MELROSE—Melrose Trading Post, the nonprofit organization of the Greenway Arts Alliances which is known for uniting communities through art, and education has closed due to the coronavirus.
The Melrose Trading Post was founded in 1997. The flea market is known to promote artists, makers, designers, and collectors on their art. Due to the coronavirus, the Melrose Trading Post was able to provide an online directory for customers to connect and shop with their favorite vendors. The Melrose Trading Post provides exclusive interviews with creative small business owners and musical performances by local artists live on Instagram on Sundays from 12 p.m. through 4 p.m. during the implementation of stay-at-home orders.
According to the Melrose Trading Post website, “Through admission and vendor fees, the Melrose Trading Post has grown to become the most successful ongoing social enterprise program in the history of Los Angeles Unified School District, awarding grants to Fairfax High School organizations for sports equipment, beautification projects, teacher programs, theatre productions, and more.”
Fairfax High School students are provided paid internships, after school classes, and volunteer opportunities through the Greenway Court Theatre, Melrose Trading Post, and Greenways Institute for the Arts. In order to be considered for these opportunities students must fill out an application, have a work permit, letter of recommendation, and at least a 2.5 GPA. Funding for students are provided courtesy of admission fees and vendors from the Melrose Trading Post.