reynoso
    Glen Farrelly
    James Carroll
    Joanne Chase-Matillo
    Kristan Haitz
    Lindsay Yost – Featured Artist
    Susan Harper
    Ursala Harris
    Victor Nava

    Tickets to the Downey Symphony concert are required for entry – see below for a discount code for $10 off.

    Gershwin! Downey Symphony Concert

    This Saturday April 6, 2019 – 8:00pm – Downey Theatre

    Don’t miss the final concert of the season, presenting some of George Gershwin’s most well-known pieces:
    – Strike Up the Band
    – Catfish Row: Symphonic Suite from “Porgy and Bess”
    – American in Paris
    – Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist, Bernadene Blaha

    Program also includes special guest, Rachel Lorenzetti, singing some favorite Gershwin classics, Click to hear a special video message from Rachel.

    Use code DSPC to receive
    $10 off admission to Gershwin!

    Click here to purchase tickets for this Saturday’s Concert and Art Show. Apply the promotional code after selecting your seats.

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    Call to Artists: Earth Recycled II on April 6

    February 15th, 2019

    Call to Artists: Earth Recycled II

    Submit your work by March 24th

    Downey Arts Coalition and Downey Symphonic Society present “EarthRecycled II,” a group art exhibit featuring artwork inspired by Earth day. We are looking for pieces created using recycled materials or of environmental themes. Paper, plastic, paint, glass, metal, etc, whatever can be recycled. Help to change the world by using your “trash” to create new and amazing art.

    The show takes place in the lobby of the Downey Theatre, before and after the next concert of the Downey Symphony Orchestra, April 6th, 2019. Submit images of your artwork to curator Andrew Hernandez, .  Include the title, medium and size, as well as a short description.

    Due to technical difficulties with the website, graphics are not being displayed.  Please see this link for more info:

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    Downey Arts Coalition Year-End Meeting Dec 10th

    December 6th, 2018

    Artists! Advocates! Creatives! Join us for our annual end-of-the-year Downey Arts Coalition membership meeting.

    • Share your vision for art, theatre, film, poetry & music in our city
    • A presentation by special guest Chad Berlinghieri, producer of the Christmas in Downey concert
    • Vote for the 2019 Board Leadership
    • Network and dream with other creative people in our city

    Monday, December 10th, 7PM

    The Epic Lounge – 8239 2nd Street, Downey, CA 90241 (West of Downey Ave)

    RSVP on Facebook:

    Become a member or renew today!

    We are a non-profit organization devoted to building up community access to arts & culture, through programming, advocacy and marketing. We currently have open opportunities for volunteers to get involved and make a difference.

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    Call to Artists: Love, Peace, and Joy – Dec 9th

    November 29th, 2018

    A new holiday themed art show, “Love, Peace and Joy” is to be presented by the Downey Arts Coalition as part of the “It’s Christmas in Downey” art show at the Downey Theatre on December 16th.  Artists who wish to submit work that fits the theme can email .  Deadline for entry is December 9th.

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    It’s Christmas in Downey! December 16th

    November 29th, 2018

    Downey Theater
    December 16, 2018 at 4:00PM

    It’s not every day that we get such a distinguished well known and respected Artistic Director like Chad Berlinghieri in the City of Downey to direct an unforgettable acoustic performance which will bring more joy and happiness in December during the Christmas holiday.

    Chad Berlinghieri brings “it’s Christmas in Downey” an event for all ages which will raise the spirits of those young and old to sing along with the Cathedral Productions Orchestra as they perform all of our favorite Christmas carols. This is just a sliver of an event which attendees Will not forget. During the first half, the All American Boys Chorus, a few new anthems from the one hundred voiced combined adult choir.

    Following intermission, it’s onto Handel’s masterpiece, The Messiah! This year we are pleased to have returning direct from Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera star Baritone Christopher Job. From the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall, Soprano Anna Schubert. We will introduce three new artists including Mezzo-Soprano Mary Beth Nelson from Florida Grand Opera and The Glimmerglass Festival in New York, Tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro from Arizona and Santa Fe Opera. Taking the podium of this concert will be Maestro Valery Ryvkin from The Metropolitan & San Francisco.

    And last but not least, an exceptional treat which will inspire many for years to come. Cooper Philip from Los Angeles, a small town girl Born in Russia to a family of classical musicians. With her beautiful voice and shining star appearance, she will perform live, and she is definitely a shining star you do not want to mess.

    In addition to the music, Downey Arts Coalition will present the group art exhibit “Love, Peace and Joy,” curated by Andrew Hernandez in the lobby of the theatre.

    It’s Christmas everyone, come and join us. For an unforgettable event which will turn out to be an experience children and adults will never forget.

    Buy Tickets

    To purchase your tickets over the phone please call the Box Office (562) 861-8211 or (714) 883-7987

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    Viva La Música! Downey Symphony Concert – Oct 20

    September 14th, 2018

    The Downey Symphonic Society presents ¡Viva la Música! October 20th, 2018 at the Downey Theatre. With an American premiere by composer Oscar Navarro, who composed the official symphony of the city of Downey, the Downey Overture. Clarinetist David Van Maele will perform the Clarinet Concerto no. 3. Also performances of influential pieces by Latin composers such as Alberto Ginastero and Maurice Ravel.

    Music Director Sharon Lavery will give a pre-lecture talk at 7:15, and the Downey Arts Coalition presents a new group art exhibit “Viva el Arte.” In the lobby beginning at 6:30.

    Celebrate the 60th anniversary season of the Downey Symphony Orchestra, bringing top quality professional symphonic music to Downey since 1958.

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    Call to Artists: Hollywoodland, deadline Sept 23rd

    September 12th, 2018


    • Sponsor: GlennFest Film Festival
    • Where: Downey Civic Theatre
    • Opening: Saturday, October 8, 2018 – 9:00am
    • Closing: Sunday, October 9, 2018 – 10:00pm
    • Parameters: All Medias, Mixed Medias, All Sizes, Self-Contained
    • Fee: $8 per art pieces that are selected
    • Theme: Movie and Hollywood inspired art pieces.    

    Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 23, 2018- Midnight

    For many decades films have been a great source for entertainment for countless people throughout the entire world. Films take us to faraway places people could only see in their dreams, tells stories of great evils against a great goods, love, horror and history of great events and greater people. Over the years the medium has gone through changes and styles that has since become hyper realistic and provide an immersive experience.

    In honor of the seventh year of the Glennfest Film Festival, Downey’s free film festival, we will be holding an art exhibition at the Downey Civic Theatre. We are looking for art pieces that take inspiration or based around different films that have been released. This includes portraits of the actors and actresses who have been involved in the film industry throughout history and other items or people surrounding the industry.     

    Selected artists will be featured in the galley booklet, with your contact information. All artists will access to all film screenings for the entire festival and can attend whichever ones they can as all screenings are free. Artists are also encouraged to attend our reception brunch Sunday, October 9 from 11am- 1pm with food, drinks and live music.  


    Artwork must be regarding theme:   

    For consideration, please submit the following to:

    Andrew Hernandez at:  

    1. Jpeg of artwork
    2. Title, Medium, Price, and Size
    3. Short description, one sentence, of relation to theme.
    4. Short biography about yourself, one paragraph, photo, website and social media information.

    Those selected will be sent an artist’s information packet re details about delivery and retrieval.

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