This is a recommendation list of mostly DIY art (and etc) spaces around Los Angeles that hold public events that are free or low cost, assembled summer 2018. This is a subjective and possibly idiosyncratic, error-prone list.
Collectively-organized nonprofit space with an emphasis on performative and underexposed modes of expression
New media art gallery. Openings held sporadically.
Galleries, workshops, classes, performances.
Always free. Always contemporary. Exhibits, concerts, screenings, talks, etc.
An artist publication archive. Holds semi-monthly exhibitions.
Mid-City (Arlington Heights)
A space for exhibitions, events, dialogue, and artist collaborations. Outdoor Garden. Free admission (donations accepted).
A test site for collective autonomy, hosts exhibits, concerts, other events.
Residency, studio, talks, literary events, performances, meals.
Mobile-run arts org presenting community workshops, student maker classes, and artist support services.
Women's resource center, workshops, co-working space.
20 years strong! All ages punky DIY performance venue.
Bar that hosts DIY weirdo concerts in a fancy though affordable venue.
This renown avant museum also holds occasional concerts of traditional european and mid-eastern music. Get on their email list.
Downtown/South of 10
Video art, new media, sound art/experimental music. Non-profit.
Pop-up modular synth picnic happening bi-monthly in the warm months in North Atwater Park. Announced on Instagram.
Community-organized highly active space with experimental film screenings and workshops.
La collectionneuse — the woman who collects — is the totemic hostess of a monthly cinematic salon for lovers of French and international film and culture. Often combines film and dance, swimming, food, etc.
Somewhat in the same family as Jurassic Tech. Old theater, panorama, garden. Esoteric performances, talks, etc. A gem.
A collections-based research and education institution preserving cold war artifacts and history. Hosts exhibits, talks, tours.
A marionette puppet theater that holds kids events, experimental concerts, and more.
True community online and low power AM radio station. Dozens of shows. Hundreds of participants. Always changing. Holds events.
Ultra-current web radio station (also LDN) broadcasting urban electronic experimental musics.
Unaccredited postgraduate workshop and repository of online art education resources
Publisher, reading room, and possibly still workshops from The Public School LA
The Southland Institute's list of outer schools
Machine Project x Common Field's Guides to starting an art space, curating and planning events, and hosting workshops