An audience of close to 200 packed into WeWork Fine Arts building in Downtown LA for I, too, am America, a student presentation of stories + art, on February 16. The community gathered to hear students from nearly 20 schools across Los Angeles share their perspectives on the major political issues of our time, introduced by LA Times Editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj, PBS SoCal COO Jamie Myers, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar.
This event was the culmination of a project centered on themes from the iconic Langston Hughes poem, "I, too." LA Times High School Insider and PBS SoCal’s Student Reporting labs partnered with Mendez High School and artworxLA to create a series of election-issue stories and art that reflect student perspectives. Over the course of two months, 16 student writers and 16 student artists from across the city worked together to explore their place in the evolving American landscape. PBS SoCal and HS Insider featured the pieces they created online, and on February 16, students presented this work to the community--live--in poems, spoken word, animation, video, art, and original song.
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The night in photos, below.
Special thanks to our many wonderful partners at the following organizations: HS Insider, artworxLA, 826LA, and schools: South East, Granada Hills Charter, CHAMPS (Charter High School of the Arts), Mendez, St. Genovieve, Corona del Mar, East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy, Orange County High School of the Arts (OCSHA), LA River School, Etiwanda, Social Justice Humanitas Academy, and Daniel Pearl Magnet.