Our NonProfit Mission Statement:
• To combat community deterioration and lessen neighborhood tensions through programs and activities that promote the arts, environmental sustainability, tolerance, self-expression, self-determination, health consciousness, and skill-building;
• To provide opportunities for persons who are underprivileged to create, display, perform, and experience art, to learn about environmental sustainability and health consciousness, to build community, and to develop their skills; and
• To educate the larger community about the arts, environmental sustainability, and health consciousness.
HM157 – Lincoln Heights Art Space Welcomes You!
If you happen to be walking around in Lincoln Heights and peer over the front gate of 3110 N Broadway, you might see someone gardening or sitting on the porch of the funky-old mansion. Feel free to say hello to one of the residents of (or visitors to) Historical Monument # 157, aka HM157, also referred to as the Horace P Dibble House. If they aren’t too busy, they might show you around the busy indoor/outdoor art space.
This venerable 1886 Victorian house is on the California Historical landmark list, and over the last 10 years has become the center of the Lincoln Heights creative community, operating as a catalyst for arts and culture. Voted “Best Underground Date Night 2009” and “Best Escape From Corporate Entertainment 2010” by The LA Weekly, the space functions as a music venue, gallery, multi-purpose art space, farm, and location for public and private events, film/video/photo shoots, cinema screenings, eco-workshops, lectures, and more. They enjoy hosting community fundraisers and loved collaborating with the LHNC to put on an over-the-top Haunted house a few years ago.
While innumerable community creative spaces across Los Angeles have risen and fallen, HM157 persists. On May 1st 2015, a horrendous fire devastated the outdoor area, 2 resident-artist living spaces, and 3 of their neighbors’ properties. With the help of a few grants, benefit shows, and online fundraising campaigns, HM157 rebuilt its spacious parking lot turned outdoor stage area, which continues to host stupendous local performers, artists, and vendors.
In addition to all this, HM157 is a home to Chief Executive Officers Reid Maxwell and Charon Nogues, as well as several resident artists and musicians (including the author of this article and Spaniards Pablo and Marieta who form the indie-electro band L.A. Drones), 2 children, a dog and a cat. Its ever-shifting artist collective takes great pleasure in their efforts to bring good stuff your way, are dedicated to the propagation of positive possibilities, and would love to hear from you.
Read what Linda Immediato of L.A. Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine wrote about HM157…
“For years it fell into disrepair languishing as a dumpy realty office. But today, thanks to some technicolor new inhabitants and their TLC, HM157 has become a local grassroots word-of-mouth mecca, operating as an artist space, art gallery, music venue, and community center…
They began scheduling events that lure all kinds of people, from hipsters to families. Events like indie bands sets … to live-model drawing classes and healing herb workshops … HM157 is also a political launch pad and think tank, holding discussions on healthcare reform led by community activists, and some events draw a real mixed crowd for some simple old fashioned fun, like the monthly square dance socials led by Corey Marie with music by Triple Chicken Foot.”