Student Exhibit Opens This Week at Central Library in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2015) – Artworks created by K-12 students from the Los Angeles Unified School District will be featured in the Los Angeles Central Library’s atrium. The exhibit, which begins Friday and continues through May 22, features prints of original paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphic designs, and media arts. It’s part of the continuing “Let’s Celebrate!” series sponsored by L.A. Unified’s Arts Education Branch.

An opening reception also will be held Friday, as part of the exhibit, featuring student awards and the artists, Isabel Martinez, Donghyuk Shin of the USC (School for Visual Arts & Humanities), and Devon Tsuno. The event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ,is free and open to the public.
This past Saturday, Let’s Celebrate! put the spotlight on dance. An estimated 400 students from 17 schools across the District displayed their dancing and choreographic talents for family and friends.
The day featured not only the student dancers, but student film crews, student choreographers, and a high school student conducting radio interviews for Teen Day Broadcasting (Teen Day Broadcasting airs its programming through Radio Airlift, located on Beverly Hills High School campus) with program host and former child star Rodney Allen Ripley and Dan Pettegrew, the program’s media advisor.
Producer Nigel Lythgoe from So You Think You Can Dance, Alyson Reed from Disney’s High School Musical franchise, and LAUSD alumni and dancer Jashun “Jayy” Gamble shared their journey into the arts and dance.
“The student performances exemplified how the arts affect their creativity, willingness to work together, and encourages confidence in the shiest performer,” said Rippy. “Let’s Celebrate Arts” is on the move again, and we’re excited to be a part of promoting the importance of the arts in LAUSD. I myself was a benefactor of the arts, which propelled my career. We are 100 percent behind LAUSD’s initiative to grow arts education to children in the District and across the country.”
“These festivals strengthen the LAUSD family,” said Rory Pullens, Executive Director of Arts Education, “and they allow parents and the broader community to rally around positive expression through the arts. The awareness continues to grow about the immense artistic talent in LAUSD, and we have an obligation and a commitment to include the arts in our students’ educational experience.”
Contact: Thomas Waldman (213) 241-6766

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