Welcome to Cartwheel Art Tours!

Cartwheel Art Tours, an offshoot of Cartwheel Art, is based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District We produce and lead unique immersive, neighborhood art tours for groups, organizations and individuals throughout Southern California. Guests are provided exclusive opportunities to DISCOVER, EXPLORE and EXPERIENCE both art and neighborhoods in which the art is made, while learning about the community;s history and where a a food/beverage component is usually included.

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

All tours are custom created and led by Cartwheel Art Magazine and Cartwheel Art Tours founder Cindy Schwarzstein, who is a board member for numerous art and neighborhood organizations and has a background in Hospitality Management. 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.

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.

Recent Press:

California Meetings & Events Magazine
Fathom Away
Travel & Leisure

Recent testimonials can be found here.

Our Neighborhood! This is where we explore regularly:

Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, CA, USA: These urban tours, in addition to being immersive experiences with art on the street, galleries and in artists studios, provide an opportunity to learn about the developments occurring in one of Los Angeles’s most unique, dynamic, art-centric and rapidly changing neighborhoods, once a gritty section filled with disused warehouses, train tracks and manufacturing plants by the LA River.

This occurs through our eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate district insiders who are deeply connected to the neighborhood. Cartwheel Art’s headquarters are located here, and founder, Cindy Schwarzstein who leads the tours, serves on the board of Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA) along with being actively involved in other community organizations and committees in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

Steve Grody, historian and author of Graffiti L.A., who co-hosts the tours for graffiti, and whose work was part of MOCA’s Art in the Streets 2011 exhibition, was also a resident of the district for 27 years.

Special Themed and Partnered Tours

Britweek’s Urban Adventure Bus Tour on Saturday May 7th! This tour will take guests through 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.

Additional neighborhoods we are currently exploring 

LA’s Historic Filipinotown in the Gabba Arts District, CA. for The Gabba Arts District: BritWeek. More here from last public tour.

“South of Seventh,” (DTLA Arts District adjacent): More here from our last tour.

South Central, Los Angeles, CA: More here from our last public tour.

Riverside, CA.: More here from our last public tour.

Lincoln Heights/North Industrial District (Naud Graffiti Yard and Brewery Arts Complex): More here from our last public tour.

Echo Park/Historic Filipinotown, CA. for Animal Alley and Belmont Tunnel: More here from our last public tour.

Laguna Beach, CA. More here from our last public tour.

West Adams, CA. More here from our last public tour. 

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.,  


CONTACT US, for group planners who would like us to create a custom tour itineracy for your group or organization, or have questions about Cartwheel Art Tours.

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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!!