Humanitas Students to Display Work at the Getty Museum


Leanndra Martinez
Los Angeles Education Partnership
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Los Angeles (November 2011) — Students from four LAUSD high schools will exhibit their artwork at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Saturday, December 3, 2011 as part of a special collaboration between the Humanitas Initiative at Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), 826LA and the Museum’s Education department. The project was undertaken as part of the region-wide exhibition Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture 1950-1970.

“We are grateful to the Getty for creating this opportunity and to the teachers who inspired their students to express their thinking so beautifully and profoundly,” said Jane Patterson, Director of LAEP’s Humanitas Initiative. “The intellectual vitality and creativity of Los Angeles youth is always exciting to behold.”

The one-day special event will include photography, dance, film, and assemblage, created by Humanitas students at the East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy (ELAPAA) and Humanitas Academy of Art & Technology (HAAT) at Esteban E. Torres High School; Humanitas Academy of Education and Human Services at Chatsworth High School; and Arts and Humanities Academy at Dorsey High School. The evening will include a reception, an address from the Getty Museum’s Assistant Director for Education, Toby Tannenbaum, and a message from LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John Deasy.

More than 250 participating students worked closely with the Getty Museum’s Education Department to create works inspired by the themes in Pacific Standard Time and the permanent collection. At ELAPAA, students choreographed original dance pieces based on John Mason’s “Blue Wall” sculpture and Peter Alexander’s “Cloud Box.” At Chatsworth, students were inspired by James Ensor’s painting “Christ’s Entry into Brussels” and the assemblage work of Betye Saar, creating doors of various cultural and political entries into Los Angeles. Dorsey students produced short films that are in dialogue with the artists in Crosscurrents. Students from HAAT will present photography after working closely with photographer Eileen Cowin, whose work is displayed in the Getty’s Narrative Interventions in Photography exhibit. All students wrote artists’ statements with volunteers from 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring center.
“This rare and incredible opportunity of showing their own photos at the Getty Museum, and of working with the amazing and masterful mentor, Eileen Cowin, has more than inspired my imaging students,” said Joan Dooley, Media Arts teacher at HAAT. “It has catapulted them into a new world, into a new way of expressing their ideas and feelings photographically and conceptually.”

About Los Angeles Education Partnership
Los Angeles Education Partnership’s mission is to help students in high-need schools improve their academic achievement by partnering with educators, parents, and the community. Founded in 1984, LAEP became the first educational-transformation organization in Los Angeles and among those at the forefront of the movement nationwide. Humanitas is an interdisciplinary instructional model supported by LAEP. For more information about LAEP, please visit