LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2014) – Mementos, including a vintage typewriter and rare Roman coins, are among the items from the L.A. Unified’s vast art and artifacts collection that will soon be on display. On Tuesday, March 11 from 1- 4 p.m., the District’s Art and Artifact museum will open to the public for the first time.
The museum is making its public debut in honor of the LAUSD Arts Fest, which began March 1 and ends Sat., March 15 with a day-long celebration of student excellence at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.
“The artifacts exhibited reveal and reflect moral and religious beliefs and scientific innovations,” said Dr. Steven McCarthy, Coordinator for the Arts Education Branch. “The exhibit hopes to capture and elucidate the District’s past and underscore its accomplishments since its humble beginnings in 1855.”
At the museum, located at the South Beaudry Avenue headquarters, visitors can take a self-guided exhibit tour designed to illuminate the District’s rich history. Also intended to preserve the District’s cultural heritage, the collection provides a snapshot of public education in Los Angeles, as well as insights about the development of teaching and learning.
Upon entering, the first case displays the District’s historical artifacts and representations of Angelenos then and now. Next, one can imagine a late 19th-century classroom. The desks, map, blackboard and other furnishings and materials date to the District’s early era and represent those that may have been used in the original brick schoolhouses. Displays also highlight District history and evolving interactions with students and community.
The doors of the original Heritage Schoolhouse will also be on display. The old Vernon Avenue Schoolhouse, built in 1884, functioned until the 1930s.
With more than 30,000 visual resources and historical artifacts, the collection captures a wide spectrum of histories and perspectives. The Art and Artifact Collection contains instructional materials, such as ancient artifacts from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome; California impressionist paintings and a broad collection of individual school publications. Old textbooks, photos and slides capture the history of the curricula, as well as, changes in educational, political and scientific thought.
Originally built at the old headquarters at 450 N. Grand Ave., the museum moved a decade ago to the current site at 333 S. Beaudry Ave.
###Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766