Welcome to Cartwheel Art Tours!

Cartwheel Art Tours, is based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District– once a gritty section filled with disused warehouses, train tracks and manufacturing plants by the LA River– now one of Los Angeles’s most unique, art-centric and rapidly changing destination neighborhoods.

This is where our founder, Cindy Schwarzstein, whose background is in hospitality management, and is a board member of Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association, lives, works and plays!

The Arts District, and other unique art communities through-out Los Angeles and Southern California, is also where for the last four years, she’s been producing and leading unique immersive neighborhood art tours for groups, organizations and individuals.

Cindy design’s custom immersive tour itineraries to provide exclusive opportunities for guest’s, to DISCOVER both art and the neighborhood in which the art is made, EXPLORE the community’s history and developments, and EXPERIENCE some of the exciting food and beverage unique to the area.

The tour itineraries she create’s are varied, and rotating authentic experiences occur–in artists studios and galleries, on the streets, and with specialty and artisan local businesses–where she provide’s the perspectives of an eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate insiders including historians, artists, writers, and filmmakers who are deeply connected to their neighborhoods.

Most tours are co-hosted with Steve Grody,  author of Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art, and whose work was part of MOCA’s Art in the Streets 2011 exhibition. Steve contributes an educational component on street art and graffiti.

Although Cindy specializes in creating custom tour itineraries for private groups and organizations, while leading the tours as well, she also leads art tours in partnership with Atlas Obscura and other organizations.

Check out the CARTWHEEL ART TOURS CALENDAR for upcoming public tours.

CONTACT CINDY, if you are interested in partnering, and want to have her create a custom itinerary for your group or organization. Whether it’s for two or sixty-five persons, and to tie-in to an art or neighborhood event as special programming, a team-building event, an educational opportunity for a university, or to fundraise for a non-profit, a collectors and alumni group event or as a gift for a birthday, her speciality is in creating unique and authentic opportunities for those on the tours to DISCOVER, EXPLORE and EXPERIENCE both art and neighborhoods in which the art is made.

Note: a percentage of ticket sales goes towards the artists and guest speakers on the tours. Also, The Downtown Los Angeles Arts District tours include a map, created by Cartwheel Art, identifying the murals, artist studios, galleries, event spaces, restaurants, bars, cafes, and other creative businesses in the vibrant Arts District.



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Recent testimonials can be found here.

Some of our past tour’s: 

  • Britweek’s Urban Adventure bus tour. Exploration occurred in the neighborhoods of Historic Filipinotown for the Gabba Arts District,  Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, Echo Park including Animal Alley and Downtown Los Angles for Indian Alley. More here
  • World Art Day tour. Exploration occurred in LA’s Historic Filipinotown in the Gabba Arts District for World Art DayMore here
  • “South of Seventh,” a DTLA Arts District neighborhood tour: More here and here.
  • South Central, Los Angeles, CA (Smile South Central): More here
  • Riverside, CA.: More here
  • Lincoln Heights/North Industrial District (Naud Graffiti Yard and Brewery Arts Complex): More here
  • Echo Park/Historic Filipinotown, CA. (Animal Alley and Belmont Tunnel): More here
  • Laguna Beach, CA. More here
  • West Adams, CA. More here

Neighborhoods with upcoming Tours (Stay tuned for more details):

Miami, FL., USA: Cartwheel Art Tours will offer an exclusive and immersive art-oriented insider and intimate tour in Miami during the most exciting and important art-centric international event of the year, Miami Art Week. It is at this time, the international art world descends on the beautiful, historical city to experience the latest in contemporary art.

Orange, CA. Santa Ana, CA. Venice, CA. Pasadena, CA. Joshua Tree, CA, West Adams, CA, Watts, CA., Boyle Heights., Chinatown, CA.,  


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Here are more details on some of what is offered for guests on out tours in the DTLA Arts District:

DISCOVER: murals and street art by internationally well-known artists and Los Angeles graffiti crews while learning about the historical background and details of lettering and styles of graffiti by historians and the artists. There are over one hundred murals in the Arts District and this area is really starting to show growth where its destined to become the Wynwood Arts District of the west coast.

EXPLORE: significant developments and historical points of interest. See industrial warehouses being repurposed and developed along with new construction for art gallery/museum complexes such as Hauser, Wirth and Schimmel from a flour mill in addition, to A + D  Architecture and Design Museum. Many historical buildings such as the Coca-Cola and Ford manufacturing plants have plans to be converted into live/work residential and creative office spaces among other mixed-use developments The First to Seventh Street Bridges are all well known for filming and seen on some of the Cartwheel Art Tours.

EXPERIENCE: the first hand perspectives of artists, developers, historians, restaurant and creative entrepreneurs while visiting them in their homes, studios, businesses and on the streets as they discuss the Arts District. Learn about the waves of creatives who are moving into the neighborhood as fashion, food, art and filming becomes the new manufacturing in the district.

More information on the navigation in the Cartwheel Art Tour section of our website:

Please visit our TESTIMONIALS section to read reviews from past Cartwheel Art Tour participants.

For group planners interested in Cartwheel Art Tours creating an itinerary for their groups or organization’s, our COVERAGE section provides some of the past tours the Cartwheel Art team has written about, which offers insights of options.

Finally it is our BLOG section, where you will find posts from our team who write about and photograph what influences us, whether its current or historical, in and around the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Its also where we post about exhibits that excite us, plus our personal adventures as we travel through Los Angeles, the United States, and foreign destinations.

Thank’s for your visit here to learn more about Cartwheel Art Tours.

We look forward to seeing you on one of the public tours or receiving an inquiry by email from you to begin planning a private tour for your group or organization soon!!