Highland Park has a thriving art community that has endured through several changes in the neighborhood since the early 1900s of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Northeast Los Angeles has a long tradition in the arts. Many working artists now continue this tradition by making their homes and having their studios here. Highland Park and nearby Eagle Rock features dozens of independent studios and gallery spaces that represent a diverse array of artisans and cultures. They range from places like Avenue 50 Studios, which features Chicano artists to Judson Studios, a stained glass studio that has called Highland Park home for over 100 years.

Currently, the artistic legacy of the Arroyo Seco is carried on through NELAart and the Arroyo Arts Collective. NELAart is based in Highland Park and consists of galleries and art organizations located in Northeast Los Angeles who are dedicated to increase the visibility of the thriving arts community in the areas. NELAart provides a resource to share information and ideas, and assist in promoting galleries and organizations.

NELAart hosts monthly art walks where galleries and shops along York and Figueroa Blvd. are open late and is filled with pedestrians, patrons, clients, and diners. The mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective, founded in 1989, is to develop and present creative events that educate and expand the audience for culture while creating an awareness of the creative vitality that exists in northeast Los Angeles.

For 22 years now, the Arroyo Arts Collective has hosted the Annual Discovery Tour – a self guided auto tour featuring more than 100 artists in homes and studios in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington, and neighboring areas.