Student Art at City Hall


Leanndra Martinez
Los Angeles Education Partnership
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Students Share What is in Their Hearts at the Bridge Gallery

LOS ANGELES (10/2/12) – Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP)

An exhibition that documents the journey of thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District students is on display at the Bridge Gallery in City Hall from October 4 through November 5, 2012. The installation entitled “What is in your heart? – The world is listening to students” is a unique collection of drawings and prose that captures the dreams, hopes, and ideas of high school students across Los Angeles.

“What is in your heart? – The world is listening to students” is the result of a two-year collaboration between artist Petra Eiko, Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), and seven schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. These schools, supported by LAEP’s Humanitas Initiative, implement an interdisciplinary, thematic instructional model. They include: the Social Justice Humanitas Academy at Cesar Chavez Learning Academies, Humanitas Academy at Santee Education Complex, Academy of Medical Arts at Carson High School, Humanitas SLC at Grant High School, Humanitas School of Arts and Media at Lincoln High School, Humanitas Art School at Roosevelt High School, and Green Cities and Transportation at San Fernando High School.

The exhibit is a variation of the-green-heart project, a traveling interactive art installation created by Eiko that asks people to anonymously respond to the question, “What is in your heart?” Eiko introduced the-green-heart project to schools, and provided all the necessary materials so the project could be lead by a group of student ambassadors.

What started out with a single sheet of paper in a student’s hand ended in classrooms and hallways covered from floor to ceiling with meaningful messages and artwork because the-green-heart project wall gives students a safe space to share their feelings anonymously.

The Bridge Gallery is located between the two buildings on the third floor of Los Angeles City Hall: 201 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Visiting hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Free.

About Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP)
Established in 1984, Los Angeles Education Partnership is a nonprofit organization that supports schools in high-poverty areas of Los Angeles. Respected for its many successes in the field of education, LAEP remains committed to fostering great schools,. Unique in its collaborative approach to working with schools, LAEP partners with teachers, parents and the community to identify and select the services, educational methods or resources deemed most appropriate to address each school’s needs in order to help students graduate ready for college and career. Each year, LAEP serves more than 1,400 educators and 60,000 students from prekindergarten through high school in high-poverty, multicultural communities across Los Angeles County. For more information about LAEP, please visit

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