RED LINE TOURS
Coordinated by Cog-nate Collective
installation in project space / red line stops throughout downtown
Between 1911 and 1950 the Red Line trolley system of Pacific Electric Light connected Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Ana, serving as the primary method of transportation and connection for working-class, African American and Latino communities. During this same historical moment, people of color in Orange County were segregated as a consequence of exclusionary housing practices known as “redlining”, which made it extremely difficult for them to buy/rent property outside of Santa Ana.
The public intervention Red Line Tours will analyze and reflect on this dual history of the “red line”, offering tours of Downtown Santa Ana facilitated by student-educators that will shed light on this history and its contemporary cultural evolution. The intervention will take place on Saturday January 3rd, from 5pm – 8pm and tours/trolley rides will be free.
Red Line Tours is the culmination of three months of in-site research on the history of Downtown Santa Ana coordinated by GCAC artist-in-residence Cog-nate Collective (Amy Sanchez and Misael Diaz), undertaken collaboratively by Cal State Fullerton students, community members and socially engaged artists whose practices focus on intervening in public space.