(left to right) David G. Brown, instructor, Erik Greenberg, Director of Education Autry National Center and students at Los Angeles School of Global Studies; Ana Hernandez, Armand Bovoso and Mauricio Zelaya.
During the first semester of senior year, the seniors of LASGS took on a rigorous but yet very meaningful project. The seniors learned about the California Dream Act, the bill that allows undocumented students access to state aid for schooling.
After learning about the California Dream Act the students had to bring awareness about this topic using different and creative tools. LASGS students partnered up with community partner CARECEN (an organization for empowering Central Americans), and composed a mural. The other portion made a documentary showing the hardships undocumented students face. Lastly, students composed pictures representing the California Dream Act, and impending immigration issues using their newly taught digital media skills with Digital Media teacher David G. Brown.
After much praise for the digital artwork Brown saw an opportunity to go beyond. He decided to expand that audience to not only the community but to a public scale. Brown contacted Erik Greenberg, Director of Education at the Autry National Center and managed to get us an exhibit that displays both the mural and our digital images.
Students created and help curate the exhibit. The grand opening and reception took place at the Autry Center on March 15, 2012. Parents, teachers, and strangers flooded the exhibit, and came to praise the art of the students.
Principle of LASGS Felipe Velez who attended the event expressed his awe by stating, “I can’t say enough how proud I am of the students, and I say the entire community because it meant that the teachers were also inspiring the students to work on the project, and to make connections. We can come together in such an amazing way. I felt that students themselves really supported the Autry museum event, and that was a great thing to see.”
The experience was memorable, and it couldn’t have been possible without the help of many. Being the first class to ever have their artwork shown is a museum was something just phenomenal. Senior Ana Hernandez who attended the event said, “I think it’s really cool that we got our work to be exhibited. It’s getting recognition from other people, not just that of our school”.
This event did more than just showcase the hard work of the senior class and teacher. It raised the standards for the next upcoming juniors as well as motivated them. Fathema Safa a junior who attended the exhibit commented “I feel motivated to do the same thing the seniors did. They put a lot of hard work in, and that’s why their work was placed in the national museum.” This exhibit demonstrated that big things are achievable with hard work.
The exhibit will be up till mid April so hurry soon! For more information about the Autry National Center and he exhibit contact Erik Greenberg at 323 667-2000 ext #234 or visit their website at http://theautry.org/