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River Session #12 | Mile 0: San Pedro

December 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Explore art, culture, and place along the LA River in a monthly series of guided walks where the River is the lead artist and teacher.


LA River Public Art Project | www.LARiverPublicArtProject.org

Join LA River Public Art Project to experience art, culture, and place along the 51 miles of the LA River. In the spirit of Hyonaayn’ar–a Tongva word that means both teacher and student–participants will learn about the River’s ephemeral histories and imagine it’s ecological futures, all while exploring the diverse cultural responses to the water.

Watch this 10min documentary featuring our three Indigenous Advisors whose artist residency on the River culminated with: A Day of Joyful Intervention: Returning the River

Each month we’ll meander a little further down the River with artists, Indigenous Culture Bearers and local experts: beginning in January at the River’s sources in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains, and concluding in December at the River’s end in Long Beach. Look for surprises around the bend!

River Session #12/MILE 0: Long Beach

December 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM

Join us on December 9th for a very special final session of the year!

Our lead cultural advisor, Tina Orduño Calderon, the Gabrielino Tongva and Chumash Culture Bearer who shaped this inaugural year of River Sessions, will join us on the beach where the land meets the water, where the river meets the sea. It promises to be a unique opportunity to gain insights into the rich cultural heritage and the deep connection between the Gabrielino Tongva people, the River and the Sea.

Lunch and ocean-related discovery await us at AltaSea, an ocean research institute dedicated to bringing together the world’s top climate and marine scientists. Together, they collaborate to conduct groundbreaking research and discover innovative approaches to food and energy supply challenges, climate change, and ocean exploration.

What’s more, this day will be a family-friendly event with something for all ages to enjoy. From the youngest explorers to the ancient mariners, there will be enriching experiences and opportunities for a deeper connection to the aquatic world.


This River Session will include:

  • Centering on the beach with Indigenous Culture Bearer, Tina Orduño Calderon.
  • Hands-on learning at the AltaSea ocean research institute.
  • Lunch!


Don’t miss this extraordinary day of exploration and discovery!

Parasols featuring commissioned art by Jess Gudiel are for sale at event registration ($50) and available at the event: $60ea

Makes a great holiday gift!!! Who is on your list?


I wish you would


walk with me here


more often—


–Lewis MacAdams, The River: Book One


Tina Orduno Calderon: Culture Bearer, Lead Tongva Advisor

Our lead advisor for our 2022/23 programming, Tina is of Gabrielino

Tongva, Chumash and Yoeme descent. She is a singer, songwriter,

poet, traditional dancer and storyteller.



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