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The Watts Towers Campus is located at 1727 East 10th Street, Los Angeles, CA90002. The campus includes the Watts Towers Arts Center, opened in 1961, the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia, begun in 1921, and the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center that opened in 2008. Admission to the Arts Center and Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center is FREE and open to the public to all exhibitions and Festivals.

The Watts Towers Arts Center, located in the heart of Watts, provides a diverse array of tours, lectures, permanent and changing exhibitions for the public and offers classes for teachers and students in painting, sculpture, photography, music, dance, and multimedia arts. The Noah Purifoy Gallery is the home of the Center’s changing exhibition program. The Howard Instrument Collection is housed in the Dr. Joseph & Bootsie Howard Gallery, is a permanent, revolving installation of musical instruments from around the world.

On last Saturday of September, the Center produces the Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival, dedicated to percussion and the traditional role of drumming in human societies. And on the last Sunday of September, thousands gather for the Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in Los Angeles, that pays tribute to the American music forms of Jazz, Gospel, and Blues and takes it to the Avant Garde and Latin Jazz Scene.

The Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center, named in honor of the renowned jazz bassist and visionary, is specifically dedicated to young people by expanding existing music classes offered through the Department of Cultural Affairs, and classes in art and media. The Mingus Gallery, located in the lobby, exhibits the work of our young students as well as local and international artists and serves as a performance space for theatrical readings and musical ensembles.
Tours of the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. every half hour. The last tour of the day is at 3 p.m.

General Admission: $7.00; Seniors and Youth 13-17 years: $3.00; Children 12 and younger: FREE when accompanied by an adult.
Twenty visitors per tour. All tours are conducted by docents and are on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no tours offered on rainy days. Smoking, eating, or drinking inside or near the Towers fenced area is prohibited. Admission fees, days, and times are subject to change without notice. Public tours begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays when there is a pre-scheduled Visiting School Workshop.

Call 213.847.4646 for more information about the Watts Towers Arts Center-Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center Campus events, classes, and about our Visiting Schools Program and Large Group Tour arrangements.

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