2018 Editors Notebook February

Kudos to Amy Inouye, the artist and community activist based in Highland Park, who has been selected to receive the 2018 “Noisemaker Award” by the organizers of NELA’s acclaimed Lummis Day Festival. The award is presented annually to an individual whose work and contributions to the community reflect the mission of the Lummis Day Community Foundation, “to celebrate the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and to promote cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Ms. Inouye fills the bill perfectly. She is a book designer, gallerist, board member of two nonprofits and the driving force behind numerous award-winning improvement efforts and public-art projects, including the restoration and relighting of the signs for Highland Theater and Mannings Coffee Store on Figueroa St; the restoration of the 22-foot tall “Chicken Boy,” also on Figueroa, where the statue has become a beloved roadside icon of Historic Route 66; and, as President of the Photo Friends of the L.A. Public Library, the preservation and promotion of the library’s vast photo collection.

Ms. Inouye will receive her Noisemaker Award at the annual benefit and award dinner of the Lummis Foundation on Saturday, Apr. 7 at the Highland Park Ebell Club. Tickets for the event, priced at $50, are on sale now at www.LummisDay.org and at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop and Las Cazuelas in Highland Park. All proceeds from the benefit support the Lummis Day Festival, a free, open-to-all, multi-day, multi-venue arts festival in NELA during the first week of June. For more event information, call 818-429-8753 or email lummisdayweb@gmail.com.